The ECLS Team works with a number of departments within Arkansas Children's Hospital, including:

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

When an infant faces a potentially life-threatening medical or surgical condition, physicians across Arkansas and in surrounding states know these babies will get the best care and have the greatest chance of survival at Arkansas Children's Hospital. For more than 25 years, medical professionals in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have worked to improve the survival rate of newborns, which currently is around 96 percent.

Here are some of the facts that set us apart from other NICUs:

  • Nursery has in-house physician coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • One of the largest and most experienced NICUs in the country ­ by far, the largest in the region
  • Typically staffed for 65 bassinets, but can accommodate more than 80 babies if necessary
  • Opened in March, 1980 with a 75 percent infant survival rate; today that survival rate is 96 percent
  • National and international research projects taking place within our NICU
  • Click here to view quality of care data for the ACH NICU

Each year our highly trained staff treats more than 800 of the sickest babies from across Arkansas and the region, whether they are born severely premature, weighing only ounces ­ or suffer from hearts or lungs that simply aren't functioning properly. Without immediate, expert medical attention, these little ones would not survive.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Dedicated on March 20, 2003, the Donald W. Reynolds Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital brings state-of-the-art facilities which allow for a more family-centered approach in pediatric care. Every element has been specially designed for the care and comfort of patients and their families. For children, it is especially important to involve families in their care; not only does it help ease parents’ anxiety to be nearby, but recent studies have shown that their presence can actually reduce recovery time in children.

The generous support of the Reynolds Foundation has enabled us to create a PICU that’s not simply better, but is undoubtedly the best facility for critically ill children. The new unit has almost doubled our former unit in size to 22,300 square feet, an area that includes:

  • 16 private patient care rooms
  • 4 private isolation rooms
  • 2 private multi-purpose rooms
  • 4-bed semi-private observation area
  • Controlled access that enhances security, privacy and infection control
  • Ample office and support space for the healthcare team

Our team of physicians, nurses, care givers, administrators and architects researched leading critical care centers in the country, visiting top hospitals and studying the latest ICU designs. They selected the best features, tailored them to the specific needs of ACH and created a world-class facility for the children of Arkansas. Every design element including lighting, color scheme and décor was selected to create a soothing, reassuring atmosphere. The result is a comfortable, family-focused, state-of-the-art facility that offers the best care... through the seasons.

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

This 25-bed Heart Center is an area dedicated to the care of patients with cardiac disease. The Center includes 12 ICU beds, 10 medical/telemetry beds and 3 ECMO beds. The nursing and respiratory staff are specially trained to deal with cardiac patients. This area provides facilities for a variety of diagnoses including postoperative cardiac surgical patients, specialized arrhythmia monitoring, medical treatment of congestive heart failure and newborns with complex congenital heart disease.