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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

During those moments when your child’s care becomes your family’s only mission, our compassionate pediatric specialists are available to you.

Female doctor comforting a young girl patient

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a critical care unit for children who are critically ill and require intensive medical care. The PICU in HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital is located on the 5th floor. This eight-bed unit provides care for critically ill pediatric patients under age 18. 

A physician with specialized training in pediatric intensive care medicine, called a pediatric intensivist, supervises the care of the nearly 500 children admitted to the unit every year. A team of pediatric specialists is available to provide specialized care. The PICU nurses are highly skilled and specially trained to work in this critical care environment. 

We'll be right by your side

Elijah and Kassaundra were very scared when their son had to be air-lifted to the pediatric ICU at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. The reassuring kindness and compassion of the medical team went beyond their expectations. Watch as they express their gratitude for the care their son received.