Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer Extracorporeal Life Support Services (ECLS) in addition to Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to our patients. Our program was the very first pediatric and neonatal ECMO program in the state and is the recognized expert in all forms of extracorporeal life support in the state.
Under the leadership of Dr. Heidi Dalton, an internationally-known expert in extracorporeal life support and coordinating efforts of Alicia Schmidt, MSN and Diane DePietro, BSN, the ECLS team at Phoenix Children’s is an integrated effort of neonatologists, intensivists, surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists - all who provide care to these critically-ill children.
ECMO: What is it?
We are one of two programs in Arizona that offers ECMO support to pediatric and neonatal patients. Learn more about how and why ECMO is used.
Services offered by the ECMO program at Phoenix Children’s include:
- Neonatal ECMO (used in our Neonatal ICU)
- Pediatric Respiratory ECMO (used in our Pediatric and Cardiovascular ICUs)
- Cardiac ECMO (used in our Neonatal and Cardiovascular ICUs)
We are very proud of these ECMO program achievements at Phoenix Children’s:
A two-time recipient of the ELSO “Center of Excellence” in Extracorporeal Life Support award and we were the very first ECMO program in Arizona to receive this designation.
- Within the organization called ELSO, we are the 32nd ECMO center, out of the approximately 145 active centers worldwide.
- Proud to have treated more than 420 patients since opening in 1987.
- The first pediatric ECMO program in Arizona (in 1991).
- A member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) since 1989.
ECMO Referrals / Contact Us
To refer a patient for ECMO, please contact:
For general information, please call Alicia Schmidt or Diane DePietro at