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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Monroe Carell's state-of-the-art, 42-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is dedicated to the care of critically ill children. Our ICU team includes pediatricians who are board certified in critical care medicine. We work together with nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, case managers, child life specialists, pharmacologists and nutritionists to provide the highest quality care possible for critically ill children around the clock.

Your child's safety and the quality of care we provide your family is of utmost priority. We ensure this with regular reviews of our practices, along with continuous improvement efforts.

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Meet Your Care Team

Barbara-Jo Achuff

Barbara-Jo AchuffMD

    Pediatric Critical Care
Kristina A. Betters

Kristina A. BettersMD

    Pediatric Critical Care
Katharine E. Boyle

Katharine E. BoyleMD

    Allergy / Pulmonary and Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
Jenna L. Essakow

Jenna L. EssakowMD

    Pediatric Critical Care
Jennifer C. King

Jennifer C. KingMD

    Pediatric Critical Care
Micaela C. Arseneau

Micaela C. ArseneauDNP

    Pediatric Critical Care
Kelly A. Craighead

Kelly A. CraigheadCPNP

    Pediatric Critical Care
Kelly Davis

Kelly DavisNP

    Pediatric Critical Care
Angela T. Frazier

Angela T. FrazierAPRN

    Pediatric Critical Care
Abigail M. Grimm

Abigail M. GrimmAPRN

    Pediatric Critical Care
Amy T. Hunt


    Pediatric Critical Care
Elizabeth B. Jett

Elizabeth B. JettMSN

    Pediatric Critical Care
Merrell L. Miller

Merrell L. MillerAPRN

    Pediatric Critical Care
Lauren A. Nichols

Lauren A. NicholsAPRN

    Pediatric Critical Care
Lindsay B. Riley

Lindsay B. RileyPNP

    Pediatric Critical Care
Kim K. Steanson

Kim K. SteansonPNP

    Pediatric Critical Care
Philip Thurst

Philip ThurstAPRN

    Pediatric Critical Care

Why Trust the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt

  • social, Collaborative care, people, conference, Team, staff, partners
    Collaborative care

    We collaborate closely with all of our hospital's pediatric specialty physicians and surgeons to provide the most comprehensive care. The PICU team encourages family participation in the daily planning for your child’s care, allowing all members of the team to contribute in shared decision making regarding all the treatment options available.

  • bookmark, star, Unique expertise, excellence, school-based programs
    Expert care

    Our PICU physicians are recognized as experts in pediatric critical care medicine. They are involved in many clinical research studies and have published articles in scientific journals in the areas of sepsis, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy, medical ethics, medical education, neurocritical care and others. PICU nurses and respiratory therapists are specially trained to care for critically ill children.

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized care

    Our program is a member of Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) data registry for national and international ECMO Centers. Since 2008, Monroe Carell's ECMO Program has been recognized as an ELSO Center of Excellence. We were awarded this honor at the Platinum level in 2023 for our commitment to patient quality and outcomes, training and collaboration.


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