Cardiac Progressive Care Unit

Norton Children’s Hospital offers a 12-bed cardiac progressive care unit for children recovering from heart conditions. This progressive care unit, sometimes called a step-down unit, is for children who have reached a milestone in their recovery and no longer require intensive care in the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU).

Children in our progressive care unit are cared for by the board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and nurse practitioners with Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. Children are monitored closely with telemetry, a way to check vital signs remotely. Nurses in our progressive care unit also are specially trained to care for children with heart conditions.

What Is a Progressive Care Unit?

Children needing care in an intensive care unit, such as the CICU, are typically the sickest, needing extremely close monitoring and care. As a child’s condition stabilizes and improves, they can graduate, or step down, to a progressive care unit. That’s why these units often are called step-down units. These children still receive specialized care and close monitoring by our heart specialists, but they have improved enough that they can move out of the CICU on their way to recover at home.

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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