Hospital Care for Pediatric Patients

Quality care in a family-friendly setting

Being in the hospital can be a scary experience for children – and their parents. No matter what the diagnosis, a child’s illness is a family crisis. We’re committed to meeting each family’s unique needs during a child’s treatment and recovery.

Starlight Performers in Pediatrics

Performers with Starlight Theatre together with KC Costume Company entertain children in the Pediatrics Unit at The University of Kansas Hospital. Watch a sample of their show.

At The University of Kansas Hospital, you'll find a safe, nurturing and comfortable environment with family-friendly features such as:

  • Built-in beds in each room so you can stay with your child

To help make your child's stay more comfortable, we offer:

  • A child life specialist who provides educational and play activities
  • A playroom featuring toys, books and computer games

Pediatric Intensive Care

The quality of care provided to children with life-threatening illnesses and injuries sets The University of Kansas Hospital apart from community hospitals. In fact, other hospitals often transfer their sickest children to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Our PICU provides state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents with critical injuries and illnesses. Highly skilled nurses and intensivists (physicians with extensive training in pediatric critical care medicine)  staff our PICU around the clock.

Nearly 400 children from across Kansas and Missouri are admitted to our family-focused PICU every year. Parents have 24-hour access to the unit and are encouraged to spend the night.

Neonatal Intensive Care

Learn more about the comprehensive care our pediatric specialists and surgeons provide to mothers and their critically ill or premature infants.

Physician Spotlight


David Deer, MD

Clinical Focus
Radiation Oncology

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