Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - ACCN Beacon Awward for Excellence At Arkansas Children’s, we understand that having your child admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit can be scary. Our goal is to help you through this time, answering your questions and involving you in every step of your child’s care.

The PICU is a 26-bed unit located on the third floor of the main hospital and provides care for children suffering from respiratory illnesses and failure, pediatric trauma, septic shock and diabetic ketoacidosis. Some of our advanced services include complex post-operative management, conventional and high-frequency mechanical ventilation and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). Each unit room is equipped to support the highest level of care and offers in-room sleeping arrangements for two parents/guardians, if desired.

Our team approach allows us to look at all aspects of your child's illness and involves a variety of different specialists including doctors, nurses, surgeons, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, child life specialists, chaplains and social workers. We work together with all specialties to provide the most advanced care, including cardiology, ENT, radiology, lab, blood bank, interpretive services, chaplains, nutritional services and hematology.


Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (3rd Floor)

Phone: 501-364-1341
Director: Jenny Janisko, MSN, RN, NE-BC | 501-364-4775

Visiting the PICU

Visiting Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Parents/guardians are invited to stay 24/7. 

The Lawrence H. Schmieding waiting area is located right outside the PICU.

Please note our visitor policies to keep all our patients safe: Limit of two visitors at the bedside at a time.  Sick visitors will not be allowed into the unit. No one under 18 may be left in the patient’s room without an adult. A child life consult should be consulted with all visiting children/siblings.