Northwest Ind. hospitals lack a pediatric ICU, data show

Northwest Indiana hospitals do not have a pediatric intensive care unit and must send critically ill young patients to facilities in Chicago, Indianapolis or South Bend, Ind., Indiana University Northwest data show. Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond closed its PICU in 2004 because poor reimbursement, mainly from Medicaid, meant it could not staff the unit with specialists and subspecialists needed to treat critically ill children.

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