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Children's Critical Care

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Children's of Mississippi, part of the state's only academic medical center, includes the only hospital devoted exclusively to children in Mississippi. It is the referral center for infants, children and adolescents requiring highly complicated and life-saving procedures.

The hospital's 32-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), located within Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower, is the only facility of its kind in the state. Nearly 1,600 critically ill patients – too sick to be treated on general inpatient floors – are admitted each year for specialized medical and nursing services.

There are a number of conditions that may require intensive care. Some of these are:

  • Severe infection
  • Respiratory failure and severe asthma
  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Extensive surgery, including open heart surgery
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Seizures and severe neurological disorders

Family-centered care for critically ill children 

To support family centered care, the PICU’s 32 private rooms are all equipped with private bathrooms and sofas so parents can stay with their children all day and overnight. The PICU’s Family Room, reserved just for family members of patients, provides amenities that make it easier for families during an extended stay in the PICU. The room offers: 

  • Washer/dryer 
  • Kitchenette with microwave/refrigerator 
  • Dining area 
  • Small activity space 

PICU team

A large group of people with specialized skills works closely together to care for children in the PICU. The team is led by specialists who are board certified in pediatric critical care. Contributing to the care group are physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers and others committed to the health and well-being of young patients. Surgical patients are closely followed by a surgical team as well. There is a physician available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about your child’s care.

Cardiac ICU

Young patients with cardiac problems are closely monitored in a particular area of the PICU. This allows the specialized care team to focus on these patients' special needs following congenital heart surgery.

Family-centered care focuses on critically ill children.

Inside the Sanderson Tower, the PICU’s private rooms are complemented by a Family Room equipped with amenities that make it easier for families during an extended stay.

Critical Care Locations

Planning Your Visit

We hope to make your visit to Children's of Mississippi as convenient as possible by providing resources that you may find useful when planning your visit. Click below to learn more about wayfinding, eCheck-in, and COVID-19 safety precautions.

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Mississippi's first pediatric imaging suite is both kid-friendly and convenient.

Inside the pediatric imaging suite in Sanderson Tower, every detail is designed to combine advanced care with the comfort and compassion kids need for a positive experience during imaging services.

Where to Find Us

Family-friendly amenities to make your visit more comfortable.

Visitors to Sanderson Tower will find convenient spaces to eat, pick up last-minute items, rest, and reflect. Garage C, connected to Sanderson Tower by a covered walkway, offers the closest parking. It is easily accessed from Woodrow Wilson.

  1. Market Coffee

    Market Coffee (Sanderson Tower, Level G) is open daily with Starbucks® beverages, grab-and-go foods, and hot sandwiches.
  2. Gift Shop

    Children’s of Mississippi Gift Shop (Sanderson Tower, Level G) offers merchandise specially selected for pediatric patients and their parents, including stuffed animals, toys, snacks, and drinks.
  3. Interfaith Chapel

    The interfaith chapel (Sanderson Tower, Level G) is open 24 hours a day for quiet, meditation, and prayer.
  4. PICU/NICU Family Lounges

    The PICU (Level 3) and NICU floors (Levels 4 & 5) of Sanderson Tower feature lounges with refrigerators and washer dryers, where families of patients admitted to the PICU or NICU can eat, relax, and do laundry.

A state-of-the-art setting equips our team for complex surgical procedures.

The large surgical suites in Sanderson Tower fully support the complex surgeries, such as open-heart procedures and transplants, that our world-class surgical teams offer Mississippi’s kids. 

Where to Find Us

Meet Our Specialists

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At Children’s of Mississippi, our pediatric experts work together to complete a full circle of care for your child.

Children's Critical Care