Critical Care Program

Aerial View of The University of Minnesota Medical CenterThe critical care physician services in the Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine(PACCS) division are delivered under a medical-surgical-anesthesiology-advanced practice RN, Critical Care Program. The Director is Ron Reilkoff, MD, Department of Medicine and Associate Director, Craig Weinert, MD, Department of Medicine. The program is supported by the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services contract since 2009.

.We provide on-site intensivist practice in the three largest Fairview hospitals, including 24-hour on-site coverage at University of Minnesota Medical Center. The program supports 16 physicians full time across three academic departments. It funds 3-4 seed grants per year for critical care research and provides educational support for several Fundamentals of Critical Care Support courses per year and an intensive “Critical Care for Hospitalists” program. In 2012, we started the first non-Federal Tele-ICU Program based in Minnesota and provide 24 hour tele-ICU services to 58 ICU beds across the Fairview system with planned expansion to independent hospitals in 2015.

At the University of Minnesota Medical Center there are three daytime ICU services staffed seven days a week: Medical ICU, Surgical ICU and an Integrated Faculty Critical Care Service led by critical care Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners.

A notable aspect of our program is an integrated critical care admission service at UMMC from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM where “medicine” ICU patients are worked-up by MICU residents and 50% of the nights, they are presented to surgical intensivist attendings or “surgical” ICU patients are worked-up by SICU residents, and 50% of the nights they are presented to medicine intensivist attendings. This cross-specialty teaching program is highly rated by the nighttime residents.

Outside view of UMMC, Fairview Ridges, and Fairview SouthdaleAbout 70% of faculty intensivists practice in at least two Fairview ICUs: The University of Minnesota Medical Center with the standard repertoire of medical students, residents and fellows plus a Fairview community ICU such as The Ridges (12 bed ICU in Burnsville, MN) or Southdale (24 bed ICU in Edina , MN). This brings cross-fertilization of academic medicine into community ICUs while bringing back to the trainees at UMMC the faculty’s experience of their practice in a fast-paced mixed med-surg-CVTS-neuro ICU.

At Fairview Southdale two intensivists have overlapping shifts covering on-site from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM with an on-call Intensivist after 9:00 PM to manage patients on-site at the request of the Tele-ICU program.

At Fairview Ridges one intensivist co-manages all critically-ill patients from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a dedicated ICU hospitalist. There is an intensivist on-call the remainder of the day who can return to Ridges at the request of the Tele-ICU program or the on-site hospitalist.

ICU patients at Fairview Lakes (in Wyoming, MN), Fairview Northland (Princeton, MN) and Fairview Range (Hibbing, MN) are co-managed with on-site hospitalists via the Tele-ICU program.


University of Minnesota Medical Center

14- Bed Medical ICU

Medical Directors
David H. Ingbar, MD
William Browne, MD

University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview
500 Harvard Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fairview Southdale Hospital

24-Bed Medical/Surgical/Neurologic ICU

Ron Reilkoff, MD

Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France Avenue S. 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55435-2199

Fairview Ridges Hospital

12-Bed Medical/Surgical ICU

Medical Director
Jeff Chipman, MD

Fairview Ridges Hospital
201 E. Nicollet Boulevard
Burnsville, MN 55337