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Critical CareIntensive Care Unit

Our highly trained physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care professionals specialize in treating in people recovering from life-threatening medical, surgical or cardiac conditions. Sarasota Memorial’s multidisciplinary Critical Care Services team works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the best outcomes for patients, and to support the families and loved ones of our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients.

Families and Visitors

Having a loved one in the hospital, especially in a critical care setting, can be a stressful experience. The healing process includes the love and support from the important people in each patient’s life. We believe in family-centered care. Family and significant others are important to our patient's care and healing, and we encourage loved ones to help comfort patients in their critical time of need.  

Visiting the ICU

We want to involve you in the care and comfort of your family member, and we will make every attempt to meet your needs. At times, however, we may ask you to stay in the waiting room for a short time while we are attending to patient needs. 

  • Each day, all visitors must check in with security at the 4th floor desk just outside of the G elevators, the badge you are given is good for one calendar day only.

In general, visiting hours are:

  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We request no visitors or phone calls to the unit during shift changes (7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.), when the clinical team is sharing important assessments and reports.

Patient Safety

For the health and security of our patients, all Critical Care Units at Sarasota Memorial remain locked 24/7. To provide the best patient care, we follow these guidelines on the unit:

  • No live plants or flowers are permitted.
  • Visitors must wash hands upon entering and leaving. Hand-washing foam canisters are mounted outside each unit and patient room.
  • Only two visitors at a time are permitted in each patient room.

Palliative Care Services

Led by Medical Director Joelle Vlahakis, MD, who is board certified in Palliative Medicine, Sarasota Memorial's experienced, multidisciplinary Supportive Care Services team aims to improve and enhance patients’ quality of life and to support caregivers and loved ones affected by serious illness. Supportive Care Services offers inpatient consultations seven days a week. For more information or to schedule an inpatient consultation, please call 941-917-7572 or ask the attending physician to put in a request for a consultation.

Important Phone Numbers

Main hospital: 941-917-9000
Critical Care 4th floor waiting room: 941-917-6738 or 941-917-8154
Critical Care 5th floor waiting room: 941-917-6739 or 941-917-8155
Critical Care Director: 941-917-6149
Critical Care Clinical Managers, 4th Floor: 941-917-6238; 5th Floor- 941-917-2840
Case Management (Monday - Friday): 941-917-8116 or 941-917-1559
Spiritual Care: 941-917-1355 or 941-917-1304