Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NICU Center of Excellence at P/SL

NICU Renovation 2011

Neonatal Care at P/SL

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurseries at RMHC at P/SL

P/SL has the largest NICU in the region. Our board-certified neonatologists and hospitalists are on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing unparalleled maternal and newborn care.

Our Philosophy

We believe each child is a complete being with his or her own unique strengths and capabilities, with a right to achieve their own potential.

Each child and family has the right:

  • To identify their needs and experience change in a supportive environment
  • To express their needs and have those needs responded to appropriately
  • To experience life with dignity

We recognize our responsibility to advocate for and deliver excellent, quality care to all families. We are committed to the goal of establishing an environment, which supports the family.

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurseries for Seriously Ill Infants

The 84-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is staffed around the clock for the most seriously ill infants. The NICU is the largest of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region and is classified as a Level II and Level III care center, the most extensive level of critical care available for newborns. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL is the only children's hospital in the region staffed 24 hours a day with board-certified neonatologists specializing in acute delivery room resuscitation, respiratory care, high-frequency ventilation and surgery.

About Our NICU

The NICU is divided into two units, the Level III and Level II nurseries, allowing for specialized care of every infant. The Level III nursery is a 30-bed unit. There are four large rooms, each hold six to eight infants. There are also four "isolation" rooms. These rooms may be used to separate babies for a medical reason or for babies who may become over stimulated by light and noise. Babies do get moved around the unit from their first location. While we do try to keep parents informed, please ask at the front desk, as you check in for the most up to date information.

The Graduate Nursery

When a baby requires less intensive care, he or she will be transferred to the Graduate Nursery or Level II nursery. The focus of the Graduate Nursery is to help an infant grow and develop, as well as assist parents to learn how to care for their baby with the security of having a nurse available to give assistance. Incorporation of the family into our care is very important. We encourage families to spend as much time as possible with their infant. Babies are generally discharged to home from this nursery, or transferred to the hospital closest to home when possible. A case manager helps make these arrangements (see Support Services). The staff is fully prepared to help families meet all of their needs to prepare for discharge.