The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at UI Children’s Hospital provides inpatient care for critically ill or injured infants, children, and teenagers who need advanced treatments, special monitoring, and around-the-clock observation by specially trained intensive care doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical team.
Ours is the only comprehensive health care center in Iowa that offers the full range of pediatric critical care therapies. We also are home to an accredited pediatric critical care medicine fellowship program that provides training opportunities in the latest treatments and research for the next generation of pediatric critical care specialists.
UI Children’s Hospital is a designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center—we have the people, the expertise, the experience, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to provide the highest level of care for a wide range of complex, and sometimes rapidly changing, medical problems. This includes after-surgery care for all pediatric surgical procedures, including congenital heart surgery. In addition, we offer specific treatments such as hemofiltration (kidney replacement therapy), ventilation (breathing assistance), ECMO (heart-lung bypass system), and ventricular assist devices (heart pumps).
Comprehensive, continuous care—that’s what parents expect when their child is hospitalized in a PICU. That’s the care we provide to our patients and their families.
- Bicycle helmet - proper usage
- Breathing difficulty
- Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed
- Head injury
- Insect bites and stings
Maleah survives with just “battle scars”
Maleah suffered near-fatal injuries in a horrific car crash, but after spending time in a coma is now a healthy high school student.Read more about Maleah’s story.
“Just as fast as she got bad, she flipped the switch and got better.”
A reaction to fever reducing medicine revealed a syndrome that Emma was able to bounce back from.Read more about Emma’s story.
Iowa City, IowaPediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
200 Hawkins Drive, Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
In House Directions: Take Elevator I to Level 7.
- Phone: 319-356-1615
- Emergency Consultation: 800-322-8442
Shilpa Balikai, DO
Christina Cifra, MD
Melinda Coro, MD
Sarah Haskell, DO
Sameer Kamath, MD
Elizabeth Newell, MD
Other Team Members
- Jodi Becker
- Kristen Brown
- Barb Freyenberger
- Tricia Michna
- April Schmitz
- Irene Aryee, MD
- Pradeep Bangalore Prakash, MD
- Morgan Grundstad, MD
- Ashley Sandeen, DO
- Katharine Robb, MD