If your child becomes acutely ill, undergoes surgery, suffers a head injury or other trauma, or experiences complications of a chronic illness, such as diabetes or asthma, he/she may require treatment in The Valley Hospitals Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Here in this state-of-the-art special care unit, board-certified physicians called pediatric intensivists care for children from newborn to age 21 with serious illnesses or medical conditions that require continuous monitoring and specialized care. We know that having your child spend time in the PICU can be frightening to you, but rest assured that we are dedicated to treating your child with the most advanced medical care as well as supporting you and your entire family during this time.
Our Dedicated Staff
Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is headed by board-certified pediatric intensivist Dennis Coffey, M.D., Director of the unit and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of New York Hospital Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Coffey was instrumental in establishing Valleys PICU in 2006 and is highly skilled in treating pediatric patients of all ages. Both Dr. Coffey and the PICUs Associate Director, Yaron Harel, M.D., have completed years of extra training in pediatric intensive care. They are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Drs. Coffey and Harel are joined by a specialized team of registered nurses with many years of experience in treating children with serious illnesses. All of our pediatric intensivists and PICU nurses are trained in advanced pediatric life support and pediatric CPR.
Our PICU team also includes dedicated board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, and a certified diabetes educator who care exclusively for pediatric patients.
Drs. Coffey and Harel work closely with The Valley Hospital Pediatric Emergency Departments board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and pediatric subspecialists at Valley and at our affiliated Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital in New York City to provide comprehensive care for children who require intensive care or follow-up specialty care for the gamut of pediatric illnesses, including orthopedic problems, respiratory disorders, diabetes, kidney disease, neurologic problems, gastric illnesses, and heart disease.
Valleys pediatric hospitalists board-certified pediatricians who work strictly in the hospital and not in offices in the community are available at all times within the hospital to provide around-the-clock consultations and medical care for children who are hospitalized at Valley. The entire PICU team and Valleys hospitalists collaborate with each childs personal pediatrician to ensure that patients receive continuity of care while they are here as inpatients and when they are discharged to their homes.
Our State-of-the-Art Facilities
Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) comprises private rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including central monitoring and the latest generation ventilators. Even though your child will be in a private room, our nurses monitor all our patients at all times from a central monitoring system at the nurses desk. All of our equipment is child-appropriate and scaled to size for treating newborns to young adults.
The Personal Touch
Because our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is housed within your hospital, we can offer your child the personalized care and attention that may be difficult to obtain in a big metropolitan hospital PICU with dozens of patients. Rest assured, though, that even though we are smaller, our technology and care equals or exceeds the same quality standards that you would find in a large city hospital.
While Your Child is With Us in the PICU
While your child is hospitalized in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), we will treat your child compassionately and with advanced medical care. Depending on his/her age, stage of development, and current medical condition, we will make every effort to make sure your child understands what is happening to him/her in a manner that is child-friendly and non-threatening. We are also here to support each childs entire family in whatever way we can, answering the many questions you might have and educating you so that you are adequately prepared to make decisions regarding your childs medical care.
We ask that you not bring flowers or plants from outside the hospital and that you check with your childs nurse before bringing in food from outside the hospital. Of course, we recognize the special bond a child may have with a lovey or blanket, so you may bring in items that will comfort your child. Parents are welcome to stay with their child at any time of the day or night. Your childs private room can accommodate one parent or guardian on a pull-out sleeper chair. Please check with your childs nurse as to whether visitors other than the parents are allowed. If you are sick or may be contagious to a patient, please consult with PICU staff before entering the hospital.
When Your Child is Ready to Leave the PICU
Children are very resilient, and when they are ready to leave the PICU, many of them can be discharged directly to their homes. However, some children may need to be transitioned to our general inpatient pediatric unit for a short stay or spend time in a specialized rehabilitation hospital outside Valley after discharge. Your childs physicians and nurses will prepare you and your child for discharge and inform you of any follow-up tests, appointments, or monitoring that is necessary. If your child requires at-home services after discharge, Valley Home Care provides comprehensive services, including skilled nursing care, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, IV treatment, tube feedings, respiratory care, post-operative care, and home health aide assistance. Call 201-291-6000 for information about Valley Home Care.
For More Information
For more information about The Valley Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the care we provide, please call 201-447-8343.
The Valley Hospital offers a wide array of women's and children's services, including The Center for Childbirth, The Fertility Center, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The Center for Family Education, Pediatrics, and The Kireker Center for Child Development. Maternal and Child Health services are provided in the home by Valley Home Care.