Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Pediatric Intensive Care Units

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital offers the most comprehensive critical care available for infants, children and adolescents. From our 24-hour pediatric transport services to the dedication and expertise of our entire staff, we are committed to providing the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of complex pediatric problems.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital has a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit headed by Medical Director John Haffner, MD, as well as a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit headed by Medical Director Rene Chapados, MD. In these specialized environments, critically ill children and their families receive around-the-clock care from a highly credentialed pediatric multi-disciplinary team consisting of nurses, pediatric pharmacists, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, intensivists, child life specialists, specialists, chaplains, surgeons, speech, occupational and physical therapists, clinical nurse educators, nutritionists, social workers, audiologists and other health care providers:

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a Level I, 16-bed state-of -the-art unit dedicated to the care of critically ill children and their families.

The PICU provides comprehensive services for infants, children and adolescents with single or multiorgan system failure, complex chronic illness, respiratory failure, neurologic emergency, poisoning and toxic ingestion, severe infection, severe traumatic injury, hemodynamic instability and shock states, metabolic and genetic diseases, cardiac failure and acute rhythm problems, oncologic problems and those recovering from cardiac, orthopaedic, neurologic and general surgeries.

Specialized Ventilation Therapies, Equipment and Procedures Utilized:

  • Helium/Oxygen Mixture delivery
  • Plasmapheresis/Leukapheresis
  • Continuous Arterial-Venous Hemofiltration
  • High-Frequency Oscillator Ventilation
  • Continuous EEG Monitoring
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Nitric Oxide Administration

The extremely dedicated intensivists, nurses and healthcare providers who work in the PICU possess expert knowledge and skill necessary to achieve the best outcome for critically ill and injured children. Assisted by advanced technology, the PICU staff is able to improve survival, hasten recovery, limit disability and relieve the pain and suffering of critically ill and injured children in a Family centered, compassionate and respectful manner.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s experts provide additional support to patients, families and caregivers via telemedicine. Telemedicine allows experts from Tampa and Pittsburgh to collaborate and deliver efficient, team-based solutions in a timely manner.  Rounds occur with the use of a telemedicine cart that includes a camera and a computer that may be brought into the patient care room.  A telemedicine physician may be talking with the team during rounds.  The utilization of audio, video and other electronic links will help bedside caregivers monitor patients and allow us to continue to provide excellent quality care.

Our Staff
John Haffner, MD, Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Rene Chapados, MD, Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Julia Niebauer, MD
Daniel Riggs, MD
Sid Sastry, MD
Richard Weibley, MD

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
2nd floor, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital 
Beds 1 - 9 call (813) 554-8527
Beds 10 - 16 call (813) 554-8521

Gary S. Haas, MD Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) is a 7-bed state-of-the-art unit dedicated to children's surgical and medical cardiovascular care.

Features of the PCICU include:

  • 24 hour postoperative management is provided in this specially equipped unit by Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeons, Pediatric Cardiologists, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, Respiratory Therapists and Technicians specially trained in the care of children with cardiovascular disease.
  • Highly technical therapies, such as cardiac ECMO and VAD, are provided in this unit.
  • Clinical pathways designed to guide patient care at four different levels of acuity are utilized in order to provide optimal care of children with congenital heart disease and decrease the number of days spent in the hospital.
  • Family-Centered Care, from preoperative evaluation to the day of discharge we focus on the effects of congenital heart disease on the family. Cardiovascular services for our patients are coordinated directly out of the PCICU. In order to maintain ongoing communication with families, Nurse Practitioners are available to families 24 hours a day before, during and after hospitalization. While in the hospital, parents are encouraged to room in with their child and participate in patient care early on, working side by side with the child's nurse. Upon discharge from the hospital, parents are encouraged to call with any questions or concerns regarding their child's care.

Locations & Phone Numbers

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
2nd floor, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
(813) 554-8521
Medical Director John Haffner, MD

Gary S. Haas, MD Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
2nd floor, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
(813) 870-4040
Medical Director Rene Chapados, MD

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2nd floor, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital
(813) 872-2929