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Inpatient Care: Intermediate Care Unit
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Intermediate Care Unit

Comprehensive Care to Promote Healing

The Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) at Central DuPage Hospital provides nursing care for patients who are too ill for the general inpatient unit, yet do not need the extremely intensive level of care of the ICU. Care of patients in the IMCU typically calls for frequent and intense observation as the patient’s clinical condition changes.

Our IMCU is a 27-bed unit where patients with acute pulmonary, medical, surgical and cardiac conditions receive treatment and excellent care.


Patient care services vary widely, depending on each individual’s specific needs. Common services provided in the Intermediate Care Unit include:

  • Airway management
  • Tracheotomies, to provide more oxygen to the lungs
  • Ventilator support, for patients unable to breathe on their own
  • Insertion and maintenance of central IV lines
  • Insertion and maintenance of chest tubes
  • Pulse oximetry, to measure oxygen in the blood
  • Stable and titratable medicated infusions
  • Cardiac telemetry, to monitor heart function

The Team

Patients benefit from the commitment of physicians, nurses and others dedicated to outstanding care for patients with complex medical and surgical needs. The Intermediate Care Unit at CDH is staffed by:

  • Registered nurses, including the patient care manager and charge nurse
  • Patient care technicians (PCTs)
  • Administrative staff
  • Staff educator

In addition, professionals from varied disciplines add support whenever needed. Patients may receive support from specialists in care coordination, nutrition, pharmacy, social work, spiritual care, rehabilitation services, IV therapy and pain management.

To Check on a Patient in IMCU

Call 630-933-4081 to check on the status of a patient in the Intermediate Care Unit. To protect each patient’s privacy, our staff may only dispense patient information to designated people, such as the patient’s spouse or next of kin. Please limit unnecessary calls to the ICU so that we may concentrate on providing care for our patients.

Location and Hours

Intermediate Care is located on the 3 South of Central DuPage Hospital.