Inpatient Pediatrics

Our diverse team of pediatricians, pediatric intensivists and neonatologists are experts at providing high-quality care to your child.

Denver Health has a comprehensive Care Alliance with Children’s Hospital Colorado to make sure all Denver-area children have access to a comprehensive range of subspecialty services. All Denver Health physicians hold faculty appointments at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and our providers play an active role in medical research and educating future generations of pediatricians.

The Interdisciplinary Team

Denver Health providers use evidence-based medicine to deliver advanced and highly effective pediatric care. Our specialized, interdisciplinary support team is made up of pediatric and neonatal nurses, pediatric pharmacists, lactation specialists, pediatric-trained respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, registered dieticians, and dedicated social workers.

We believe that taking care of children is more than just providing the right medical care. Being in the hospital is difficult for everyone, but especially for children. To help our pediatric patients through this experience, our Child Life specialists have designed a program focused on using play to provide education and coping tools to both patients and visiting children. 

Inpatient Units

Well-Baby Nursery

Our dedicated group of pediatricians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners specializes in the care of the newborn baby. Working closely alongside a team of experienced nurses, lactation specialists, and certified nurse aides, our multidisciplinary group of pediatric providers offer the support both you and your baby need as you begin your lives together. 

Ensuring that newborns and families are provided the time and space to get to know one another is always a priority at Denver Health. We have large, family-friendly rooms so that you and your loved ones can focus on bonding with your baby. We encourage breastfeeding and have certified lactation consultants available to support you and answer any questions you may have. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The NICU at Denver Health is a Level III unit where premature or ill newborns receive advanced medical and surgical care. Our multidisciplinary team includes neonatologists (pediatricians with special training in the care of premature and seriously ill newborns), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal physician assistants, nurses with neonatal expertise and specialized health professionals with training in developmentally-appropriate newborn care. Many of our providers and team members are bilingual, and we are ready to support you and your child no matter what language you prefer.  

Each room is equipped with the latest technology, and parents have the ability to room-in with their babies. We also provide 24/7 lactation support, and encourage the use of breastmilk whenever possible. At Denver Health, every baby receives the personalized attention he or she needs to heal, grow and transition home safely. 

Pediatric Inpatient Ward

Our pediatric team provides compassionate and cost-effective care for common illnesses including urinary tract infections, respiratory problems such as asthma and pneumonia, dehydration, accidental ingestions, abdominal pain, appendicitis and gallbladder disease. We take great care of our patients with uncommon illnesses too, often in partnership with subspecialists at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  

We offer subspecialty care in pediatric neurology and seizure treatment, pediatric infectious diseases, and pediatric cardiology.  We offer a broad range of surgical specialties as well, including general surgery, ENT (ear, nose, throat), orthopedic and neurosurgery services. Our surgeons are supported by a highly experienced team of pediatric anesthesiologists, nurses and support staff.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

All of us at Denver Health love getting to know our patients and their families. In our small Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, our patients always receive personalized and compassionate attention throughout the course of more serious illnesses and injuries. Patients and families in our PICU will get to know our whole critical care team. 

That team includes pediatric intensivists (pediatricians with specialty training in treating critically-ill children), pediatric critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and registered dieticians trained and equipped to treat patients with respiratory diseases like pneumonia, bronchiolitis and asthma of all degrees of severity, including patients that need ventilators. We also care for patients with different types of severe infections, diabetes, and those with more intensive surgical needs. 

We are extremely proud of our PICU’s quality and focus on patient safety. Denver Health is designated as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and our pediatric intensivists work collaboratively with our pediatric surgery services to provide world-class care for pediatric trauma patients.