Intensive care services in Richmond

The intensive care unit (ICU) at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers intensive care services to patients in Richmond, Virginia, when they are in need of critical care. Our ICU provides continuous 24/7 monitoring of patients who are critically ill with a life-threatening injury or disease. Our hospital is nationally recognized for our award-winning intensive care and has been named a Recipient of Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award and Healthgrades™ Five-Star Recipient for treatment in the following areas:


Recipient of the Healthgrades 2021 Critical Care Excellence Award™

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Procedures in 2021

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 18 Years in a Row (2004-2021)

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2021

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 Years in a Row (2014-2021)

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 18 Years in a Row (2004-2021)

Specialized, expert critical care

Our multidisciplinary ICU team is made up of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, social workers and chaplains.

If you or a loved one are a patient at the Henrico Doctors’ Hospital ICU, you can rest assured that you will receive constant, personal attention. Often, patients in our ICU may be connected to a host of medical equipment, including advanced heart monitors, ventilators for breathing assistance, feeding tubes and catheters. Many of these devices are associated with a high degree of intervention, which means infections may be more common.

Additionally, we provide advanced care for patients following neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, general surgery and kidney transplant.

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital expands on our intensive care services by offering access to our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our large, newly constructed NICU provides critical care for the smallest patients at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Established as a Level III NICU, new parents can feel confident in the advanced care their newborn will receive. Having a NICU onsite also eliminates the need to transfer critically ill newborns to another facility.

Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Additionally, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers exceptional care for pediatric patients requiring critical care in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Our pediatric intensivists are available to care for your child around the clock and are in contact with your child’s pediatrician throughout his or her hospital stay. We also employ a child life specialist who is available to help ease your child’s anxieties and fears about being in the hospital and undergoing upcoming tests and procedures.

Advance directives

Due to the critical condition associated with most patients in the ICU, it is important for the patient and his or her loved ones to discuss the medical wishes and level of intervention desired by the patient. Decisions regarding end-of-life care are difficult to make, and, as such, we recommend patients have an advanced directive on file at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

An advanced directive allows patients to clearly state their medical wishes, should they be too ill to make these choices on their own in the future. Advanced directives also establish a “healthcare proxy,” also known as someone who is trusted to make decisions on behalf of the patient if they are unable to do so.

Visitor information

We welcome visitors in our ICU. Please remember upon your visit to be quiet and courteous, as to not disrupt other patients or the functionality of our ICU staff. Visiting hours are available for family members and guests daily between the hours of 11:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:30pm.