Caring for your premature or critically-ill baby closer to home
We understand the stresses that come with the birth of a baby who needs special care. We recognize that you and your family are your baby’s main source of strength and support.
Our philosophy of family-centered care nurtures those strong bonds between infants and their families that begin before birth. Our goal is to partner with you to achieve the best possible outcomes for your baby.
The neonatal ICU
Our NICU team includes highly specialized physicians and nurses who are trained to take care of these tiny newborns – and their parents, too!
We offer many services to the parents of babies in the NICU. We have certified lactation specialists to help you with breastfeeding and many other specialists that can answer any questions about your baby’s care. If your baby is going to be a patient in the NICU for a while, we will provide you with hands-on education that will help you care for your baby.
Our intensive care unit staff routinely cares for babies born from 27 to 44 weeks gestation (26 weeks on a case-by-case basis) as well as those with respiratory problems, infections, low blood sugar and jaundice. To provide this high level of care, the NICU has state-of-the-art equipment to help your baby.
Features and capabilities
Poudre Valley Hospital NICU: how we’re different
- Highest level NICU between the Denver metro area and Rapid City, SD
- Routinely cares for critically ill babies born at 27 to 44 weeks (26 weeks on a case-by-case basis)
- Will take readmissions up to an adjusted gestational age of 44 weeks
- 24/7 neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners
- State-of-the-art facility and equipment include high-frequency ventilation, nitric oxide and hypothermia therapy
- Private rooms
- Sleep sofa for parents who wish to stay overnight in their baby’s room
- Family support spaces
- Family-centered care
- Specialty trained nurses
- Certified lactation specialists to help with breastfeeding
- State-of-the-art facility and equipment
- Provides care closer to home
- Baby-friendly hospital
- OB critical care transport
Our specialties include:
- Maternal-fetal medicine
- Neonatal nurse practitioners
- Pediatric ophthalmology
- Pediatric anesthesiology
- Pediatric ENT
- Pediatric orthopedics
- Pediatric pharmacist
For additional questions:
Suze Ketchem, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS
Senior Director, Women and Children’s Service Line
Poudre Valley Hospital | Medical Center of the Rockies
The NICU PFAC
The PVH NICU Parent and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) was created in 2015 to improve collaboration and the overall parent and family experience in the Poudre Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The council is comprised of parent volunteers who have had children in the PVH NICU. By sharing their insights and experiences, the parent volunteers work together with the NICU staff to develop and implement programs for current and former NICU families.