Pediatric Critical Care

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a medical/surgical intensive care unit for children from birth through young adulthood. We see a broad range of patients, from those in traumatic emergency situations to those receiving treatment for genetic diseases.

If you are a provider who needs to transport a patient to the PICU, please contact the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advance Response Team (DHART). An attending physician will be able to discuss with you the availability of a bed, help arrange for transport, and discuss interim stabilization.

We have ten large, well-appointed, private patient rooms. Each room has expansive views of our natural woodlands—a soothing and peaceful setting for parents, children and staff—which provides the best possible healing environment. Quality, family-centered patient care remains at the core of our mission. Parents are not considered visitors; they are part of a child's health care team.

Conditions we treat

  • Airway problems
  • Neurometabolic disease
  • Respiratory disease in young infants
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Trauma


  • Pediatric surgery
  • Support of organ failure in pediatric patients
  • Transport of pediatric patients from referring institutions