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Intensive Care

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.

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A reaction to fever reducing medicine revealed a syndrome that Emma was able to bounce back from.Read more about Emma’s story.

Health Professionals

Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
200 Hawkins Drive, Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

In House Directions: Elevator I, Level 7.

In House Directions: Elevator I, Level 7.


  • Phone: 319-356-1615
  • Emergency Consultation: 800-322-8442

Care Team

Other Team Members

Nurse Practitioners

  • Jodi Becker, ARNP
  • Melinda Brokaw, ARNP
  • Kristen Brown, ARNP
  • Barb Freyenberger, ARNP
  • Tricia Michna, ARNP
  • April Schmitz, ARNP

Current Fellows

  • Irene Aryee, MD
  • Pradeep Bangalore Prakash, MD
  • Morgan Grundstad, MD
  • Weerapong Lilitwat, MD
  • Katharine Robb, MD