About the PICU

Arkansas Children's Hospital first established a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the 1970's. In 1981, a brand new 11-bed unit was opened. The PICU was expanded in 1988 to 19 beds to meet the needs of the children of Arkansas.

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

Arkansas Children's Hospital PICU is the only level-one pediatric intensive care unit in the state of Arkansas. The unit has between 1300 and 1500 admissions per year and cares for patients from Arkansas and surrounding states. The PICU physicians directly supervise all air and ground transports by the PICU transport team. The PICU staff also receives ECMO referrals and consultations from more than 24 states nationwide.

The PICU cares for patients of varying ages from infants to young adults. There are a variety of critical illness and injury patients who are admitted to our unit.

Our PICU has eleven pediatric specialists who have all received extensive training in caring for critically ill children.