Inpatient Units

At Children’s Hospital of Illinois, every patient room is a private room, with sleeping accommodations for parents. 
A separate in-house school, child life rooms for teens and younger children, a child-friendly menu and GetWell Network™ are part of the patient experience.  Most importantly, our caregivers are dedicated to bringing world-class care to children.

General Pediatrics

Our General Pediatrics floor is a 36-bed unit.  It is managed by Pediatric Hospitalists, pediatricians trained to care for children who need to spend the night in the hospital. Patients on this floor may be treated for severe dehydration to viral infections or may need to recover from a surgical procedure. Our Pediatric Hospitalists  help to coordinate the care for our young patients.

The General Pediatrics floor is equipped with a Child Life  playroom for supervised playtime, options for gaming systems such as Wii and the GetWell Network on a flat screen panel for every room. We offer a separate activity room for teens, complete with computers, karaoke and other video games.

Pediatric Critical Care Unit

The Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) is a 32-bed unit on the fourth floor.  Our specially trained staff brings intensive or intermediate levels of family-centered care  to children who have been severely injured, have a life-threatening illness, or have undergone a complicated surgery.

The Critical Care Unit operates under two levels of care:  Intermediate Care and Intensive Care. Within the Intensive Care Unit is our Pediatric Congenital Heart Center . These patient rooms are set up to be viewed by clinical staff at all times. The ICU features glass paneled doors and windows easily seen from each respective nursing work station. We also have a monitor tech whose sole responsibility is to watch the monitors at all times and alert the nurse if the there is a change in a child’s vital signs.

The PCCU houses a Child Life playroom for supervised playtime, options for gaming systems such as Wii and the GetWell Network on a flat screen panel for every room.

Neonatal Critical Care

Our Level 3 Neonatal Critical Care Unit (Level 3 is the highest state designation) is statistically one of the best in the country - and no wonder, since it opened its doors in 1942, making it one of the first in existence in the world. We were the first ever to transport a premature infant by helicopter, in 1967. With six full-time neonatologists and a state-of-the-art facility, our Neonatal Critical Care Unit ranks top in care of ill premature and term infants.

Many of our patients come from a 24-county area surrounding Peoria. Our Neonatal Transport Team uses ground transportation or OSF Life Flight to bring infants from other hospitals to Children’s Hospital of Illinois. We have the latest technologies which allow us to care for the smallest and sickest infants. Sometimes those infants require therapies such as ECMO, nitric oxide, therapeutic hypothermia, and high frequency ventilation. All of the infants receive the best care from highly trained and compassionate staff.

Inpatient Units | Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Baby and Nurse Our Neonatal Critical Care Unit, located on the third floor of the Milestone building, is divided into seven neighborhoods of 8-12 private rooms. This design contributes to a safe and comforting healing environment. We offer intensive and intermediate levels of care within the NICU: 40 intensive care and 32 intermediate beds for infants who no longer require intensive nursing care. Twenty of the intermediate beds are located within the Neonatal Critical Care Unit; the other 12 are on the fifth floor of OSF Saint Francis, next to the Family Birthing Center. We are fortunate to have consulting physicians from every discipline so our patients can come here to be seen for any diagnosis and almost any surgery. We have an excellent working relationship with Labor and Delivery (L&D) and an exemplary Fetal Diagnostics Program for parents. This program creates a sense of comfort by giving information about L&D, NICU, what to expect during your stay, and on site tours.

In addition to our in-room sleeping for parents, there are a set of private sleeping rooms on the floor for parents who need rest but don’t want to be far away from their child. There is also a family dining room for parents and private rooms for mothers to pump breast milk if they choose. Parents also utilize resources such as case management, social work, and pediatric supportive care to help them throughout their stay.