Intensive CareThe Hartford Hospital Medical Division for Nursing includes a Medical Intensive Care Unit, a Medical Step-Down (Intermediate Care) Unit, five General Medicine Units, an Oncology & Palliative Care Unit, and the IV Therapy Team.

The Nursing Leadership Team for Medicine focuses on creating and maintaining a healthy work environment and outstanding patient care setting by incorporating Hartford Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Caring, Excellence, and Safety into all aspects of unit operations and patient interactions.

The Medicine Nursing Leadership Team continuously strives to promote, support, and advance nursing excellence specific to clinical practice, leadership, collaboration, and professional development.

Nursing Units

Bliss 11 ICU

Bliss 11 ICU is a 16 bed medical teaching intensive care unit. The patient population is varied and complex and includes patients with pulmonary disease, GI bleed, drug overdose, HIV, and sepsis. The ICU team utilizes state of the art technology in tandem with expert and compassionate nursing care. Working closely and collaboratively with our physician, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant partners, the nursing team employs invasive hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, continuous venovenous hemofiltration, and complex drug therapies to promote optimal clinical outcomes for our patients.

Bliss 11 East Step-Down

Bliss 11 East is a 24-bed general medicine and pulmonary patient care unit. This unit includes 12 Step-Down (Intermediate Care) beds and 12 acute care general medicine/telemetry beds. The unit team provides care to a variety of medically complex patient populations with a primary focus on caring for patients coping with pulmonary diseases including: pneumonia, asthma, COPD, respiratory failure, and cystic fibrosis.

General Medicine Units

Bliss 5 (42 beds), Conklin Building 5 (47 beds), Center 12 (26 beds), North 11 (26 beds), North 12 (26 beds)

Our general medicine units provide care to medically complex patients with chronic and acute medical conditions. Each of the medical units specializes in specific areas of medicine, but all of the units generally care for any acutely ill medical patient. These patients require a variety of innovative interventions which are coordinated collaboratively with all of our clinically expert partners. North 11, North 12, and Conklin Building 5 provide care to medical patients requiring cardiac telemetry monitoring. Each of the medical units provides a very stimulating and professionally engaging clinical environment.

About the Cancer Program

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center
fosters an environment where decisions are made based on outcome measures and continuous quality improvement. Caregivers create an environment that is respectful and caring and encourage patients to become partners in the determination and delivery of their own care.
The Cancer Program is a regional leader in meeting community and cancer patient needs by providing flexible, innovative and distinctive programs, and strives to continuously strengthen our program and builds collaborative relationships based upon defined patient needs.
Conklin Building 2 Oncology & Palliative Medicine

Conklin Building 2 is a 26 bed acute medical oncology unit providing an interdisciplinary team approach to oncology care for adult patients. The oncology team provides care to patients coping with a variety of cancer diagnoses including solid tumors and malignant and premalignant hematological disorders. Patients receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy and may be at varying stages of treatment or disease process, including end-of-life. The unit nurses collaborate closely with the Hartford Hospital Palliative Care Team to compassionately address all aspects of end-of-life care.

IV Therapy

The IV Therapy Team provides IV support and expertise to patients and staff throughout the hospital during the day and night. Members of the team insert Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) each day during day time hours. The team supports the unit nursing staff by inserting peripheral IVs for difficult cases. The IV nurses act as a patient advocate when certain options have failed. The team provides consultative services for nurses to review IV Therapy insertions, complications, and alternative IV Therapy options and also provides care and maintenance for all PICC lines, peripheral IVs, and infusaports.