Pediatric Critical & Intensive Care (PICU)

Critical Care Close to Home

More than 1,100 critically sick or injured children are treated annually in Albany Medical Center's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – the only one in the region. Our team of pediatric intensive care specialists is fully trained in the most advanced lifesaving and support techniques available.

We understand that illnesses and injuries of a child can be a very stressful time for families. Our PICU, with specialty-trained nurses and doctors, are here to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Nurse managers are available to answer any questions. Please ask your nurse to contact the nurse manager if needed.
  • Our child life specialists are available to make children feel comfortable and offer support for families.
  • A social worker is available for assistance.
  • Chaplain services are available upon request.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is located adjacent to the PICU at Albany Medical Center. It is an extension of the Ronald McDonald House. It provides the same warm, home-like atmosphere for families who want to be near their child at the hospital. The room offers a peaceful place to have a snack or cup of coffee, watch television, read, or use a computer. Siblings can quietly play a game or relax. It is located on the Floor 7 of the D Building next to the D elevators and Camp Amedore.

For more information, visit or call 518-438-2655.

There are also a very limited number of sleep rooms available near the PICU. They are set aside for parents of our most critical patients. If you would like to reserve a sleep room overnight, please sign up with the unit receptionist after 6 p.m. Requests will be honored based on individual circumstances.

The Albany Ronald McDonald House is located close to Albany Medical Center and houses parents and children being treated at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital.