Intensive Care Unit

UMC’s Intensive Care Unit provides the highest level of nursing care to trauma, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general surgery, and internal medicine patients.  At 30 beds, it is the largest, most comprehensive intensive care unit in the region. The unit’s nurse to patient ratio is 1:2 or 1:3 depending on patient acuity. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of Registered Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.  Healthcare professionals who work in the medical center’s ICU or rotate through it during their training provide around-the-clock intensive monitoring and treatment seven-days-a-week.  UMC’s ICU nurses are required to certify in high intensity courses such as ACLS, TNCC or ATCN.  Come learn with us at our high-intensity teaching facility.

ICU Management Team

Luis Martinez RN, BSN, CNML (Nurse Mgr.), Sandra Gonzalez RN BSN, CCRN (Director),
Dustin Bierman RN, MSN (Clinical Coordinator)

Unit Council 2014

Mario Nunez RN, BSN (Co-Chair), Oscar Lira-Loera RN, BSN (Chair),
Gaby Diaz RN, BSN (Secretary – Not Shown)

Top 10 Team Members for 2013

Best Supporting Team Member Best Charge Nurse Best New Team Member With Experience Best Preceptor Best RN Rookie With Less Than 1 Year

Sandra Henderson RN, BSN, CCRN

Robert Alvarado RN, BSN

Ivy Manuel RN, MSN, CCRN

Mathew Angayen RN, BSN, CCRN

Dustin Richardson RN, BSN
Best RN Rookie With Less Than 2 Years Best Nursing Assistant or Tech Best Trauma Resource Best Medicine Resource Best Team Player

Oscar Lira-Loera RN, BSN

Norma Contreras CNA

Robert Alvarado RN, BSN

Hortencia Ravelo RN, ADN, CCRN

Gabby Diaz RN, BSN

Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) Certification

Mathew Angayen RN, BSN, CCRN

Hilda Avalos RN, MSN, CCRN

Sandra Henderson RN, BSN, CCRN

Gretchen Keough RN, BSN, CCRN

Ivy Manuel RN, MSN, CCRN

Paul McDonald RN, BSN, CCRN

Hortencia Ravelo RN, ADN, CCRN

Samuel Sanchez RN, BSN, CCRN

Annabell Velarde RN, BSN, CCRN

Interview Panel Members

Dustin Richardson RN, BSN, Angel Pineda RN, BSN, Sandra Henderson RN, BSN, CCRN,
Norma Nevarez RN, BSN, Paul McDonald RN, BSN, CCRN

Xochitl Rueda, RN

Xochitl Rueda has been working in the Intensive Care Unit for two years. She has prior experience working in the Rehab Center. She decided to become a nurse to help people. She likes the work environment at the ICU.

She states the teamwork in her unit is what makes the RN's in the unit be the best at what they do. She really enjoys the hands-on care, plus the critical thinking that being an RN in the Critical Care Unit requires.

Ofelia L. Portillo, RN

Ofelia has been a part of UMC's Intensive Care Unit since she became a nurse 11 years ago. She was encouraged by her mother to pursue a career in the medical field and says it has been a very "rewarding journey."

She enjoys the teamwork, the teaching hospital environment and most of all, seeing people get well after a stay in the ICU.