PSVMC to open pediatric intensive care unit

Portrait of John V. McDonald, M.D.

John V. McDonald, M.D.
Medical director, Regional Women and Children's Program

April 17, 2013

As you know, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has expanded its pediatric inpatient unit from 12 to 24 beds. Now, four of these beds will serve as a new pediatric intensive care unit, or PICU. Beginning April 29, the PICU will allow Providence to care for the community’s most critically ill children. The PICU complements the hospital's newly expanded 60-bed neonatal intensive care unit, which is the largest NICU in Oregon.

Mitchell Ross, M.D., a pediatric intensivist, will serve as medical director of the PICU. Dr. Ross joins Providence from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he was a PICU physician and pediatric department chair. Dr. Ross is originally from Oregon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University and his medical school education at Oregon Health & Science University. His fellowships included pediatric critical care, pediatric toxicology, and pediatric emergency medicine.

The addition of the PICU gives Providence the opportunity to offer more children and their families compassionate and safe care, consistent with our Mission to serve the most vulnerable in our community. In the past, when critically ill children arrived at our emergency departments or became too ill to be cared for in our pediatric unit, we sent them across town to another hospital.

How We Care video: Mike Donahue introduces PICU.

These transitions and handovers added stress and complexity to the lives of families already struggling with a crisis. The PICU builds upon our current children’s services and enables us to provide a connected experience of care for families already in a Providence facility. We are able to expand these services because of the significant foundation of excellence we have established over the years.

Providence is a leader in children’s health care, and the addition of the PICU strengthens our ability to improve the health of children in our community. We congratulate the team that has worked so hard to help make this a reality and we know you’ll join us in welcoming Dr. Ross to Providence.