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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.
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.