Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) is an 18-bed unit in Children's Hospital where we care only for critically ill children with heart disease. Our PCICU team includes  cardiac critical care physicians with special training in caring for children, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and case managers. We also have child life specialists who know how to meet the special needs of children with heart disease. 

Our team of pediatric cardiac intensive care physicians provide around-the-clock, 24/7 care for your child. We work closely with the Pediatric Heart Institute’s surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists and experts from other medical and surgical areas to give your child the best care possible. We invite your family to participate in daily discussions regarding you child’s care plan. This means that all our team members, including you, have a say in decisions about treatment.

Community doctors and primary providers can arrange emergency transport of a patient by calling our Transport Team at (855) 322-9111.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Pediatric Heart Institute specialists, call our Division of Cardiology at (615) 322-7447 or our Department of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at (615) 936-5500.

Meet Your Care Team

Fred S. Lamb

Fred S. LambMD, PhD

    Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care
Isaura Diaz

Isaura DiazMD

    Pediatric Critical Care
Patrick O. Maynord

Patrick O. MaynordMD

    Pediatric Critical Care
Neal R. Patel

Neal R. PatelMD, MPH

    Pediatric Critical Care
Andrew H. Smith

Andrew H. SmithMD, MSCI, MMHC

    Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care
Ann B. Sweeney

Ann B. SweeneyMD

    Pediatric Critical Care

Why You Can Trust the PCICU at Children's Hospital

  • Safety as priority

    Along with a team approach to your child’s care, patient safety and quality is the highest priority in our PCICU. We ensure safety with regular reviews of how we provide care in our unit, and we're always looking for ways to improve.

  • Expert care

    Our PCICU staff are recognized experts in pediatric cardiac critical care. We are involved in many clinical research studies and have published original articles in scientific journals related to the care of critically ill children with heart disease. We actively participate and share experiences in multi-hospital groups, including the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) and the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC).