Official opening of new Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital
McMaster Children’s Hospital marked another milestone today with the official opening of the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
The new, state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a generous $10 million donation by Michael G. DeGroote and financially supported by the government of Ontario. It has been named the Michael. G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
The unit will focus on privacy and family-centred care, in addition to continuing its exemplary standard of compassionate health care by a team of specialists.
Nearly 600 children require the critical care of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit annually and the numbers have been growing. McMaster Children’s Hospital is the sole provider of intensive care for the sickest and most injured children in this region. It serves a population of about 600,000 children in an area spanning Kitchener to Niagara, Brantford to Burlington.
The eight intensive care beds in the current Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will be transferred to this new space in the next few weeks. There are 12 beds located in the new unit, allowing for future expansion. Each room is spacious and private, providing room for family at bedside in what is most often a difficult time. The family-centred care extends to other spaces in the unit: two family lounges, one overnight family room and one private family room adjoining an intensive care room.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is part of the continuing growth of McMaster Children’s Hospital. Last year the first half of the children’s emergency department opened, with a completion expected for early in the new year.
McMaster Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
• Regional centre for Pediatric Intensive Care for a children ages 0 -17, serving a population of about 600,000 children living in LHINs 3 and 4 – roughly Niagara to Kitchener, Brantford to Burlington.
• In 2011/12 the unit admitted 589 children into intensive care beds
• Length of stay in the unit ranges from less than 24 hours to more than 100 days, with average length of stay in 2011/12 at 4.3 days
• Provides intensive care for complex, rapidly changing medical, surgical and traumatic disorders. Wide range of issues treated, such as: severe traumatic injury; life-threatening diseases; critical care post-operative neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery.
• Intensive care involves: ventilators, round-the-clock continuous life-support monitoring
• Staffed by a specialty team of pediatric intensivists, specialized children’s critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, physiotherapists, dietitian, pharmacist, pharmacy tech and occupational therapists.
• McMaster Children’s Hospital is a teaching and research hospital. Extensive education is planned for the intensive care medical team prior to bringing patients into the unit in early July.