Brooke Army Medical Center reopened its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit March 1 after a two-year hiatus.
The PICU mission was temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to conserve resources and personnel.
“Our first step is the opening of two pediatric intensive care beds on our pediatric ward staffed by pediatric critical care nurses,” said Army Col. (Dr.) Matthew Borgman, pediatric intensivist. “As we get more trained nurses,” the aim is to expand into a stand-alone PICU in the future, he added.
“Having a higher level of care available to our younger beneficiaries allows us to expand the type of capabilities, surgeries, and procedures to children and adolescents of all ages,” said Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Renee Matos, pediatric critical care physician.