The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Care Center (PICU/PCCC), opened at Golisano Children's Hospital in December 2004. As the largest intensive care service for children in western and central New York, the unit serves more than 1,000 children each year.
The PICU/PCCC currently has 22 patient rooms. The PCCC area has its own staff and isolation rooms. It was created to foster the work of the Hospital's pediatric cardiology and heart surgery teams and includes a four-bed area for children who require intensive care associated with heart problems. This specialized cardiac care is vital to the approximately 200 to 250 children who undergo heart surgery each year at Golisano Children's Hospital.
Designed to be Family-Friendly
Our doctors and facility planners visited nearly 40 pediatric intensive care units throughout the country, noting the best features of each one and incorporating their findings into Golisano Children’s Hospital. We also sought input from former patients and their families. Our goal is to find ways to make the unbearable more tolerable for them.
The units are easily accessible by a dedicated elevator between the Emergency Department, the Pediatric Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Unit and the world's only Ronald McDonald House built within a hospital.
Most of the rooms, in excess of 300 square feet, include a phone and data line, a 32-inch television and a private bathroom.
More windows offer more sunlight. Floors and walls splashed with bright shades of purple, green and blue help to make the area less intimidating.
The PICU/PCCC boasts more than 50 computers.
Nurses and doctors record medical information at a computer station outside each patient’s room, rather than at a central location farther away.
Wireless computers can be brought into each room so doctors can easily show parents x-ray and other test results.
A large new family room provides more privacy for parents.
The hospital was able to fund these improvements through huge private donations from such donors as Paychex Inc. founder B. Thomas Golisano; Brighton residents Nancy and Daniel Robbins, whose daughter stayed at the hospital more than 30 years ago; and local Burger King and Friendly Restaurant owners Laurence and Dennis Kessler. Multiple fundraisers were also done to bring in single donations ranging from $10 to thousands of dollars.
Parents are Key Members of the PICU and PCCC Teams
Our goal is to involve you as fully as possible in your child's care. We hope the following information will help: