Critical Care Medicine

Four doctors conducting an ECMO consult

Acute Respiratory Failure

Critical Care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Milstein and Allen Hospitals

The Comprehensive Critical Care Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian (CUIMC/NYP) cares for critically ill patients throughout their inpatient stay. We provide a seamless transition of care—from the initial recognition of impending organ failure through the provision of life support in the intensive care unit (ICU) and beyond.

We staff two state-of-the-art, 12-bed medical intensive care units (MICU) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Milstein hospital and one 12-bed mixed medical-surgical (including cardiac and neurologic) ICU at NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen hospital (AICU). Our ICUs provide cutting-edge advanced critical care services to patients with life-threatening illnesses. Each year, the MICU and AICU care for more than 1,700 patients.

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Care From a Team of Experts

Our experienced and dedicated nurses are trained and certified to work with critically ill patients. We are a Magnet-recognized hospital, and our MICUs have received the Beacon Award for Excellence in patient care, representing a standard of nursing excellence in improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. 

Our dedicated interprofessional MICU team is comprised of:

  • Critical care nurses
  • Intensivists
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pastoral care
  • Patient services administration
  • Perfusionists 
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists 
  • Recreational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Specialized critical care pharmacists
  • Speech-language therapists

We also work closely with our thoracic surgeons and other consulting services to provide comprehensive care for complex patients.

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Access to the Latest Treatments

As part of CUIMC, our faculty are driving the latest research for critical care medicine through clinical trials to improve evaluation, outcomes, and recovery.

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Center for Acute Respiratory Failure

The Center for Acute Respiratory Failure brings together experts with unmatched experience in acute care to provide comprehensive support for adult patients who develop severe respiratory failure.

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The Most Advanced ECMO Team in the Region

The Columbia Medical ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program is one of the world's largest and most experienced adult ECMO programs. We are an Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) platinum-level Distinguished Center of Excellence.

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Award for excellence in life support, Center of Excellence, Platinum