Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
January 15, 2013—Community Hospital North officials today announced the opening of the medical campus’ Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the only location on the Indianapolis northeast side offering critical care for children.
An extension of Community North’s 20-room children’s unit, the PICU is a state-of-the-art critical care unit that provides advanced, life-saving treatments and technologies that help provide care for infants, children and adolescents who become severely ill or injured.
The PICU team is led by Vin Gupta, M.D. (right), who is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine through the American Board of Pediatrics. According to Gupta, the new unit will allow physicians to treat children with acute illnesses, serious infections, drug overdoses, severe seizures, diabetic complications, or those involved in an accident or a near-drowning incident. “Utilizing equipment designed to meet the size-specific needs of the pediatric patient, our physicians are dedicated to the care of our hospitalized children,” Gupta said.
Barbara Summers, Community North’s president, said the growing amount of pediatric services the hospital offers represents its mission to serve the northern Indianapolis region. “It is important that we provide opportunities for patients and families to stay in the community,” Summers said. “Families facing the stress of having a critically ill child will no longer have the added burden of long, expensive commutes. This is one more way we can help keep our sickest children close to home while receiving the best care available in our region.”