Inpatient Pediatrics

The well baby nursery, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric inpatient ward and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) comprise the inpatient pediatric services at Denver Health.  

We have board-certified and board-eligible pediatricians, pediatric intensivists and neonatologists leading the interdisciplinary teams that provide high quality care to your child or family member.  Denver Health is formally affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and all of our physicians have full-time academic appointments at the School of Medicine.  

Inpatient Units

Well Baby Nursery

Denver Health has a busy delivery service with approximately 3,500 babies born per year. Our team consists of pediatricians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, lactation specialists and certified nurse aids. Newborns have the ability to stay in the room with their parents. We encourage and support breastfeeding, and we have implemented an evidence-based strategy to help all of our mothers.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The NICU at Denver Health provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for all of our premature and ill full-term newborns. Our 25 bed unit is a Level III NICU as we can treat seriously ill newborns requiring advanced medical and surgical care. Our multidisciplinary team, including neonatologists (physician specialists in the care of the newborn), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal physician assistants, nurses with neonatal expertise and specialized health care professionals, provides comprehensive family-centered care for each patient. Equipped with the latest technology and highly skilled onsite pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgeons, each baby receives the personalized attention he or she needs to heal, grow and transition home.

Pediatric Inpatient Ward

There are 20 beds on the pediatric ward. With our pediatric physicians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric nurses, we are able to care for numerous infections including pneumonia and urinary tract infections, respiratory issues like asthma and other common pediatric problems such as dehydration, accidental ingestions and abdominal pain. We have a full-time pediatric neurologist who evaluates and manages our patients with seizures. The inpatient ward supports continuous electroencephalogram monitoring for patients being evaluated for seizures and assessing the response to therapies. Our pediatric surgeons are available to provide care for surgical conditions such as appendicitis and gall bladder disease. 

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The PICU at Denver Health has eight beds that can increase to 10 when needed. Our team, including pediatric intensivists (specialists in treating critically-ill children), pediatric subspecialists, pediatric critical care nurses, specially trained respiratory therapists and registered dieticians, treat patients with respiratory diseases like pneumonia, bronchiolitis and asthma with all degrees of severity, including patients that need ventilators. We care for patients with different types of infections, diabetes and those with general pediatric surgical needs. We do not do dialysis, and we do not take care of complex cardiac disease.

Our quality is high with extremely low rates of complications. Because of the small intensive care unit, the four board-certified pediatric intensivists and specialized pediatric nurses will know the patient and family very well.

Denver Health is designated as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. The pediatric intensivists work collaboratively with the pediatric surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and vascular surgeons in the care of our pediatric trauma patients.