Community Regional Medical Center is closing down its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
The downtown Fresno hospital said the unit often had low patient volumes. Closing it down will allow the hospital to better serve the community.
The big picture: The PICU has 10 beds for children who face life-threatening illnesses or trauma.
- With low patient volume, those beds will now be used in other ICU capacities.
- CRMC will continue to treat pediatric ICU-level patients in its ICUs as it has always done, despite the change.
- CRMC will treat neonatal and pediatric patients in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, ICU, Pediatric Inpatient Care Unit, Pediatric Burn Unit and Outpatient Pediatric Specialty Care Clinics.
What they’re saying: “With the continued high volume of patients seeking care in the region, it makes good sense to transition these underutilized beds to treat adult ICU patients without sacrificing specialty services or bed capacity,” said Daniel Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Operations Officer at CRMC. “The same high-quality intensive care will continue for our pediatric patients at Community Regional, as it always has.”