Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Thornton, Colorado
North Suburban Medical Center provides advanced care for premature and ill newborns in our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our Level II NICU in Thornton offers the highest level of medical care available for newborns and young babies in the north Denver area.
A NICU is a specialized medical area of a hospital that is staffed by neonatal medical staff and equipped with specialized medical equipment, such as incubators. NICUs are sometimes called newborn intensive care units or intensive care nurseries.
North Suburban offers the only NICU in the Thornton, Westminster, Federal Heights and north Denver areas. As part of the HealthONE system, we work closely with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s Level IV NICU—the largest NICU in Colorado. If your baby is very sick, we will rapidly transfer him or her to this Level IV NICU.
Our NICU care team
North Suburban’s dedicated NICU team of specialists work together to provide the best care possible. This team includes:
- Board-certified neonatologists, neonatal doctors who specialize in the care of premature and seriously ill newborns
- Hospitalists trained in pediatric care
- Neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal registered nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
- Lactation specialists
- Other consultant specialists, including pharmacists and developmental therapists
Having a child in the NICU is usually not planned, and it can be very confusing and upsetting. You will be an important member of your baby’s NICU team. We will work with you and your family to make sure that you are involved every step of the way.
Our Level II NICU features
Our NICU in Thornton offers the following features:
- Care for premature infants as early as 32 weeks gestation and low birth weight babies who are moderately ill
- Care for infants who are feeding and growing stronger after a stay in intensive care
- Mechanical ventilation for a brief time or continuous positive airway pressure
- Stabilize newborns until transfer to a higher level NICU is available, if needed
- Frozen donor breast milk available
- Designated family waiting area
- Kangaroo care, also called skin-to-skin holding, encouraged
- Secure unit to ensure safety
- Refrigerator and supplies for nursing moms
Getting your baby well quickly
The goal of care in our NICU is to get your baby healthy as quickly as possible. Through advanced medical treatment and emotional support for your baby and family, our team works around-the-clock to get your baby home where you and your family can be together.
Visiting guidelines are flexible, as we know that bonding is important to the healing process.
Should I select a hospital with a NICU?
Consult with your doctor to understand your risks and how things are going with your pregnancy and the health of your baby. Your doctor can talk with you about what type of care you might need on the big day.
Most women may find that it is a good idea to deliver at a facility that has a NICU, just in case their newborn needs specialized care. It can be hard to determine what complications can arise during labor and delivery. Having a NICU in your hospital can help ensure that your baby stays nearby and receives proper care from neonatal specialists, if the need arises at or after birth.
If the hospital you deliver at does not have a NICU, and your baby needs specialized care, your baby will be transferred to a hospital with a NICU. Hospitals will usually make every effort to transfer you as well, but there may be times where you are separated from your baby and in a different hospital for a period of time.