KRMC’s Pediatric Unit/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit celebrates first birthday
October 1, 2017, marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed Pediatric Unit/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
The Pediatric Unit/PICU is staffed with pediatric critical care physicians, pediatric hospitalists, medical and surgical pediatric specialists, respiratory therapists and 21 specially trained pediatric nurses. The pediatric floor provides multidisciplinary care for patients with common pediatric illnesses such as flu, dehydration and infections; respiratory illness; chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and seizure disorders; and recovery from general surgeries or injuries. The PICU provides multidisciplinary care for patients with single- or multi-organ system failure, complex chronic illness, hematological and oncological illness, recovery from complex general surgeries, and trauma and brain injury.
Over the past year, nearly 750 patients were treated in the Pediatric Unit/PICU. About 50 percent of those patients came to KRMC from outside the Flathead Valley.
“Many of the patients treated in our unit over the past year required intensive care for cancer treatment, neurosurgery, specialty pediatric surgery or gastrointestinal conditions,” said Corrie Casey, manager of the KRMC Pediatric Unit/PICU, “Without this specialized care in Kalispell, these patients would have otherwise been flown out of state.”
KRMC’s Pediatric Unit/PICU is a core element of Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s growing pediatric program, which now includes more than 35 pediatric subspecialty providers and a wide variety of other services for children. The new Montana Children’s Medical Center, slated to open in the spring of 2019, will expand the Pediatric Unit/PICU even further with the addition of more patient beds, specialized equipment and family spaces.