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Pediatric critical care

We care for infants, children and adolescents who are seriously ill, injured or recovering from major surgery who require continuous, vigilant care. Our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides the highest level of critical care 24 hours a day.

Our team of board certified pediatric critical care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and therapists care for children during their most vulnerable times – when they are critically ill or injured. They help children return to their families, schools and playgrounds as quickly and safely as possible.

Why choose Geisinger to care for critically ill or injured children?

  • Unsurpassed quality: Based at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and operating since 1981, our PICU provides care that meets or surpasses the nation’s top children’s hospitals.
    • It is equipped with the latest technology and managed by board-certified critical care providers. These providers have passed optional national exams demonstrating their extensive medical knowledge.
    • Data from the largest national collaborative of pediatric intensive care units (Virtual PICU Systems) has demonstrated our outcomes are among the top 10 percent in the country.
    • Children with traumatic injuries care for at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital have outcomes that are comparable to top children’s hospitals according to the National Trauma Quality Improvement Program.

  • Advanced critical care: Our PICU has advanced technology to continuously monitor your child's vital signs. Having this specialized equipment allows our critical care team to closely monitor the function of all organ systems, including the brain, heart and lungs, and provide immediate intervention, when necessary, to provide the best care.

  • Specialized team: Our team of critical care specialists work closely together to care for your child: 
    • Pediatric intensivists
    • Pediatric physician assistants and nurse practitioners
    • Pediatric resident doctors
    • Pediatric surgeons and other specialized doctors, including anesthesiologists
    • Pediatric dietitians
    • Pediatric pharmacists
    • Pediatric respiratory therapists
    • Social workers
    • Child life specialists
    • Physical therapists
    • Psychologists

  • Ronald McDonald House: Remain close by while your child is hospitalized. You may remain in their room or chose to stay on the Geisinger Medical Center campus at the Ronald McDonald House. The Danville Ronald McDonald House offers families a relaxed, cozy environment where you’ll be comforted and supported by staff and volunteers, as well as other families with similar struggles. In addition, our families can seek respite and recharge steps away from our PICU in the Ronald McDonald Family Room. Learn more about the Danville Ronald McDonald House.

Critical care conditions

Our intensive care team provides compassionate care to children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

  • Asthma
  • Cancer related therapies
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney transplant
  • Overwhelming infections
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Poisoning
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Seizures
  • Sepsis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Traumatic injury

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