Critical Care Medicine

As a Level I Trauma Center, UF Health Shands Hospital has earned a reputation for providing care in the most extreme situations. Our all-encompassing patient care model ensures that we provide patients and their families with education, care and support at every step of the process.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or PICU, in Florida was established in 1967 at what is now UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The current 24-bed, medical-surgical PICU was renovated in 2014 and features a Ronald McDonald family lounge, as well as a shared family waiting area with the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. The pediatric intensivists at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital treat patients from birth to 21 years old. Its primary coverage area includes North Central Florida and South Georgia.

The PICU supports a Level I pediatric trauma center and all pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. It has an active extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, program and provides advanced medical technologies, including continuous renal replacement therapies, high frequency ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide. 

Medical subspecialties include:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology 

Surgical subspecialties include: 

  • Congenital/pediatric cardiac surgery
  • General pediatric surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Transplant services: heart, lung, liver and kidney
  • Trauma services 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital NICU physicians provide quaternary care to neonates throughout North Central Florida, Florida’s panhandle and surrounding areas of Georgia. The unit serves as a destination for specialized medical and surgical services, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and complex congenital heart diseases, and it’s nationally renowned for its physician expertise in treating congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

Established in the 1970s, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital’s current Level IV NICU was built in 1984, and it was renovated and expanded in 2016 and 2017 to its current 72-bed capacity. The NICU is a member of the State of Florida Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Centers.

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Ranked No. 11 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs in the country, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center has the most complex case mix of all Florida congenital heart programs. This is demonstrated through our capacity to care for some of the sickest children in Florida, South Georgia, the greater Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Our team of cardiovascular surgeons, who are recognized for their expertise, perform almost 300 congenital heart operations each year at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital on patients ranging in age anywhere from birth through adulthood.

Having opened in January 2014, the state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac intensive care unit is 18,000 square feet and has 23 beds. The unit, with family-centered patient rooms, features ceiling-mounted, patient-lifting systems, exam lights and advanced technologies.