Surgical ICU Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1 to 10
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available


The Surgical ICU (SICU) is a specialized ICU on the 3rd floor of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. This Unit opened in 2007 and has completed over 3,100 open heart surgeries since. SICU aims to provide high-quality care to each patient who requires intensive care. SICU specializes in providing services for post-operative open-heart, post-intervention for STEMI, post-vascular surgery, and post-surgical patients requiring mechanical ventilation or the use of titratable vasoactive medications. We also care for patients who require the use of specialty equipment such as balloon pumps, impella's, and temporary pacemakers.

This Unit is focused on creating the best environment for recovery following surgical intervention. We have great staff that focuses on providing the highest quality and individualized care to each patient. Our team has met many goals such as achieving a Beacon Award for Excellence through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). We have also received a five-star Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC) excellence award for “scoring in the top 10% nationally for overall quality of care”.

SICU offers numerous engagement opportunities. We have a unit practice council that meets regularly to discuss unit improvements. There are opportunities for continuing education such as Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) and Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) as well as the opportunity to gain professional nursing credentials through the AACN. We also provide regular opportunities to participate in simulations focusing on resternotomy for cardiac surgery patients and the ability to be trained in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) for patients requiring continuous dialysis.

Orientation consists of 12 weeks of one-on-one training with a SICU nurse. You are provided an orientation binder with skill-sets necessary to complete during orientation. You are also provided with a “fast-facts” book full of useful information to help you in practice.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “I enjoy working in SICU because of the complexity of the patient population, the outstanding providers, and the exceptional teamwork.” — Katie Franczak, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.

  • “I like working in SICU because everyone (RNs, PCTs, surgeons) work together well as a team.”  — Alyssa Ewald, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N., C.S.C.

  • “I enjoy working in SICU because this unit has a drive to be better. The certifications, the technology, and the people you work with are highly intelligent and strive to become something more than status quo.” — John Martin, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.

  • “Working in SICU is great because it is an environment that provides you with many opportunities to learn and grow as a professional nurse. We have great providers that love to teach, so you are always learning.” — Angela Dremer, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.