Critical Care

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's Critical Care Units provide state-of-the-art care around the clock.

The 15-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and 18-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) are prepared to provide comprehensive critical care services for any unforeseen event including trauma, cardiac, neurovascular diseases, and many other chronic and acute serious illnesses.

Our critical care registered nurses provide expert care to critically ill patients and are knowledgeable sources of information for patients and their families.

The MICU and SICU have received the Beacon Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing from the American Association of Critical Care nurses for the past 2 years.  The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence recognizes Critical Care Units that achieve the highest quality outcomes.

At Cottage, we encourage family and friends to be part of the patient's care team and to ask questions. Visiting hours are generally open and based on patient and family discretion as well as the condition of the patient.

Critical Care Services at SBCH

Visits to the Critical Care Units are usually unplanned.  They can result from a chronic or acute illness, an accident, or recovery from major surgery.  Whatever the need, the SBCH critical care staff provides critical care nursing care across the complete spectrum of critical care services to patients, families, and loved ones. As a teaching hospital, we continually develop and advance the techniques that improve patient care.

Critical Care Services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital include:

  • Around-the-clock staffing by physician specialists and registered nurses trained in critical care
  • Critical care intensivist on staff
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Level 2 Trauma Center
  • Cardiac critical care
  • Open heart surgery program
  • Neuro interventionalist program
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonary hypertension program
  • Supported by full range of ancillary services such as respiratory care, social services, physical therapy, nutrition, palliative care consultative services, spiritual care, and discharge planning.