Intensive Care Unit

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is a specialty unit designed for patients who require continuous, comprehensive, and detailed intensive care due to of the critical nature of the patient's disease or illness. Some common conditions that warrant a stay in the ICU are open heart surgery, stroke, severe infections (sepsis), post-procedural care, congestive heart failure and respiratory distress.

In the Intensive Care Unit a patient’s condition is monitored closely through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Our specially trained team of registered nurses and intensivists (intensive care physicians) provide expert care through a multidisciplinary approach that includes collaboration and consultations with the following departments:

  • Respiratory therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech/language pathology


When the physician determines that intensive care is no longer needed, your loved one will be transferred to another unit where a dedicated care team will continue to monitor his/her progress.

Visiting the Intensive Care Unit

We understand that a stay in the ICU is stressful, and we want to help ease your burden. Should you find yourself or a loved one requiring the services of the ICU, please review our Visitor Guidelines (posted outside the unit) that have been designed to allow us to provide care in the best possible way.

Please note that upon admission into the unit, our team needs time to coordinate care and begin treatment of the patient. We understand how difficult it is to wait, however, we may ask for all visitors to step out of the room as we concentrate on setting up the medical care for the patient.

The ICU waiting room is located outside the entrance to the unit on the second floor and is used as the designated waiting area for our visitors. The cafeteria and gift shop are located near the main lobby on the first floor of the hospital. Chaplains are available at the request of either the patient or family, and our chapel on the first floor is open at all hours, every day.

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