Intensive Care (PICU)
Main Hospital Number: (504) 899-9511
PICU Main Number:

The PICU Transport Team:
(504) 896-9230

1-855-CHNOLA1 (1-855-246-6521)
Hours:24 Hours
Location:Children's Hospital, Main Campus

Physicians:                                                    
Costa Dimitriades, MD, Medical Director
Amy Creel, MD
Bonnie C. Desselle, MD
Gary L. Duhon, MD
Leron J. Finger, MD
Janet Rossi, MD

Nurse Manager:
Lindsey Casey, RN, BSN, CCRN

When children face life-threatening injuries and illnesses, they can count on Childrenís Hospital to meet their critical care needs in a state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Located on the top floor of the hospitalís west tower, the 9,456-square-foot PICU features 18 private patient rooms outfitted with cutting-edge technology that will assist the staff of pediatric intensivists, critical care nurses, critical care respiratory therapists, and a multitude of other staff dedicated to providing the best available critical care for the children of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf South. With a family-centered philosophy, focus on continuous quality improvement, and stunning panoramic views of Greater New Orleans, the PICU Team at Children's Hospital is committed to each child's recovery.  

Each patient room is designed to allow medical staff complete access to the child, allowing many procedures to occur at bedside. Ceiling-mounted surgical lights and boom arms that provide patients oxygen and medical gas have been upgraded from the previously standard wall-mounted design. 

Pediatric critical care patients receive comprehensive care, including management of single and multi-organ system failure, trauma, general and subspecialty post-surgical care, advanced ventilatory support, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).  

Parents and families are encouraged to actively participate in their child's care and are allowed open visitation, including accommodations for one adult to sleep in their child's room. At times when they are not able to be present, they can rest assured that their child will continue to receive the best possible care. 

Since 2005, the PICU has averaged more than 1,000 admissions per year, with an average length of stay of approximately 4.5 days.  

Costa Dimitriades, MD
Pediatric Critical Care, Director of PICU, Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, LSU Health Sciences Center

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans

Specialty Training:
Pediatrics - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Pediatric Critical Care - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Special Interests:
Quality improvement, resuscitation education

In Area Since: 2005
In Practice Since: 2005

Bonnie Desselle, MD
Pediatric Critical Care, Children's Hospital
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Director Residency Training, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans

Specialty Training:
Pediatrics - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans 
Pediatric Critical Care - Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN 

Special Interests:
Medical education

In Area Since: 1995
In Practice Since: 1995

Amy Creel, MD
Pediatric Critical Care, Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Professional School:
University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, MS

Specialty Training:
Pediatrics - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans 
Pediatric Critical Care - University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Special Interests:
Epidemiology and outcomes of invasive MRSA disease

In Area Since: 2008
In Practice Since: 2008
Janet Rossi, MD
Pediatric Critical Care, Children's Hospital

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans

Specialty Training:
Pediatrics - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Pediatric Critical Care - Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago
 
Special Interests:
Tissue barrier dysfunction related to injury

In Area Since: 2009
In Practice Since: 2003

Gary Duhon, MD
Pediatric Critical Care, Children's Hospital

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans

Specialty Training:
Pediatrics - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Pediatric Critical Care - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Special Interests:
 Medical ethics

In Area Since: 2000
In Practice Since: 1998


Leron J. FInger, MD

Professional School:
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans

Specialty Training:
Pediatrics - University Hospitals of Cleveland, Rainbow Children's Hospital
Pediatric Critical Care - University Hospitals of Cleveland, Rainbow Children's Hospital

Special Interests:
Quality Improvement

In Area Since: 2004
In Practice Since: 20004


   

 

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