Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Denver

The Level III NICU of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Swedish Medical Center provides care for the most fragile babies. Our team offers a full range of pediatric medical subspecialties, completes respiratory support and performs advanced imaging.

For more information about our NICU, please call (303) 788-6515.

Family-centered NICU services

Our state-of-the-art NICU offers a family-style design, providing each patient a private room, with individualized womb-like environments. Parents are able to room with their newborn as an added opportunity to bond.

Other features of our 17-bed NICU include:

  • Secure unit with specialized identification for entry
  • Private family rooms to accommodate multiple births
  • A family waiting area
  • Refrigerator and breastfeeding supplies
  • NICU Graduate Reunion (an event for families to spend time with their baby’s caregivers an visit with other NICU graduates and their families)

Who provides care in our Level III NICU?

Our team consists of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal registered nurses, developmental therapy specialists, pharmacists, social workers, respiratory therapists, lactation specialists and a chaplain. All of these specialists have particular expertise in working with critically ill babies and their families.

A neonatologist is a medical doctor with special expertise in the care of sick and premature babies. They assume the care of babies in the NICU.

A neonatal nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with specialized training in the care of sick and premature babies. There is a neonatal nurse practitioner available 24 hours a day to offer immediate response to emergencies and provide leadership in the care of NICU babies.

A neonatal registered nurse has advanced experience working with critical care babies, provide nursing assessments and direct care for each NICU patient.

A respiratory therapist has advanced experience working with respiratory equipment, treatment and therapy for infants in the NICU.

A developmental therapist is an occupational or physical therapist with special training to help evaluate neurodevelopmental behavior and progress, including motor, feeding and interaction capabilities.

A social worker provides support and information for parents regarding resources that can make your baby’s stay in the NICU less stressful. Social workers can answer questions about financial issues, transportation and make referrals to agencies in your area.

Other pediatric specialists can be called in for additional evaluations. Cardiologists, radiologists, surgeons and ophthalmologists are often consulted. Following discharge, each baby’s pediatrician is contacted and given a verbal and written summary describing the care and treatment provided while in the NICU.

Our team works with you to provide the best care possible and encourages you to ask questions about treatments, tests or medications given to your baby. We are committed to keeping you informed while providing comprehensive, compassionate care.

Learn more about pregnancy and childbirth at Swedish Medical Center.