CRMC closing its Pediatric ICU

Hospital says patients will be moved to other onsite ICUs due to PICU’s low patient numbers

Community Regional Medical Center medical plaza from Kashian Lane. (Kenny Goodman)
Darren Fraser
Published December 19, 2023  • 
11:00 am

FRESNO – Due to the low number of patients, on Dec. 18, Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) says it will close its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

In a Dec. 15 email, CRMC Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical and Operations Officer Daniel Davis, R.N., said that current PICU patients will be treated in the hospital’s other intensive care units (ICU).

“Community Regional Medical Center’s 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will close due to low pediatric patient volumes in that unit,” Davis said. “However, Community Regional will continue to treat pediatric ICU-level patients in our ICUs that serve the region’s Level I trauma and burn services as we’ve always done.”

According to CRMC, its PICU is part of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program. Per the CRMC website, “CCS provides resources for children under 21 years to have access to necessary diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, nutrition management and physical and occupational therapy services.

Davis said that neonatal and pediatric patients will be cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the ICU, the pediatric inpatient care unit, the pediatric burn unit or at one of the center’s outpatient pediatric specialty care clinics.

Davis added, “With the continued high volume of patients seeking care in the region, it makes good sense to transition these underutilized beds to treat adult ICU patients without sacrificing specialty services or bed capacity. The same high quality intensive care will continue for our pediatric patients at Community Regional, as it always has.”

CVH

Children’s Valley Hospital continues to provide intensive care in its 42-bed PICU.

In an email to the Times, Zara Arboleda, CVH Director, Communications and Public Relations Officer, said, ‘’Valley Children’s is aware of Community Regional Medical Center’s decision to close its pediatric intensive care unit. We are prepared to ensure uninterrupted access and care for the most critical pediatric patients in our region.”

Darren Fraser
Reporter