Critical care in West Palm Beach

JFK Medical Center provides residents of Lake Worth and the surrounding communities access to a 55-bed intensive care unit (ICU). Our ICU offers specialized care through close monitoring and advanced medical equipment for patients who are seriously ill, critically injured or recovering from surgery.

To learn more about the care provided in our ICU, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (561) 548-4535.


JFK Medical Center is home to a neuro-ICU, where patients recovering from a cerebrovascular accident (stroke), neurological trauma or neurosurgery can receive focused, attentive care. Nurses in our neuro-ICU have received special training in neurological assessment and are able to provide comprehensive education to patients and their families following a stroke.

Patients may be admitted to our neuro-ICU after an ischemic stroke that was treated through intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), intra-arterial tPA, mechanical clot removal or a cerebral stenting procedure. If a patient has experienced a hemorrhagic stroke, they may be admitted following an aneurysm coiling or clipping or after ventricular drainage.

Intensivist program

In addition to our comprehensive neurological care services, JFK Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to use intensivists (physicians with extra training in pulmonary care and critical care medicine who specialize in caring for critically ill patients in the ICU). Intensivists coordinate the care provided by nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals as needed by the patient.

Intensivists provide continuous medical assessment and are able to address subtle changes in clinical conditions early on. When problems do arise, one of our intensivists is immediately available to intervene.

Having intensivists on staff results in improved outcomes, reduced ICU stays, fewer clinical and procedural complications and improved patient satisfaction, according to Washington, D.C. based The Leapfrog Group.