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Areas of Care

All areas of care at UConn John Dempsey Hospital are staffed with highly qualified nursing staff to assist patients and the rest of the care team. We care for patients with a variety of needs. Here is some of the great work that is happening throughout the hospital.


Our nurses on the Oncology Unit care for our patients from the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our nurses receive special NICHE training to care for elder patients and comprehensive training to care for all cancer patients, and strive to provide the best in cancer care and brighten patients' days.

Emergency Department

Our nurses care for patients in life-threatening situations, whether it be from stroke, cardiac event, or other emergency condition. Our nurses who provide stroke care understand that patients who have suffered a stroke need specialized care to minimize long-lasting symptoms and help them recover to their greatest potential. UConn John Dempsey Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Plus award. Learn more.

Intensive Care Unit

In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), our patients need attentive, around-the-clock care for serious injuries and illnesses. Our nurses are there to provide both clinical expertise and comfort during this stressful time. From expert cardiac and neurosurgery to specialized NICHE support for elder patients to our award-winning stroke care, these nurses provide outstanding care for our sickest patients.

Intermediate Unit

In this step-down unit, nurses provide specialized care every day for many cardiac patients. NICHE and stroke care are common in the Intermediate Unit (IU) as well.

Medicine 3 Unit

In partnership with the Connecticut Hospital Association, UConn Health and seven other hospitals are participating in the development of Innovation Units that will identify ways to improve patient care and safety. The Innovation Unit, which will be on Medicine 3, will work hand in hand with the Patient Advisory Committee to cultivate new ideas and put them into practice.

A nurse checks in on a patient in maternity care at UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington

Obstetrics and Gynecology

The OB/GYN staff does great work with our laboring moms. From support through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period, our nurses are trained in all of the latest techniques to offer the most positive experience for typical as well as high-risk moms and their newborns. They were instrumental in opening the area’s first-of-its-kind milk depot and are active in community fundraisers like the March of Dimes.

Psychiatric Unit

The nurses on the Psychiatric Unit are specially trained to treat psychiatric patients with dignity and compassion in a supportive and confidential setting. These patients may have unique needs that our nurses meet daily.


Our Surgery Unit sees a lot of patients recovering from orthopedic surgery as well as neurological, spine, and general surgery, including those who have benefited from our cutting-edge hybrid OR.