Critical Care

Intensive Care

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides inpatient care for critically ill or injured infants, children, and teenagers who need advanced treatments, special monitoring, and around-the-clock observation by specially trained intensive care doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical team.

Ours is the only comprehensive health care center in Iowa that offers the full range of pediatric critical care therapies. We also are home to an accredited pediatric critical care medicine fellowship program that provides training opportunities in the latest treatments and research for the next generation of pediatric critical care specialists.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is a designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center—we have the people, the expertise, the experience, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to provide the highest level of care for a wide range of complex, and sometimes rapidly changing, medical problems. This includes after-surgery care for all pediatric surgical procedures, including congenital heart surgery. In addition, we offer specific treatments such as hemofiltration (kidney replacement therapy), ventilation (breathing assistance), ECMO (heart-lung bypass system), and ventricular assist devices (heart pumps).

Comprehensive, continuous care—that’s what parents expect when their child is hospitalized in a PICU. That’s the care we provide to our patients and their families.

Health Professionals

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Lindsay and Dustin Barber

    Hunter Barber, photo At 25 weeks pregnant, Hunter was considered to be intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) and I had absent blood flow. On August 9, blood flow had reversed and he was born by cesarean section two hours later. Read more
  • Parent blog: Miranda Goodpaster and Bret Hilpipre

    This is a photo of Holden Hilpipre "After learning that our unborn child would need to undergo three open-heart surgeries, we were devastated." Read more
  • Parent blog: Jessie and Ryan Venden

    Jayce Venden, portrait Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) led to respiratory failure, sepsis, pneumonia, and feeding issues for Jayce Venden. After almost a month at our hospital, Jayce was stable enough to head home. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Holly Sitzmann

    Emmett Sitzmann, photo "It's terrifying to us because many times he does not display serious symptoms of any kind and by the time he does, it's already to the point of him needing to be taken to the emergency room or hospital for breathing support." Read more
  • Parent Blog: Rebecca Johnson

    Lexy Johnson, photo "She didn't know her name, she gave her birthdate scrambled, and she couldn't do simple things like pulling or pushing. After the CT results came back, we were told that Lexy had a tumor on the right side of her brain, and a build-up of fluid and pressure that required immediate attention. Lexy was then airlifted to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital." —Rebecca Johnson Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Level 3
    • 1-319-356-1615
    • 1-800-322-8442 (Emergency Consultation)