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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

In 2017, Valley Presbyterian Hospital was designated a Pediatric Medical Center (PMC), recognized by the County of Los Angeles, which allows our team of pediatric specialists to treat and handle a higher level of care needed for our pediatric patients in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Only three hospitals are a designated PMC in the San Fernando Valley, and we are proud that VPH is one of them. Additionally, our Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) designation means we have specialized pediatric teams, including pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists, who are ready at a moment's notice to assemble, triage, and fast-track children to the care they urgently need.

The Valley Presbyterian Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides high quality care and treatment to critically ill children in our community. With 10 beds, our PICU is one of the largest in the San Fernando Valley area.

Upon admission, your child will be in the care of a dedicated pediatric intensivist, part of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists dedicated to your child's diagnosis and treatment. Our staff includes pediatric critical-care nurses who have received additional training and certification in caring for seriously ill or injured children. Other key members of our patient-care team are our child-life specialists, trained professionals who help your child and your family to overcome the challenges of serious medical conditions and treatments.

We employ a family-centered treatment philosophy, which recognizes the vital importance of caregiver involvement in the treatment and ongoing care of a young patient. Your intensivist and other members of the health care team will inform you of your child's treatment and condition. They will also coordinate care with your primary care physician to ensure ongoing care after discharge from the hospital.

When your child's condition improves, he or she may be transferred to our modern, comfortable Pediatric Medical Center (PMC), which is designed to encourage family interaction and comfort through the treatment and recovery process.