Critical Care Units

Every critical care unit is staffed with a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and pharmacists. Each individual has taken specialized training to care of critically ill patients and to work as part of this team.

The Department is closely linked to the critical care units in Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health. The Department operates in several adult critical care units in Edmonton and St. Albert. These units boast state of the art technology and provide exemplary care to approximately 4,000 critically ill patients each year. They also provide outstanding educational and research opportunities for trainees.

University of Alberta Hospital

General Systems Intensive Care Unit | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 28
Unit Director: Dr. Dennis Djogovic

We are a closed unit 28 bed ICU located in the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Center (WMC) (also known as the University of Alberta Hospital) on the third floor. The hospital is located on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. We are a referral hospital for Northern Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, as well as the Northwest Territories. We care for a diverse mix including general medical and surgical patients. We are a regional trauma centre. We also support the liver transplant service including care of the patient with liver failure and post liver transplant. A broad range of paramedical disciplines are involved to support all aspects of the patients and family's care.

Edmonton Firefighter Burn Treatment Centre | Unit Type: Comprehensive Burn Unit | No. of Beds: 4

We are a 8 bed comprehensive burn unit where a total of 4 are designated ICU beds. We are a shared management critical care unit specializing in the care of the burned and severe skin and soft tissue infection. In addition to patients with burns and severe soft tissue infections, the unit also cares for patients with complex head and neck surgery. We are located in the WMC on the third floor next to the General Systems Intensive Care Unit.

Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit | Unit Type: Neuroscience ICU | No. of Beds: 15
Unit Director: Dr. Peter Brindley

Our This shared management unit encompasses 11 ventilated ICU beds, 4 high acuity beds, plus 4 stroke observation beds. Currently located on the fourth floor of the University of Alberta Hospital, our neurosciences intensive care unit is one of only two dedicated neurosciences intensive care units in Canada. A major rebuild expansion is underway, and a fellowship program is starting up. In short, these are exciting and optimistic times for Neuro Critical Care in Northern Alberta.

We are proud of our multidisciplinary collaborative care model for patients with complicated neurological and neurosurgical disorders. We manage the full range of traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysms/subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal cord injury, cerebral tumors, cerebrovascular strokes, neuromuscular disorders, seizures, neurological infections and organ donation. As intensivists we work closely with neurosurgeons, neurologists, interventional radiologists, cerebral doppler technologists and of course, our excellent nurses, and respiratory therapists. We cherish this collaborative model because it takes great teamwork to provide high level specialized neurointensive care.

We are proud of our high survival rates. However, given that this work includes catastrophic spinal cord injury, brain injury and brain death, we take similar great pride and meaning from offering compassionate empathic care for those at end of life, including those who wish to pursue organ donation.

Our neurosciences unit is eager to teach and to learn. We provide training in how to care for patients (and their families) facing severe neurological and neurosurgical disorders. This includes teaching and supervising residents and students in critical care medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, nursing and respiratory therapy. We welcome anyone who wants to learn and contribute. We have regular journal clubs and quality reviews. In addition to education through the Department of Critical Care Medicine there are unique opportunities to access teaching from Neurosurgery and Neurology.

Alongside our educational mandate, our neurosciences unit believes it is essential to contribute to the widest possible range of scholarly pursuits. These activities include research in investigator initiated, CIHR funded, and industry funded projects, and participation in the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Registry. We believe that quality is not accident, and that everyone has an important part to play: come join us! 

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Royal Alexandra Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 25

Unit Director: Dr. Jonathan Davidow

We are a 25 bed General Systems ICU in the Royal Alexandra Hospital, a 894 bed teaching hospital located in the inner city of Edmonton. We are a closed intensive care unit with a full spectrum of paramedical disciplines. We are a referral hospital for Northern Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, as well as the Northwest Territories. We manage a broad variety of medical, surgical and trauma patients. We have expertise in the perioperative care of thoracic surgical patients, high risk obstetrics, continuous renal replacement therapy, plasmapheresis, intracranial pressure monitoring, and management of patients with addictions and mental health needs. On average we admit 4 patients/day and over 1,400 patients per year.

We are a cohesive group of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals who take pride in what we do and like to have a little fun while doing it. We aim to run an accommodating and efficient ICU, while maintaining a major focus on quality, safety, patient and family centered care, and care of our vulnerable populations.

Grey Nuns Community Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 8

Unit Director: Dr. Dominic Carney

The Grey Nuns Community Hospital (GNH) is located in southeast Edmonton, Alberta. The GNH is the Northern Alberta Regional Center for vascular surgery. The GNH ICU is an eight bed Medical/Surgical Adult ICU with special expertise in high-risk and emergency vascular surgery. The ICU is a closed intensive care unit, with 24-hour patient management by five RSPSC-certified Critical Care Medicine specialist physicians who provide 24h per day in-house coverage for more than 500 critically-ill patients annually.

GNCH ICU provides all tertiary critical care services, including advanced forms of mechanical ventilation, acute renal replacement therapy, chronic hemodialysis and plasmapheresis. The ICU also supplies an outreach Rapid Response Team. Multidisciplinary care of the critically-ill patient is emphasized, with the ICU team including critical care fellows, critical care nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, clinical dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and critical care physicians.


Misericordia Community Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 10

Unit Director: Dr. Ella Rokosh

Misericordia Community Hospital is located in west Edmonton, Alberta. It is a major orthopedic (hip and knee), urologic (lithotripsy) and breast cancer surgery center. It is home to the IRSM program as well as the only inpatient hyperbaric chamber in the province. Its nearby affiliate, Villa Caritas, houses 150 geriatric mental health patients.

The Misericordia ICU is a closed 10 bed medical/surgical unit, staffed by 5 RCPSC-certified Critical Care Medicine physicians. They provide daytime in-house care and 24/7 on call coverage which is supplemented at night with in-house extenders and clinical associates. The ICU team is comprised of an intensivist, nurse practitioner, critical care nurse, pharmacist, respiratory therapist and a dietician, all providing team based care to the patients. The team takes pride in their collaborative approach to patient care and has received acknowledgment of their excellent work on the provincial Delirium Initiative.

The Misericordia ICU, which sees on average 400 admissions per year, provides all tertiary care services for variety of critical illnesses with exception of trauma, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery. It has the expertise and equipment to provide advanced modes of ventilation and life support, continuous renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis. It also provides a Rapid Response service to the rest of the hospital. The ICU excels in care of neuromuscular patients and in weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation. The unit’s intensivists are also part of the zonal Chronic Ventilation Program, which spans inpatient and ambulatory care of patients with chronic respiratory failure due to variety of diagnoses.

Sturgeon Community Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 5

Unit Director: Dr. Gabriel Suen

The Sturgeon General Hospital is a 5 bed and 3 high intensity bed closed-model intensive care unit. While a relatively small intensive care unit, we provide a valuable service to the people of St. Albert as well as contributing to the total critical care bed pool for central and northern Alberta. We are able to provide a wide variety of multidisciplinary services and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).

The Sturgeon General Hospital is located in the city of St. Albert, just north of Edmonton.

Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute | Unit Type: Cardiovascular ICU | No. of Beds: 24

Unit Director: Dr. Mohamad Zibdawi

The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is a highly-specialized critical care unit.

We are a 24 bed unit staffed full-time by fellowship-certified critical care specialists. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute performs approximately 1500 adult cardiac surgical cases annually, including heart transplants, lung transplants, ventricular assist devices, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) - both veno-arterial and veno-venous.

CVICU supports all adult cardiac surgical patients from Alberta, Northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and special referrals from other provinces. Adult congenital cardiac surgical patients are also managed in the CVICU.