Community Hospital North opens new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Doctors, nurses and children cut the ribbon opening Community Hospital North’s new Pediatric Intensive CareUnit last Tuesday.(Photo submitted)

Doctors, nurses and children cut the ribbon opening Community Hospital North’s new Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit last Tuesday.(Photo submitted)

Community Hospital North officially opened its new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit last Tuesday. The expansion increases access to critical care services for Central Indiana children.An extension of Community North’s 20-room children’s unit, the PICU is a state-of-the-art critical care unit that provides advanced, life-saving treatments and technologies that help provide care for infants, children and adolescents who become severely ill or injured. It is the only location on the Indianapolis northeast side offering critical care for children.

The PICU team is led by Vin Gupta, M.D., who is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine through the American Board of Pediatrics. According to Gupta, the new unit will allow physicians to treat children with acute illnesses, serious infections, drug overdoses, severe seizures, diabetic complications, or those involved in an accident or a near-drowning incident.

“Utilizing equipment designed to meet the size-specific needs of the pediatric patient, our physicians are dedicated to the care of our hospitalized children,” he said.

Community North’s President Barbara Summers said the growing amount of pediatric services the hospital offered represented its mission to serve the northern Indianapolis region.

“It is important that we provide opportunities for patients and families to stay in the community,” Summers said. “Families facing the stress of having a critically ill child will no longer have the added burden of long, expensive commutes. This is one more way we can help keep our sickest children close to home while receiving the best care available in our region.”