Swedish is Dedicated to Caring for Kids


A hospital stay can be an intimidating, stressful experience for a child, parents and siblings. That's why Swedish has taken extra steps to create a soothing, inviting and pleasant environment for young patients and their families.

Pediatrics at Swedish Features a Team Dedicated to Kids, Including:

  • In-house pediatric intensive-care physicians and hospital-based pediatricians (pediatric hospitalists) available round the clock to care for children
  • Child-life specialists who are always ready to help patients and parents with the stress of a hospital stay
  • More than 400 other staff, including pediatric physician specialists, R.N.s and technicians who are dedicated to pediatric care

A Brief Tour of Pediatric Hospital Services

A 24-bed inpatient unit -This unit is located on a dedicated floor in a separate wing of Swedish's First Hill campus. It offers large and friendly private rooms, with a place for parents to sleep. It also offers comfortable, separate rooms for procedures, and a special waiting room for families is just down the hall. Learn more.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - This is where Swedish provides intensive care for young medical and surgical patients. A full-time pediatric intensivist and pediatric hospitalists - specially trained, board-certified pediatricians - provide round-the-clock care. What's more, the entire staff of pediatric specialists is readily available to share their expertise whenever the need arises.

Medical Imaging Unit - If your child needs an MRI, CT scan, ultrasound or other type of medical imaging, we have designed a room especially to help our younger patients feel more comfortable. In addition, our child-life specialists are available to help guide your child through what might be an intimidating experience.

Emergency Department - If your child needs emergent care, Swedish offers an emergency room uniquely designed and equipped to treat kids of all ages, from newborns to young adults. With its own family-friendly waiting room and bedside check-in for quicker treatment, you can avoid the commotion of the adult ER. In addition, the pediatric emergency department is staffed with fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric medical and surgical specialists who are prepared to treat any and every child. Learn more.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Reserved for premature babies or critically ill newborns, Swedish offers the largest and most comprehensive neonatal department in the state. Neonatologists - physicians who are specially trained to take care of high-risk newborns - are in the hospital 24 hours each day. The neonatal intensive care unit is one of the few Level III nurseries in Puget Sound, and is fully staffed and equipped to care for the tiniest, most fragile patients.

Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) - This unit operates as a step-down unit for the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU), as well as a Level II nursery. A staff of expert registered nurses provides 24-hour care, while the NICU physicians constantly check in.