Services at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center  

Progressive Care


In conjunction with our Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Banner Thunderbird offers a Progressive Care Unit, providing patients who are transitioning from intensive care or surgery with a monitored recovery area devoted to their well-being.

The Progressive Care Unit continually monitors heart rhythms and other key body functions to provide the best standard of care to heart patients.

When a patient is admitted to the Progressive Care Unit, his physician and other caregivers have decided he is ready to move (or progress) to the next level of care. The patient requires less additional oxygen, is eating and can increase his activity level. Continuous bedside monitoring and one-on-one nursing (provided while in Intensive Care) is no longer required.

In this unit, patients typically wear a heart monitor (a small box that weighs less than one pound) that sends signals to the nurses' station where a technician observes the heart rate and rhythm. Nurses monitor vital signs, weight measurements and fluid levels to provide the best standard of care to patients.

The increased level of monitoring that happens in Banner Thunderbird’s Progressive Care unit means patients may be attached to machines different than those found in a typical hospital suite.

Progressive Care nurses have chosen to specialize in the treatment of heart patients, and have received ongoing education in this specialty area.

Patient and family comfort
Banner Thunderbird understands the importance of family support for patients during their stay. The Progressive Care Unit patient suites are private, with large, wheelchair-accessible restrooms, to make patients and their family as comfortable as possible.

Rooms also feature flat panel televisions and couches that double as a bed for overnight guests. Immediately outside most rooms is a nurse charting station to ensure that nurses are close at hand when patients need assistance.

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Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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