The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital provides critical care and advanced treatment technologies to help your child heal and to prevent complications. Recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a Pediatric Critical Care Center, the PICU at Central DuPage Hospital addresses a diverse range of serious medical and surgical pediatric concerns. Children and teens recovering from major surgery also receive their postoperative care in the PICU.

The Central DuPage Hospital PICU has been designed as a nurturing environment for you and your child to heal, complete with state-of-the-art technologies and advanced therapies. The six-bed, family-centered unit has private patient rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents. For your child's safety, the PICU is locked and secured at all times.

Pediatric intensive care professionals understand how crucial a child’s parents are to the healthcare team. Parents are welcome to visit and stay with their children in the PICU anytime, day or night. The pediatric critical care team works closely with you to identify concerns and explain all treatment plans thoroughly, and the staff maintains continual communication with your child’s other medical care providers during the entire length of treatment.

Multidisciplinary team approach

Your child’s complex care is delivered by an experienced intensive care team2 led by board-certified pediatric intensivists. An intensivist is a physician with unique training in pediatric critical care. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) team members include:

  • Lurie Children's PICU specialists, board-certified in critical care and pediatrics
  • Lurie Children's specialists including pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, and others as needed
  • Lurie Children's pediatric hospitalists, on-site 24 hours every day
  • Registered nurses with Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification
  • Pediatric radiologists who oversee and interpret all pediatric imaging
  • Pediatric pharmacists
  • Child life specialists
  • Pediatric nutritionists
  • Pediatric social workers
  • Patient care technicians

Conditions

When it comes to diagnosing and treating your infant, child or adolescent’s medical condition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital1 offers the kind of care every parent hopes for in a location that’s close to home, including:

  • A comprehensive range of nationally recognized specialty care
  • Convenient access to more than 150 pediatric specialists at Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital and the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center3
  • The latest advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies

In addition, the CDH Pediatric Emergency Department is IDPH Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and is designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center.

Related Resources

Pediatric Specialist Directory for Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital: Find a Pediatric specialist.

Legal Information
1

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

2

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

3

The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.