Intensive Care

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) 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

Health Information

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Serena Reemtsma

    Kali Garman

    A traumatic dirt bike injury resulted in a below-the-knee amputation.Read more

  • Liam Young

    Liam Young portrait

    For Liam, what first appeared to be flu-like symptoms was actually a life-threatening infection known as septicemia, or sepsis. Doctors at a local emergency room sent Liam by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, where his parents learned his liver and kidneys were failing.Read more

  • Parent Blog: Erica Schmidt

    Kale Schmidt Portrait

    Kale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. Erica Schmidt shares her son's story in her own words.Read more

  • Emma Miller

    Emma Miller portrait

    A reaction to fever reducing medicine revealed a syndrome that Emma was able to bounce back from.Read more

  • Indya Sorrell

    Indya Sorrell thumbnail

    A go-kart accident sent Indya to the hospital, but after some surgeries she was able to go home and get back to what she enjoys. Read more about Indya’s story.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

    Pappajohn Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator I, Level 7
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-356-1615
    • Emergency Consultation: 800-322-8442

Care Team

Other Team Members

Nurse Practitioners

  • Jodi Becker, ARNP
  • Kristen Brown, ARNP
  • Barb Freyenberger, ARNP
  • Tricia Michna, ARNP
  • April Schmitz, ARNP
  • Haley Stoll, ARNP

Current Fellows

  • Irene Aryee, MD
  • Pradeep Bangalore Prakash, MD
  • Morgan Grundstad, MD
  • Weerapong Lilitwat, MD
  • Katharine Robb, MD