Children who need special care for a critical condition are admitted to the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Our 20-bed unit is staffed with physicians, nurses and other care professionals that are trained and skilled in caring for children with serious or life-threatening circumstances.
A physician specializing in caring for critically ill children – a Pediatric Intensivist – is on the unit 24 hours a day.
Our PICU also serves as an intermediate or step-down care unit. Children in intermediate care, who are improving but not yet ready to leave intensive care, are followed by a pediatric hospitalist – a hospital-based physician who cares exclusively for hospitalized children.