Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NICUroomThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Joseph Hospital provides special care and support for babies in a secure and comforting environment. Our NICU is a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with the ability to care for all sick infants, including  extremely premature babies. We are recognized as having some of the best outcomes in Colorado.

Premature babies and critically ill newborns receive the highest level of care from our specially trained NICU teams which include board certified neonatologists, masters trained neonatal nurse practitioners, dedicated neonatal nurses, pharmacists and special therapists. The hospital is staffed around the clock with neonatologists who are pediatricians with three additional years of training in newborn pediatrics, and our neonatologists are physically present in the hospital around the clock, seven days a week.


Expertise in Neonatal Intensive Care

Our team has expertise in providing specialized medical care for newborns. In addition to neonatologists, special care is provided by neonatal nurse practitioners who are on duty 24 hours a day. These practitioners are registered nurses who have additional education and experience in the care of sick newborns as well as ongoing care of newborns. This NICU team will provide comprehensive care for your baby. We also have access to a full range of pediatric medical subspecialties including surgery and cardiology.


Private NICU at Saint Joseph Hospital

The 30-bed Level III NICU at Saint Joseph Hospital is not only one of the most advanced in the state, but it was also designed for maximum comfort and patient safety. Every NICU room is modern, spacious and private, giving parents and their babies the best possible experience and care.


To contact the NICU at Saint Joseph Hospital, call 303-812-4442.

Experience & Outcomes

What is the NICU?

NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Saint Joseph Hospital has a Level III NICU, a designation that signifies that the hospital can provide comprehensive care for those small infants born at all gestational ages and birth weights, including those born with critical problems or illnesses.

Why would a baby be admitted in the NICU?

A baby can be admitted to the NICU for a variety of reasons.

Some conditions that require a stay in the NICU are less complex and require a few extra days after their born. This could include things like jaundice or initial feeding issues.

Other conditions that are more complicated and would require a longer stay in the NICU include

  • Prematurity, or babies born before 37 weeks gestation
  • Anemia
  • Breathing problems
  • Growth problems during pregnancy (too small or too large)
  • Other abnormalities that have developed during pregnancy, such as problems with the baby's heart, kidneys, or bones

Premature babies and critically ill newborns receive the highest level of care from our specially trained physicians and registered nurses.

What is a neonatologist?

A neonatologist is a pediatrician who has three years of additional training in newborn pediatrics.

Saint Joseph Hospital is staffed around the clock with neonatologists who have extensive experience and expertise in treating complications and providing specialized medical care for newborns.

What other types of care providers are in the NICU?

In addition to neonatologists, care is also provided by neonatal nurse practitioners who are on duty 24 hours a day. These practitioners are registered nurses who have additional education and experience in the care of sick newborns as well as ongoing care of newborns.

Along with specialty nurses, Saint Joseph Hospital also has a team of pediatric specialists including pediatric surgeons and cardiologists.

Our team also work very closely with our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians when we know that a baby will be admitted directly to the NICU after birth. When this is known ahead of time, we encourage families to prepare and offer 1-on-1 visits with our team before the birth in addition to a tour of the NICU.

There are also other specialized members of our care team that will be part of your baby's care team, such as lactation nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists, who only focus on babies in the NICU.

What is the philosophy of care in the NICU?

At Saint Joseph Hospital, we believe that families come first. At the heart of our patient- and family-centered care philosophy is the belief that health care providers, patients and their families are partners, working together to best meet the needs of parents and their babies.

Patient- and family-centered care provides a comforting environment which supports and encourages communication between provider, patients and their families. As such, parents are welcome in the NICU 24 hours a day and are encouraged to take an active part in caring for their baby. Parents are included as part of our care team rounds and are involved in the discussions and care plans for their baby for the day.

One unique feature of Saint Joseph Hospital is that in cases where a mother is medically ready to leave the hospital, but her baby still needs care in the NICU, the hospital has guest rooms to allow parents to be close to their baby at all times.