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Women & Children’s Hospital Pediatric ICU Named Leader in Extracorporeal Life Support

Updated: 7/28/2016

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has been granted the Gold Level Award for Excellence in Life Support by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).

This is the PICU’s fourth consecutive award of excellence since the program’s start in 2009.

The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes ECLS programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

ELSO’s goal is to recognize and honor ECLS programs that reach the highest level of performance, innovation, satisfaction and quality.

A designated Center of Excellence has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the following three categories:

  1. Excellence in promoting the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO;
  2. Excellence in patient care by using the highest quality measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence; and
  3. Excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication supporting ELSO guidelines that contributes to a healing environment for families, patients and staff.

The ELSO Award signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional patient care. It also demonstrates to the health care community an assurance of high quality standards, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members.

The ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support is valid for a three-year period: September 2016 – September 2019. An award ceremony will take place at the 27th Annual ELSO Conference in San Diego, California in September.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at WCHOB is a 20-bed unit serving approximately 1,300 patients per year. As the only pediatric ICU in the Western New York area, this unit is well-equipped to care for the wide range of medical and surgical needs of its population. Board certified pediatric intensivists are available 24 hours a day to provide support. Under their care, patients have access to therapies such as high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, non-invasive ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and general anesthesia.

For more information about the PICU at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, please visit