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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Campaign for new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit underway

 PICU in the News

 Quick Campaign Stats

  • Estimated cost for new Pediatric ICU: $31 million
  • Private fundraising goal: $10 million
  • New facility space: increase from 12,500 to 25,000 square feet
  • Bed spaces: increase from 16 to 24
  • Projected construction start date: September 2009
  • Projected occupancy date: June 2011 

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Anthony F. Philipps, Medical Director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, talks about the need for the new PICU and takes viewers on a tour of the current PICU facilities as well as computer-generated tour of the floorplan for the new PICU.

Projected $31 million PICU facility will provide state-of-the-art health care for children

UC Davis Children’s Hospital treats children with severe, life-threatening illnesses, including children with cancer, children who have suffered severe traumatic injuries, and children who require surgery to correct congenital anomalies such as congenital heart defects. Many of these children receive care in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Physician with patientIn part because of the phenomenal growth of the Sacramento region, UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s PICU is woefully inadequate to serve all the children needing pediatric intensive care. The hospital has launched a more than $30 million campaign to construct a new PICU in shell space on the 10th floor of the Davis Tower, to ensure that children in Sacramento and beyond receive the state-of-the-art health care that they deserve.

Today the PICU sits in two, separate spaces in the hospital. One of these spaces was built nearly 45 years ago. The second was built 26 years ago. Outdated, outmoded and separated by more than one-half block, the current PICU spaces are noisy, small, do not facilitate easy communication between the doctors and nurses working together, and do not provide the best environment for the health of our children. As well, there simply isn’t enough space for all of the children who need to be admitted to PICU beds.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has proposed increasing the floor space of the PICU by 100 percent — from 12,500 square feet to 25,000 square feet — and increasing the number of beds by nearly 50 percent from 16 to 24 beds.

The difference between the increased floor space and the increase in bed number is due to the proposed increase in the size of the actual rooms where patients would be treated. Currently, the size of each individual room is quite small — 175 square feet. In the new PICU that room size would grow to 280, to allow patients more privacy and more family-centered care, where family members would be able to sleep in their children’s rooms in sleeping chairs designed for hospitals.

Private fundraising already is underway, with a goal of raising almost one third of the cost, at nearly $10 million, to support the PICU project. The total project cost is estimated at approximately $31 million, which would be funded largely by state bonds. The hospital hopes to begin construction of the new PICU in September of 2009, with a projected occupancy date of June 2011.