The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) serves to fulfill the mission statement of the Department of Critical Care Medicine — to provide exemplary care for critically ill patients and conduct cutting edge research related to life-threatening acute medical problems. The PICU was set up in 1969, and at that time was the second pediatric intensive care unit in the country. Since then the PICU has steadily grown to a 36-bed state-of-the-art multidisciplinary unit that cares for the critically-ill children of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio — an approximate catchment area of 5 million. The annual admissions to the PICU are approximately 3500. Due to the tireless dedication of its faculty, fellows and advanced practice providers, the PICU boasts an acuity adjusted observed mortality that is 40% lower than expected.
In addition to being a level 1 trauma center, the PICU also provides post-operative care for many surgical subspecialties e.g. neuro-surgery, orthopedic surgery, and plastic surgery. The PICU has an international reputation in the care of pre and post liver and intestinal bowel transplant patients, and supports ICU's at UVA and Orlando both on-site and via telemedicine in the post-operative care of chilren after their transplant. The divsion's Pediatric Neurocritical Care service was the first primary service of it's kind in the world. Innovative Pediatric Critical Care Nephrology and Health Informatics for Clinical Effectiveness teams provide cutting edge support for ICU patients. The PICU physician team also serves as the medical command for critically ill patients requiring transport.
An important mission of our department is to train the leaders of tomorrow in the field of critical care medicine. The illustrious faculty at CHP has trained over 140 fellows since its inception, and many of our graduates have established themselves as leaders in the field of CCM.