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About Pediatric Intensive Care

Little else in life can traumatize a family as much as a critically ill or injured child. It’s a time of uncertainty, anxiety and worry. We understand the special needs of children and their families when life-threatening medical complications arise.

Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides the most advanced medical care available to children with life-threatening medical and surgical conditions. Families from throughout the region rely on our pediatric specialists and specially trained staff to treat critically ill children who require surgery, are recovering from traumatic injuries, or who suffer from both acute and chronic medical conditions.

A Focus on the Family

Because having a child facing serious medical conditions is such a family matter, we also focus on families’ needs by fostering constant communication, emotional support and family involvement during their child’s stay.

Our Child Life Program is staffed by specialists trained in child development and family dynamics. These specialists strive to reduce anxiety and promote understanding by teaching both our young patients and their families about their particular medical situation and provide age-appropriate activities to help children throughout difficult procedures and during the recovery phase.

Superior Care for Kids

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the area leader in pediatric critical care services. We are dedicated to delivering superior care to children with life-saving, 24-hour-a-day medical attention from our team of pediatric specialists. Admission sometimes starts in our pediatric emergency department, the largest facility of its kind in Southwest Florida. This unique resource is specially designed from a child’s point of view and is intended to reduce the stress associated with emergency department visits.

Whether a child faces the daunting prospect of serious illness, is severely injured in an accident, or needs expert care to recover from a complex surgical procedure, our experienced and compassionate team of specialists is there to help them and their families with the care they need. Among the child health team are pediatric physicians as well as nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, social workers, child life workers, and dietitians who specialize in pediatric medicine.

For More Information:

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
239-343-KIDS (5437)


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
239-343-KIDS (5437)


Pediatric-Neonatal Critical Care Transport (Toll Free)
877-673-3939