The OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois (CHOI) is a 142-bed tertiary care teaching hospital within a hospital at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the flagship institution of the OSF HealthCare system and the largest children’s hospital in downstate Illinois. With more than 100 pediatric subspecialists representing 19 pediatric subspecialties, CHOI provides care to over 7,000 pediatric inpatients annually, with a pediatric emergency room volume near 15,000. The hospital is designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center (highest designation in the state of Illinois) and serves a broad population of patients, with a referral area covering more than 40 counties in Central Illinois. This vast referral area assures that our fellows see a tremendous variety of clinical cases and have an opportunity to work closely with (and be mentored by) faculty from all disciplines.
Pediatric Critical Care Unit
The Pediatric Critical Care Unit is a 32-bed unit, comprised of 16 ICU beds and 16 intermediate care beds (though with flexibility to adjust based on patient care needs). The critical care service admits approximately 2500 patients per year (split roughly between 1/3 ICU and 2/3 intermediate). The intensivists provide 24/7 in-house supervision to fellows, advanced practice providers, residents (pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, and emergency medicine), and medical students. Services offered include neonatal and pediatric extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO), inhaled nitrous oxide, continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), novel ventilatory strategies (such as negative pressure ventilation and paced diaphragmatic stimulation), invasive neuromonitoring, airway reconstruction, and spinal reconstruction programs.
We are also extremely fortunate to be affiliated with the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, a world class facility on the hospital campus designed for simulation training and medical innovation. Fellows spend time at Jump for didactic and hands-on training, and they also have an opportunity to pursue advanced training in simulation science.
Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Jon Gehlbach
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics [email protected]