Our Approach

Pediatric Critical Care Services at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is comprised of a dedicated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit (PIMC) providing seamless care to critically ill children and their families. Our focus is on providing quality, collaborative, and innovative care to our patients. Our teams are available to provide pediatric transport, respiratory or cardiac ECMO, cardiac services, and surgical services. We are the only PICU in the state of Texas to be recognized with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Silver Level Beacon Award of Excellence, emphasizing our dedication and commitment to providing the highest level of intensive care to the children in our community. In addition, our ECMO program is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization since 2010.

Our critical care intensivists and nurse practitioners bring together a multidisciplinary approach to treat critically ill children. Our physicians are board-certified pediatricians and pediatric intensivists. Working in conjunction with specialists, we are able to provide comprehensive care to all children in the PICU 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hours

Immediate Family Visitation - 24 hours a day

All other visitors - 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Our Location

The Children's Hospital of San Antonio
333 North Santa Rosa Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207

PH: 210-704-2965

Patient and Family Centered Care

Quality time with family

When your child needs special care for a critical health condition, they can be in no better hands than those of the PICU at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Here we recognize the importance of family and we promote opportunities for parents to be involved in all aspects of their child’s care

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Our Services

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric Intermediate Care (PIMC) Unit
  • Pediatric Transport Services
  • ECMO Program
  • Cardiac Services
  • Pediatric Surgical Services

Our Team

Elumalai Appachi

Elumalai Appachi, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Section Chief, Critical Care
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Utpal Bhalala

Utpal Bhalala, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Director, Pediatric Critical Care Research
Associate Medical Director, Voelcker Research Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Timothy Tong, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Maria Camacho, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Matei Petrescu, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Patel Abhishek

Abhishek Patel, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine