Women's and Children's Hospital closing ICU

May 22, 2012

A Columbia hospital says it will close its adult intensive care unit next month because it is not being used enough.

Patients who need critical care at Women's and Children's Hospital will be taken by ambulance to University Hospital.

The decision also displaces 11 nurses. But University of Missouri Health Care officials say they help the nurses find jobs in other parts of the health system.

Missouri Health spokesperson Mary Jenkins says the Women's and Children's adult ICU had an average daily patient census was 1.5.

The Columbia Tribune reports the hospital's pediatric and neonatal ICUs will remain open.

Jenkins says less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the hospital's patients require critical care, which will be provided at University Hospital.

The closing is scheduled for June 8.