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Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)

In the PICU caring for your child is more than a job -- it's our mission. When your child is seriously ill we provide the highest level of medical care available. You can count on us to be there for your family during this stressful time.

We care for the most fragile, ill or injured children. Our patients are babies and children up to age 21 depending on the diagnosis. We offer a 24-bed unit with all single, private patient rooms.

Care Team

Your child's care will be managed directly by our pediatric critical care specialists also known as pediatric intensivists. Our cardiology patients are treated directly by pediatric cardiology specialists. Our nursing staff ratio is two nurses for each patient and at times, depending on the care needed, one nurse for one patient. 

In the PICU, every intervention, activity, and progression is child appropriate and family focused.  We respect parents as experts on their child and include them in our multidisciplinary rounds.  Our goal is to keep families with their child whenever possible.

Family-Centered Culture

Our pediatric focused care goes beyond treating a disease process and focuses on age appropriate interventions. We use everything from pin wheels for deep breathing exercises, catered monthly dinners that center families during chaos, to a playroom or fish tank to motivate a toddler to ambulate. We strive to provide unprecedented access and convenience with our family-centered design.

We offer:

  • All single (private) patient rooms that include a sleep space for two family members
  • In-room bathrooms
  • Family support areas which include showers
  • "Family Door Passes" so families can easily get back into PICU while maintaining the necessary security of a locked unit

 

Our steadfast focus on every element of family-centered care sets us apart and shows in the healthy children that leave our facility. According to the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) we treat the sickest ten percent of children in the nation. Yet, we are in the top ten percent when it comes to best outcomes and shortest hospital stays. It's the physicians, nurses and support staff who come together with families that make our PICU an extraordinary place of healing.

For more information about our PICU, see our fact sheet.

Visiting Guidelines


  • Parents may visit any time, although you may be asked to wait outside the unit when special procedures, treatments or evaluations occur.
  • Please avoid calling or visiting the unit during shift changes (7:00-8:00 am and 7:00-8:00 pm) because nurses use this time to exchange important patient information.
  • Parents may choose a relative or close friend to accompany them into the PICU.
  • Only two people may visit at a time, and one of those must be a parent. Exceptions can be made during sibling visits, religious ceremonies, or times of crisis.
  • Parents may designate up to six other family members or friends who may visit when parents aren't present.
  • Please talk with your child's nurse about sibling visits or special family needs.
  • Pre-teen siblings must be with an adult at all times, in the unit or the family lounge.
  • Family members and guests must be free of illness when visiting.
  • Please designate one family member to convey patient information to other family and friends.
  • Please respect the privacy of other patients and their families. Our staff cannot answer questions about other children in the unit.