Highest level of NICU care
Our NICU on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is designated as a Level IV facility by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is the highest level of distinction. This means we have the highest level of capabilities and experience to care for complex conditions. It also means that our NICU is staffed 24/7 by specialists who have extensive training in caring for premature babies and babies facing critical illness. We have surgical capabilities for congenital or acquired conditions, which are those that children are born with and those that happen over time after birth. Our pediatric anesthesiologists specialize in making surgery as safe and comfortable as possible, and our surgeons are trained specifically to care for infants.
Two NICUs to meet your needs
For babies needing critical care in Colorado and beyond, we offer two highly-capable NICU locations for your convenience – one in Aurora and one in Colorado Springs.
At our Aurora location, we offer the most advanced capabilities and we have the most qualified caregivers available to our patients around the clock. All of our children’s experts are on site at our Anschutz campus, so there is no waiting for the most qualified experts. For critically-ill infants, there is no better care in the Rocky Mountain region.
Our Level III NICU in Colorado Springs has demonstrated expertise in caring for infants born before 32 weeks of pregnancy and those with complex medical conditions. To earn this designation level, our Colorado Springs NICU cares for a large volume of patients and has care teams available 24 hours a day who have specialized training in neonatology and other necessary subspecialties.
Care beyond the NICU
Helping your baby come into the world as healthy as possible is just the start of our work. We’re also focused on your child’s long-term health. This is why we coordinate with some of the best pediatric subspecialists in the nation who provide care for your child in our NICU. When you come to a children’s hospital NICU like ours, you’re surrounded by an entire network of caregivers who specialize in caring just for kids.
If you deliver in our Colorado Fetal Care Center, you will be just down the hall from your baby so you both can recover near each other under some of the best care in the nation. We also coordinate every day with pediatric specialists in cardiology, breathing, neuroscience, pediatric surgery and many other areas if your baby needs specialized care for an associated condition.
Many of the babies born in our NICUs require care after they go home. We’re experienced in making this as safe and easy as possible. We will provide ongoing care through our specialty clinics and coordinate with your child’s primary care doctor to ensure your child can focus on being a child as much as possible.
Pioneering neonatology providers
Our neonatal doctors have pioneered many critical developments in neonatal care, and in many cases, were the first in the world to use new therapies, including:
- Surfactant replacement for premature babies’ lungs.
- Inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pulmonary hypertension in both full-term and premature babies.
- Brain cooling for perinatal brain injury.
- Optimal nutritional strategies for low birth weight babies.
Our neonatal team strives to elevate care for the smallest, most vulnerable patients. We continue to push our research teams forward, regularly ushering in new innovations, practices and techniques from the lab to the bedside.
Learn about our neonatology research
Award winning care in our Anschutz NICU
Our neonatal care team has earned recognition for outstanding outcomes from organizations across the country and the world. We provide capabilities and experience few other NICUs in the country can so that you feel comfortable when your baby is here.
Our NICU is consistently ranked as one of the top NICUs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
We are one of 16 centers worldwide recognized at the platinum level by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. This means that we have met the highest standards for utilizing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to care for newborns with various life-threatening heart and lung conditions.
These awards recognize the dedication of more than 450 specialists who understand that caring for newborns is different and have dedicated themselves to achieving the best outcome for your baby.
Who we treat in neonatal intensive care
Our NICU facilities admit infants up to 3 months of age from Denver, Colorado Springs, the surrounding region and across the country. We also provide care for babies with complex conditions who are older than 3 months, when necessary. For preterm and newborn infants with conditions that require high-level intensive care, surgery or specialized and innovative treatments, the Children’s Colorado NICU is the premiere destination in our region.
Since we see more than 300 infants annually who require surgery while in our NICU, our providers have developed specialized teams and care pathways to provide the best outcomes for these infants. This experience has also given us a deep expertise in caring for an array of rare and complex conditions.
In coordination with our Colorado Fetal Care Center, we care for moms and babies with fetal anomalies before, during and after birth. When necessary, you can deliver your baby in the Maternal Fetal Care Unit in our hospital on the Anschutz campus. This allows you to be close to your baby and the best care.
We also provide care for babies who are born elsewhere and discover after birth that they need a higher level of care. Our experienced neonatal providers coordinate care for babies born with multiple anomalies or conditions simply too severe for a lower level of care.
Often, babies stay in our NICU for an extended period. As babies progress, we work with our experts in other specialties until they are well enough to go home. We will prepare you and your family to be partners in the care of your baby at home.