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Critical Care Medicine

Who we are

Critical Care Executive |  Clinical Management Team | Clinical Staff | Allied Health Professionals


In the past five years, the Department of Critical Care Medicine has evolved into two divisions: the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Cardiac Critical Care Unit (CCCU).

In 2007, we developed a critical care outreach program with the initiation of a nurse/physician Critical Care Response Team (CCRT) who are immediately available for advice and stabilization of ward patients.

The Paediatric Critical Care Program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The department is staffed by 17 full-time intensivists, and all patients are admitted under the primary care of these physicians. Visit our Staff Physicians page.



The Critical Care Executive is made up of leaders from the Department of Critical Care Medicine, and Division of Neonatology as well as representation from important allied areas including Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy, Anaesthesia and Information Technology. 

The role of the Executive Committee is to make sure there are standardized clinical practices between critical care areas such that we can be as cost efficient as possible, learn from each other, develop consistent approaches to quality assurance and safety practices and to advocate for critical care within the hospital community particularly related to resources and expansion. In a collaborative and multidisciplinary fashion we are trying to ensure consistent practices across critical care with the aim to be innovative, to learn from each other and ultimately to provide the best possible care to our patients and their families.


The clinical operations of the PICU and CCCU are lead by a highly skilled and dedicated team of health care professionals. Operational accountability is provided by Jackie Hubbert, the Clinical Director of The Labatt Family Heart Centre and Critical Care Services. Two senior clinical managers are responsible for the day to day operations in Cardiac CCU (Patricia Sutton) and Paediatric ICU (Mary Chen). Overseeing budgets of over $10-million respectively and direct supervision of over 300 registered nurses (RNs) and clerical support staff, the operational managers work collaboratively within a team-based structure. Christina Sperling is the Respiratory Therapy clinical manager overseeing 65 registered respiratory therapists (RRTs), with operational accountability for respiratory equipment across the entire organization.

The paediatric and cardiac team consists of advanced practice nurse educators, RRT educators/clinical specialists, clinical support nurses, charge RRTs, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialist and a quality manager. Read more on our Clinical Management Team.



Our frontline staff includes 301 registered nurses (RNs) and 65 registered respiratory therapists (RRTs, full-time and part-time). RNs and RRTs are an integral component of care delivery in both PICU and CCCU. 

Visit our Clinical Staff page for more information.



Interprofessional team care occurs with pharmacy, dietitians, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, child life, chaplaincy and other teams, throughout a child's visit - relative to the child’s specific needs. Visit our Allied health professionals page for more.