Intensive Care Units

Yale New Haven Hospital's intensive care units provide specialized care and treatment for critically ill patients. Many of our ICUs offer specialization by various disciplines including cardiac care, neurosurgical, neonatal, pediatric and transplantation.

Intensive Care Units

The Cardiac ICU (CICU) cares for adult cardiac patients with life-threatening critical illness, particularly heart attack/coronary artery blockages, heart failure, heart-muscle conditions and irregular heartbeat.

The unit supports patients through diagnostic procedures such as cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology studies and devices such as pacemakers, intra-aortic balloon pumps and left ventricular assist devices. The unit also provides drug-eluting stents and brachytherapy.

The CICU is staffed by a specialized team of critical care nurses and cardiologists.

Phone number

203-688-2176

Visiting policy

Visitors are allowed 24 hours a day, two visitors at a time per patient.


The Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU) cares for patients having open-heart or lung surgery, heart transplant surgery, valve replacement or repair or placement of ventricular assist devices. The CTICU staff includes cardiothoracic surgeons, thoracic surgeons and specially trained nurses. 

Phone number
203-688-2430

Visiting policy
Five 10-minute visits are allowed each hour in the immediate postoperative period with a limit of two to three family members per visit.

Family and patient support
Cardiac surgery support groups and informational groups are available for both patients and their families. For more information, please call the social worker on staff at 203-688-3218.



The Medical ICUs (MICUs) on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses serve patients with a wide variety of medical problems. The units care for patients who are in critical condition or whose condition necessitates specialized nursing and technology.


MICU staff have special training in critical care.

Phone numbers

Saint Raphael Campus: 203-789-3200

York Street Campus: 203-200-6609

Visiting policy

Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week, usually two visitors at a time. Visiting hours for specific patients are at the discretion of the patient's nurse.

Family and patient support
The MICU team includes social workers, dietitians, care coordinators and a unit chaplain from Spiritual Care.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) provides intensive care, support and neonatal transport services for critically ill newborn infants in Connecticut and beyond. Yale New Haven opened the world's first NNICU in 1960. 

Premature infants and babies are cared for by a team that includes neonatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialists, pediatric pharmacists and other specialists. Medical and surgical physicians with special expertise in the care of critically ill newborns, including pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, neurosurgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons and other experts also participate in infants' care.

Phone number
York Street Campus: 203-688-2318

Saint Raphael Campus: 203-789-3383

Visiting Policy
Parents may visit at any time. For family member, guests and sibling visits, parents should speak to their infant's primary nurse for further details. All visitors must wash their hands before entering the nurseries.

Family and Patient Support
As a patient- and family-centered care facility, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital welcomes parents as equal members of our team. Parents are encouraged to participate in daily, multidisciplinary rounds. A family support specialist is available upon request.

The Neurosurgical ICU (Neuro ICU) cares for patients who have suffered stroke, traumatic brain and spine injury, aneurysm, autoimmune and movement disorders (including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and Gullian-Barre) and neurological disorders. Patients in the unit are closely monitored for subtle neurological changes.

The medical staff includes neurologists, neurosurgeons and specialized nurses.

The Neuro ICU is an active participant in stroke and brain tumor research.

Phone number

203-688-2341

Visiting policy
Visitors are allowed in the unit throughout the day, but may be asked to step out at the discretion of the patient's nurse.

Family and patient support
A brain tumor support group is available; ask a neuro ICU nurse for more information.

Phone number
203-384-3199

Visiting Policy
Parents may visit at any time. Grandparents and siblings, accompanied by their parents, are encouraged to visit from 8 am to 8 pm. For the safety of our babies, we ask that parents provide medical proof that visiting siblings have been vaccinated against or have already had the chicken pox virus. For questions about visiting hours and guidelines, please speak with the newborn ICU staff.

Family and Patient Support
A parent resource room is available to parents whose babies are patients in the newborn intensive care unit. Located on the unit and has a kitchenette, bathroom, lockers and a computer with Internet access.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) cares for infants, children and teens. Specialized nurses provide intensive care for children recovering from catastrophic illness, trauma and surgery.

Patients are admitted to the PICU from other sites within the hospital's emergency department, operating rooms, clinics and from other hospitals by a critical care transport team, available 24 hours a day. 

Phone number
203-688-2323

Visiting Policy
Family can visit 24 hours a day

Family and Patient Support
As a patient- and family-centered care facility, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital welcomes parents as equal member of our team. Parents are encouraged to participate in daily rounds. The Family Resource Center offers families access to computers, the internet and other resources for information on children's health care, specific diagnoses and other topics.


The center provides:

  • Intensive, individualized therapy, including physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Care coordinated by a physician specializing in rehabilitation
  • Multidisciplinary care, including specially trained rehabilitation nurses, social workers, and speech and language pathologists
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Home-care planning
  • Outpatient therapy

Phone number

203-301-6261

Visiting hours

Weekdays, 3 - 8 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 11 am - 8 pm



The Surgical ICUs (SICU) on the Saint Raphael and York Street campuses care for patients who have had surgery for trauma, vascular, ear, nose and throat, urology, gynecology/oncology, maternal high risk, orthopedic, plastic and other conditions.

The unit is staffed by physicians and nurses specializing in intensive care.

Phone numbers

Saint Raphael Campus: 203 789-3417

York Street Campus: 203-688-2338 (6th floor);  203-688-3335 (7th floor)

Visiting policy
Visitors are allowed at any time of the day. The patient's nurse determines the number of visitors and length of visits.

Family and patient support
The unit's care team can assist patients and their families who need support services.

The Transplantation ICU (TICU) provides special care for patients undergoing liver, pancreas and kidney transplantation. A medical staff person trained in critical care and certified in advanced cardiac life support is always available.

Phone number
203-688-4457

Visiting policy
Visitors are allowed throughout the day at the discretion of the nursing staff.

Family and patient support
A full-time social worker is available to patients and their families.