CVICU at Phoenix Children's Hospital

CVICU at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Children's Heart Center, CVICU

Located on the fifth floor of the Main Building at Phoenix Children's Hospital, in conjunction with the Children's Heart Center and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is one of the premier units in the Southwest that is dedicated to the care of children with congenital heart disease.

Comprised of pediatric cardiac critical care physicians with specialized training and expertise with congenital heart disease, these medical professionals are primarily responsible for supervising the clinical care of critically-ill patients admitted for surgery, cardiac catheterization, or medical illness. A member of Phoenix Children's pediatric cardiac intensive care team is available 24/7 to provide critical care services for children who have congenital heart disease as well as any other cardiac or thoracic illness.

Intensivists and Nurse Practitioners

Heidi Dalton, MD, Division Chief and Section Chief

Sharad P. Menon, MD, Medical Director

Paul R. Bakerman, MD

Lisa M. Grimaldi, MD

John E. Lane, MD

Jennifer L. Matchey, MD

Rohit P. Rao, MD

David W. Tellez, MD

Brigham C. Willis, MD

Elizabeth A. Zorn, MD

Shontel Dugar, PNP

Laura Fleming, CPNP

Aimee Franken, RN, BSN, MSN, CPAP-AC

Stacey Grohall, ACPNP

Courtney Howell, PNP, MSN

Belinda Large, CPNP

Cassie Valasek, CPNP

Kim Yeakel, CPNP

Mission and Purpose

Its mission is to provide the best medical care for children by incorporating the following principles:

  • Continuity of care
  • Dedicated specialized care
  • Family-centered care and patient safety

Most patients are admitted and discharged from this state-of-the-art unit without ever being transferred to another unit or location within the hospital. All patients are cared for by the same medical and nursing team during their admission.

Dedicated pediatric cardiac nurses, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiac intensivists, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, child life specialists and social workers all participate in the daily care of each patient.

The unit features:

  • Twenty-four private rooms designed with patients and families in mind
  • Advanced support capabilities including extracorporeal support devices
  • Centralized telemetry and imaging stations
  • Family waiting room and lounge


Patricia Rhee, CVICU Manager

CVICU:  (602) 933-8510

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