Clinical Decision Unit (CDU)

Clinical Decision Unit (CDU)

The CDU is located on the first floor of the Elliot Hospital. The unit has ten private rooms. This unit is a designated area for patients who may not meet criteria for an inpatient admission but require extended monitoring or testing.

About Our Department

The CDU provides care to observation patients with cardiac medical diagnoses included, but not limited to, coronary artery disease, syncope, congestive heart failure, chest pain, asthma, allergic reaction, cellulitis, dehydration, syncope and transient ischemic attack (TIA).

All our patients are assessed and reviewed through an interdisciplinary team approach. The disciplines that work collaboratively on this unit include:

  • Nursing
  • Social Work and Case Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Phlebotomy
  • IV Team
  • Pastoral Care
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Food and Nutritional Services

Mission Statement

The Clinical Decision Unit is committed to improving the health and well-being of our patients by providing specialized medical and nursing care through a highly trained staff utilizing the most current technological equipment available. Care is delivered in a compassionate, personalized manner. We affirm individual work and dignity by addressing the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of nursing care expertise to meet the diverse needs of our community and exceed their expectations. We take pride in our collaborative relationships with our patients, their families, and all ancillary services that are involved in returning our patients to health and wellness.


We are committed to the highest standards of quality and excellence. We respect each other with open and honest communication and work collaboratively to create an atmosphere of healing. We encourage patient autonomy and independence. We take pride and show support in the success of others.


The Clinical Decision Unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Family members, care partners, and visitors are encouraged to visit with patients during the day and early evening to promote healing and rest. Children under 14 years of age are permitted to visit when supervised by an adult visitor.

Visitor Policy

Contact Us

Specific questions regarding care on the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit can be directed to the Department Manager, at 603-663-7508.