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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (4 Central Wing)

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Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Pediatric ICU: (424) 259-9432

About Our Unit

Welcome to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. We understand that this is a very difficult time for both you and your child. Our goal as a healthcare team is to provide the best care for your child while in the PICU. Our mission: Delivering compassionate and knowledgeable nursing care to critically ill children and their families. Our vision: Building healthier futures, one child at a time, by establishing trust and relationships through the delivery of family-centered care that incorporates evidence-based professional practices into a therapeutic environment.

Our Team

UCLA is a teaching hospital. As a teaching hospital, you will have a team of physicians to help manage your child’s care, including medical students, interns, senior residents and an attending physician (PICU intensivist). Physicians round on our patients each morning. During this time, parents are encouraged to participate by listening and asking any questions.

Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, registered nurses, care partners, respiratory therapists, clinical social workers, case managers, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and child life specialists. All staff members will be wearing UCLA identification badges with their name and photo displayed.

Patient and family-centered care is our priority. At 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, your current and incoming nurses will exchange information at your child’s bedside. We do this so you can participate in your child’s plan of care, but ask that you hold any questions until they are finished. If you prefer that report is done outside of your child’s room, please notify your nurse.

Visitation, Safety and Security

Please use the intercom located outside of the south-side entrance to access our PICU. When instructed by a staff member, press the silver plate next to the intercom to enter the unit.

Our goal is to maintain patient privacy and provide a calm and healing environment. We understand the importance of having family present during a child’s hospital stay. That is why parents are always welcome to stay. To ensure patient safety, we limit the amount of furniture in every patient room. Only one sleep surface for parents is allowed in each room.

Side rails on your child’s bed must be up at all times. Children less than 2 years old will be placed in a crib. Children greater than 2 years may be placed in a regular patient bed. Special circumstances must be approved by our healthcare team.

Due to limited space in the rooms, please limit visitors to two at a time. Visitors are welcome unless they are sick (cough, fever, runny nose, etc.). Children under 18 years old must be supervised by an adult family member at all times.

Hand washing is the single most important step to preventing infection. All visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving a patient’s room. If your child is on isolation precautions, please follow the signs posted outside of the room or ask your child’s nurse about appropriate precautions.


Artificial flowers, cards, non-latex balloons and personal photos are always welcome. To control infection, fresh flowers and plants are not allowed in the PICU. The Gift Shop on the ground level is open Mondays through Fridays, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and closed on Sundays and holidays.

Dining Services

Hotel-style room service is available and may be ordered from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. There is a Signature Dining button on the room phone, or you can call x96600. Our cafeteria located on the ground level is open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Internet Access

Wireless-enabled Internet service is available in our hospital. Please select “MedGuest” and agree to the terms and conditions in your browser to obtain access.

Cell Phone Use

Cell phone use is allowed in your child’s room and outside of the unit. Please do not use your cell phone in the unit hallways. Cameras and cell phone photography are allowed in your child’s room, but please do not photograph our staff.


The visitor restroom is located near the double doors by the PICU entrance. There is only one restroom in the unit. If you would like to be directed to another restroom outside of the unit, please ask a staff member.

Visitation, Safety and Security


Family members have access to shower facilities. Please ask a staff member and he or she can coordinate arrangements for you.


Convenient valet parking is available almost 24 hours on weekdays at our main entrance on 16th Street. Discounted rates are available for extended periods. Ask our parking or security staff for details. There are also parking structures at 1260 15th Street, 1245 16th Street, and 1311 16th Street. Hours and rates are posted at the entrances. There is also metered street parking, but please make sure to read the street signs carefully.

We Want to Hear From You

We are committed to providing world-class care to our patients and our families. We highly value the input and knowledge of parents while caring for their children. Do not hesitate to ask our healthcare staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Please let us know if there was a staff member who provided extraordinary care and compassion during your stay. We’d like
to recognize them!

Quick Reference Guide

Unit Director
Coleen Wilson, RN, MSN
(424) 259-8280

Assistant Unit Director/Educator
Jill Scherrey, RN, MSN, CCRN
(424) 259-8284

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mary Lawanson-Nichols, RN, MSN, NP, CCRN
(424) 259-8281

Unit Telephone Number
(424) 259-9432

Child Life Specialist
(424) 259-8219

Spiritual Care
(424) 259-8170

Patient Affairs
(424) 259-9120