Phoenix Children’s 24-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) offers the highest level of critical care to children with cardiac conditions. The dedicated team provides multidisciplinary expertise to heart patients from admission through discharge.
Located on the fifth floor of the Main Building at Phoenix Children's Hospital, in conjunction with the Phoenix Children's Heart Center and the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), is one of the premier units in the Southwest that is dedicated to the care of children with congenital heart disease.
Comprised of pediatric cardiac critical care physicians with specialized training and expertise with congenital heart disease, these medical professionals are primarily responsible for supervising the clinical care of critically ill patients admitted for surgery, cardiac catheterization or medical illness. A member of Phoenix Children's pediatric cardiac intensive care team is available 24/7 to provide critical care services for children who have congenital heart disease as well as any other cardiac or thoracic illness.
Intensivists and Nurse Practitioners
- Sharad P. Menon , MD, Division Chief
- Brigham C. Willis , MD
- Paul R. Bakerman , MD
- Lisa M. Grimaldi , MD
- John E. Lane , MD
- Jennifer L. Matchey , MD
- Rohit P. Rao , MD, MBA
- Amanda Richardson , ACPNP
- Carina Perez , ACPNP
- Elissa Ver Hey , ACPNP
- Belinda Large , CPNP
- Reena Patel, PNP
Alex Woodruff - CVICU Manager
Michelle Osborn - Educator
CVICU care and features
Most patients are admitted and discharged from this state-of-the-art unit without ever being transferred to another unit or location within the hospital. All patients are cared for by the same medical and nursing team during their admission.
Dedicated pediatric cardiac nurses, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiac intensivists, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, child life specialists and social workers all participate in the daily care of each patient.
The unit features:
- Twenty-four private rooms designed with patients and families in mind
- Advanced support capabilities including extracorporeal support devices
- Centralized telemetry and imaging stations
- Family waiting room and lounge
Kris Guitierrez, Administrative Assistant, CVICU
Phone: (602) 888-0788
Fax: (602) 933-2321