Few things are as frightening as when your child needs intense medical care. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital's has Lake Charles only pediatric intensive care unit for infants and children through age 18 along with the only pediatric intensive care specialist.
Pediatric Intensive Care
As the only Pediatric ICU in the five parish region of Southwest Louisiana, we provide a broad spectrum of care including the treatment of chronic illnesses as well as trauma patients. Memorial's Pediatric ICU promotes family-centered care in a nurturing atmosphere and has the only pediatric intensive care hospitalist in the PICU everyday working directly with your child's general pediatrician.
Pediatric Critical Care Specialists are medical doctors who have earned a medical degree and have:
- Three years of pediatric specialty residency
- Three or more years of fellowship training in
pediatric critical care
Pediatric critical care specialists treat children from birth through the teen years. They choose to make caring for children who are very sick the core of their medical practice. Their advanced training and experience prepare them to give children in the PICU the unique medical care they need.
Neonatal Intensive Care
Memorial Hospital for Women has a state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) specially equipped to handle newborns with the most critical medical needs. Memorial’s NICU is staffed by a team of dedicated registered nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners who provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as neonatologists and pediatric intensivists. Our NICU is located within the Family Birth Center at Memorial Hospital for Women.
Neonatal Intensive Care Specialists are medical doctors who have:
- At least 4 years of medical school
- Three years of residency training in general
- Three years of additional training in newborn
- Certification from the American Board of
Pediatrics and by the Sub-board of Neonatal-
If your newborn is premature, or has a serious illness, injury, or birth defect, a neonatologist may assist at the time of delivery and in the subsequent care of your newborn. If a problem is identified before your baby is born, a neonatologist may become involved to consult with your obstetrician in your baby’s care during your pregnancy.
For more information on Pediatric Intensive Care, call (337) 494-2034.