Biocontainment Unit

The Biocontainment Unit (BCU) at Denver Health is dedicated to treating and caring for adult and pediatric patients with highly infectious diseases including Ebola. The BCU is staffed by a diverse and committed group of medical doctors (MDs), registered nurses (RNs), respiratory therapists (RTs), medical laboratory scientists (MLS), paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other healthcare professionals who are ready to identify, isolate, transport, treat and care for patients. The care team is called the High Risk Infection Team. The unit is a fully functional and inclusive space dedicated to caring for patients in an area isolated from the rest of the hospital and houses a Biosafety Level 3 lab that allows for comprehensive testing.


Denver Health is one of ten regional facilities in the United States designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Regional Ebola and Special Pathogen Treatment Center. Denver Health is prepared and equipped to care for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola and other special pathogens. There have been no confirmed Ebola cases at Denver Health, but since 2015, the hospital has evaluated and treated two suspected cases. Denver Health is part of a national network of health care providers, hospitals and public health agencies that collaborate to identify the best clinical, logistical and public health practices for identified and emerging special pathogens.


Conditions & Treatments:

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), & Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever.

High Risk Infection Team (HITeam)

Maria (Gaby) Frank, MD
Medical Director – Biocontainment Unit

Heather Young, MD

Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Infectious Disease Director – Biocontainment Unit


Kelly Medero, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BE

Nursing Director of Critical Care; Nurse Manager – Biocontainment Unit

Kelly Medero is the Nursing Director of Critical Care and one of the Nurse Managers of the Bio-containment Unit at Denver Health.  Kelly received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and a Master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  She is nationally board certified as a Critical Care Nurse and Nurse Executive.  She was one of the founding leaders of the Bio-Containment Unit and High-risk Infection Team (HITeam) at Denver Health.  She has a passion for nursing leadership and for creating the systems to provide safe, high quality patient care. 


Heather Escudero, MSN, RN, CCRN

Nurse Manager – Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Manager – Biocontainment Unit 


Caroline Croyle, MPH, CPH

Projects Coordinator – Biocontainment Unit, Infection Prevention Specialist

Caroline Croyle is the projects coordinator for the High Risk Pathogen Team (HITeam) and the biocontainment unit at Denver Health. Caroline received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in Environment Health Sciences and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She is passionate about supporting programs dedicated to preventing infections and improving patient safety, and all-hazards preparedness.

Contact Information

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  • Phone Number: 303-602-1262

  • Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm MST, 911 for emergency (24/7)