Pediatric cardiac intensive care unit

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has created a dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) to provide world-class care to the growing number of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease, and to better serve the needs of more patients in its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The unit opened January 9, 2019, and was funded through generous philanthropic support. Our PCICU is one of only three in the state and the only in the western half of Michigan.

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Specialized, Multidisciplinary Care

This six-bed unit allows cardiac patients to receive specialized, multidisciplinary intensive care from the pediatric critical care and Congenital Heart Center teams. This unique model of cardiac intensive care leverages the expertise of each specialty.

Patients who will receive care in the PCICU include:
  • All pre- and postoperative cardiovascular surgical patients requiring intensive care 
  • Cardiac catheterization patients, both pre- and postprocedure, requiring intensive care 
  • Patients with primary cardiac disease (either acquired or congenital) requiring intensive care
  • Patients with other organ system disease and acquired or congenital heart disease requiring intensive care where the cardiac condition is contributing to or worsening the patient’s illness 
  • Some neonates with a diagnosis of congenital heart disease

Congenital Heart Unit & Specialty Services Floor

The PCICU is part of the Congenital Heart Unit and Specialty Services on Floor 7 of the children’s hospital, so many patients can begin, continue and complete their inpatient care within one location and with one unified team of clinicians.