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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PICU)

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Akron Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides care to infants, children and teens who need advanced treatments, special monitoring and around-the-clock observation by specially trained critical care doctors, advanced practice providers, specialized subspecialty consultants, nurses, and other medical team members.

You can rest assured that we have the knowledge, skill and judgment to quickly assess and treat your child so he or she can achieve the best outcomes possible from critical illness or injury. Our ultimate goal is to help improve survival, speed recovery, minimize disability and relieve pain and suffering in a caring and respectful manner.

We have one focus: kids.

Equipped with advanced technology, we provide the highest level of care for a range of complex, and sometimes rapidly changing, medical problems. This includes after-surgery care for pediatric surgical procedures, including congenital heart surgery.

Care beyond medicine.

Our PICU team also cares for the non-medical concerns of the family. We have child life specialists to help kids understand and manage being in the hospital. For example, they'll listen when your child needs to talk, calm fears about what's happening, or provide distractions like books and games.  

Our social workers also help families cope with the emotional burdens of having a critically ill child. They can help to arrange temporary housing through the Ronald McDonald House, assist with insurance issues, or coordinate discharge planning when your child is ready to go home.

Our ultimate goal is to help improve survival, speed recovery, minimize disability and relieve pain and suffering in a caring and respectful manner.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Critical Care Medicine (PICU)


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Critical Care Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital
214 W. Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8136 (Office)
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Our Doctors/Providers

James Besunder
James Besunder, DO

Director, Pediatric Critical Care; Pediatric Intensivist

John Pope
John Pope, MD

Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care; Director, Medical Education; Pediatric Intensivist

Jennifer Biber
Jennifer Biber, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Intensivist

Michael Bigham
Michael Bigham, MD

Chief Quality Officer; Pediatric Intensivist

Ann-Marie Brown
Ann-Marie Brown, PhD, APRN-CNP

Lead Nurse Practitioner, Intensive Care

Jean Christopher
Jean Christopher, MSN, APRN-CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kerri Clark
Kerri Clark, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Michael Forbes
Michael Forbes, MD, FAAP

Medical Staff President; Director, Clinical Research & Outcomes Analysis, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Pediatric Intensivist

Beth Forst
Beth Forst, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Danielle Hicar, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Jones
Melissa Jones, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dan Lebovitz
Dan Lebovitz, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Jennifer Maley
Jennifer Maley, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Vivek Malhotra
Vivek Malhotra, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Amy McHenry
Amy McHenry, DNP, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Bryan McKee
Bryan McKee, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Kelly Metzger
Kelly Metzger, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jeffrey Naples
Jeffrey Naples, DO

Medical Director, Pediatric Transport; Pediatric Intensivist

Ryan Nofziger
Ryan Nofziger, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Christopher Page-Goertz
Christopher Page-Goertz, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Patricia Raimer
Patricia Raimer, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Kalyn Seislove
Kalyn Seislove, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Steward
Sarah Steward, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Family Centered Rounds

Our medical team meets every day, usually in the morning, to discuss each patient's case in detail; these discussions are known as rounds. You may see a group of doctors, nurses, and others walking from patient to patient, planning the medical care for each patient.

We encourage you to participate in your child's daily rounds. If you're unable to participate, the attending critical care doctor will inform you of the daily goals for your child by phone or in person.