C8 Surgical Intensive Care in the Surgical Unit at Hartford Hospital

The Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 14-bed surgical teaching unit that utilizes a multidisciplinary health care team approach to 24-hour care.

The patient population is served by a multitude of medical specialties including cardiothoracic, vascular, trauma, transplant as well as general surgery. As a statewide referral for Centers of Excellence and a Level 1 trauma center, the SICU serves those patients with the most complex multi-system issues that characteristically vary from the “typical” critical path scenario.

The SICU provides state-of-the-art technology for the adult critically ill including hemodynamic monitoring (both invasive and advanced non-invasive techniques), continuous renal replacement therapy (CVVH-D), titration of vasoactive drugs as well as many other critical care therapies.

The SICU has also implemented advanced strategies for serving the families of the critically ill. Offering a family voice mail system, family presence on interdisciplinary rounds and regularly scheduled family meetings, supports family assurance and information needs.
Nursing growth and development are high priorities in the SICU. Many educational offerings both within the hospital and outside the hospital are offered and supported. The SICU is on the cutting edge in bringing evidenced-based medicine to the bedside. Development of a behavioral pain scale and involvement in a national benchmarking program for achieving unsurpassed clinical outcomes are just two examples of the outstanding quality of care provided by the nurses in the SICU. A strong preceptor/mentorship program and tri-annual validations support all competencies expected of the SICU nurses.


Surgical Unit
80 Seymour Street
Center Building 8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06102
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Our surgeons

Name Specialties Location
Costanzo, Nicholas John, MD 860.246.2071
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
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  • Hartford
Croteau, Alfred J., MD 860.246.2071
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
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  • Hartford
Daman, Daniel S., MD 860.246.2071
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
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  • Hartford
Keating, Jane, MD 860.246.2071
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Hartford
Kelliher, Kristine, MD 860.246.2071
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
Lee, Jessica M., MD 860.246.2071
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
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  • Hartford
Mah, John Wesley, MD 860.972.5022
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
Merchant, Nishant D., MD 860.972.4189
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
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  • Hartford
Pepe, Judith Laich, MD 860.972.5201
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurocritical Care
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  • Hartford
Ricaurte, Daniel, MD 860.545.5000
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Hartford

Surgical Intensive Care in the Surgical Unit (SICU)