Pediatric critical care
Infants, children and teens who are seriously ill, injured or recovering from major surgery need continuous, close monitoring and care. Our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides the highest level of critical care 24 hours a day.
Our team of specialty trained doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and therapists care for children during their most vulnerable times — all with the goal of helping them return to their families, schools and playgrounds as quickly and safely as possible.
Why choose Geisinger to care for your critically ill or injured child?
- Unsurpassed quality: Based in Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, our PICU provides care that meets or surpasses the nation’s top children’s hospitals.
- Data from the largest national collaborative of pediatric intensive care units (Virtual Pediatric Systems) has demonstrated our outcomes are among the top 10 percent in the country.
- Children with traumatic injuries cared 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.
- Pediatric critical care physicians are available in the PICU 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Our pediatric critical care nurses have received national accolades for their commitment to safety, quality and providing compassionate care.
- We work collaboratively with all teams involved in your child's care to make sure he or she receives the most comprehensive care possible.
- We consider families an essential part of the care team. We listen to your input and use it to provide holistic care to your child.
- Advanced critical care: Our PICU is equipped with the latest, most advanced technology to continuously monitor your child's vital signs. 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. Our team includes:
- 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
- Ronald McDonald House: When you're child is hospitalized, we understand that you want to stay by their side. You may stay in their room or 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.