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Critical Care

Expert Care for your Critical Moments

In February 2021, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center completed construction on two brand new critical care floors, located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Center for Advanced Medicine. The department was designed with patients and their families at the forefront with ample space for families to remain with their loved one and take part of the patient’s care. The department’s state-of-the-art rooms feature in-room dialysis connections, eICU telehealth capability and lifting equipment to safely mobilize and move patients. Overall, the units bring a calm, quiet healing environment for our patients receiving critical care from our medical staff.

At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center we understand that patients in our critical care area need specialized care – not only because they are very sick, but because their medical needs are unique.

The department houses three units – each designed to provide experienced nursing and support staff for each patient’s needs.

Neuro ICU – NICU

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is well-equipped to care for patients suffering from neurological events including strokes. The hospital is recognized by The Joint Commission, the American Heart Association, and the American Stroke Association as a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center.

This 23-bed unit also provides care for patients with aneurysms, craniotomies, some spinal surgeries and other neurological symptoms.

Medical-Surgical ICU – MSICU

This is a 25-bed unit providing care for patients immediately after difficult surgeries, patients with pneumonia and gastrointestinal bleeding, and patients on long-term ventilators.

Cardiovascular ICU – CVICU

This is a 24-bed unit providing care for patients who have just had open-heart surgery, are recovering from open-heart surgery or have had interventional cardiology procedures.

Each of the three ICUs also includes step-down rooms for patients who need closer observation before transferring to a medical floor or before discharging from the hospital.


Tele-ICU services represent a new advancement in medicine. Fort Sanders Regional and other Covenant Health hospitals are the first in East Tennessee to provide this service as an extra layer of care for critically ill patients. Covenant Health tele-ICU medical providers are intensivists (doctors with special training in critical care) and highly trained specialists who use telehealth technology to partner with our bedside clinical care teams.

To learn more about Tele-ICU, available now at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, click here.