In response to the rising demand for pediatric intensive care in the region, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has expanded its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). In April, Children’s opened a second PICU, called PICU South, increasing PICU beds hospital-wide from 19 to 27. Too frequently, Children’s PICU has reached maximum capacity, causing patients to be sent to other pediatric hospitals in Kansas City, Denver or Des Moines.
“We never want to turn any child away, let alone the most critically ill, complex children and teens,” says Richard G. Azizkhan, M.D., Children’s President & CEO. “This is exactly why we’re building the Hubbard Center for Children. Children and families are counting on us to grow and adapt to meet their needs, and PICU South is an important stepping stone toward serving them better.”
PICU South is located in the Methodist Tower across the skywalk from the main hospital. The current PICU, located in the hospital, will be referred to as PICU North.
In Lincoln, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has acquired an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic to provide greater support to its patient families and specialty providers. The office currently practices as Handprints and Footsteps Pediatric Therapy Clinic. Starting July 1, 2018, the Handprints and Footsteps team will join Children’s, allowing for continued access to high quality therapy for area children.
Children’s hopes to build on its existing collaboration with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Lincoln campus to explore how that partnership could enhance the delivery of these services.