• Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Littleton Adventist Hospital, our team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals provide personal, loving attention to infants requiring special care. This compassionate team of experienced specialists includes neonatal nurses, perinatologists (doctors specializing in fetal-maternal care), neonatologists (doctors specializing in the care of sick newborns), pediatricians, 24-hour in-house neonatal nurse practitioners, developmental specialists and respiratory therapists. Consultation with other neonatal specialists is also available 24-hours a day.

    Many members of our NICU staff, including neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs), offer more than 20 years of experience. These NNPs attend all high-risk deliveries and are involved throughout the baby's entire stay at our hospital.

    Litleton Adventist Hospital was the first designated Level III NICU in the south metro area and is the highest level NICU in Centura Health. Our designation as a Level III NICU is based on our ability to care for the most critically ill, premature or multiple birth infants. While we hope your baby never needs this level of care, you can have peace of mind that our compassionate team of experienced specialists will provide the necessary levels of care.

    We strive to make your family's experience in our NICU as comfortable as possible with a feeling of home. In our 14-bed, state-of-the art NICU each baby and family has a personalized area within the greater NICU while our volunteers personally knit hats and blankets for the babies. Each homey "cubby" is a separated, private space designed for every baby's individualized development care and has a chair, sink, utility cabinets and fridge for the parents' use.

  • As part of our commitment to excellence in patient care and education, we at Littleton Adventist Hospital, are taking steps to help keep your family safe and healthy. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge of early symptoms and raise awareness of proper precautions - in hopes of keeping this highly contagious virus from being spread. Proper education can prevent a treatable case of RSV from becoming critical. 

    What is RSV?
    Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV) is a transmittable virus affecting the respiratory system, causing cold-like symptoms in healthy children but can lead to serious lung infections for some young babies. It is important to know the symptoms of RSV and to be aware if your child might be in a high-risk category for this virus. High-risk categories include:

    • Premature infants (delivered between 23-37 weeks)
    • Babies with heart or lung disease

    RSV outbreaks are most common in the fall and spring, and will have reached most children by age two. Coming in contact with contaminated bodily secretions spreads the virus. Children are particularly susceptible because of their desire to put things into their mouths. The RSV virus can live for several hours on some objects, so it is difficult to eliminate, especially in busy places such as daycares.

    Symptoms of RSV

    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Nasal flaring
    • Troubled breathing

    If your baby is showing these symptoms please call your pediatrician.

    Testing & Treatment

    Testing for the virus can be done at the hospital with a simple nasal fluid sample. Antibiotics do not help treat RSV. Most infections go away by themselves; however, infants and young children may be admitted to the hospital where they will benefit from oxygen, humidified air and IV fluids. If you are at all concerned please see your doctor.


    • Wash your hands before touching your baby
    • Insist that other people wash their hands before touching your baby
    • Keep sick people away from your baby, and ask them to wear a mask, if necessary
    • Remember that kissing can spread RSV to babies
    • Limit younger children's interaction with your baby, as children are more susceptible to having and spreading RSV
    • Do not expose your baby to tobacco smoke as it increases the risk for RSV


    At Littleton Adventist Hospital NICU, it only takes a brief stay to remain part of our lives forever. The tiny miracles that pass through our unit leave a big imprint on our hearts, and we absolutely delight in the chance to reunite with members of our NICU family, as well as their amazing parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who have given them so much love and support.  

    Each year, we invite our former patients to a NICU Reunion at our hospital. We gather current photos of the children and photos from when they stayed with us in the NICU. The collection of pictures is displayed in our unit for all to see. Other families passing through our NICU along their journey draw great encouragement from the evidence of such amazing progress in the other children.

    We spend one afternoon together; enjoy the featured entertainment, refreshments and catch up with old friends. Many of our former families who have shared time together in the NICU use this as an annual opportunity to reunite with one another. To our staff, this truly is a family reunion - an occasion for great joy and celebration.

    If you are part of our NICU family, plan on attending our annual NICU Reunion - details to come.


    At Littleton Adventist Hospital, high quality is our top concern. Whether you are here to welcome a new baby or visiting a recovering family member, your words of appreciation are our highest compliment and inspire us to serve each family that walks through our doors. SHARE stands for:

    Sense people's needs before they ask
    Help each other out
    Acknowledge people's feelings
    Respect the dignity and privacy of others
    Explain what is happening

    You can share a compliment with us by filling out a SHARE card form. This information may be used to celebrate and notify the hospital personnel mentioned in your SHARE card. Please Note:  This form is not secure.  Do not share any protected personal health information here.

    Here are a few notes from our patients:

    • Cheryl is awesome! Her experience shows and her encouragement through our NICU process was much needed.
    • Sarah was extremely nice, supportive, professional and caring while our son was being cared for! She had a wonderful and personable manner that helped our family be at ease with our son.
    • Please excuse me for not remembering names, but thank you to everyone who took care of our little family! Every single person made the delivery of our son such a wonderful and cherished experience! We appreciate all of you for doing your jobs with such amazing professionalism and personal attention.
    • Kim is very caring, thoughtful and informative.
    • Debbie was always welcoming and informative. I felt like she cared as much as I did about my daughter's needs and well-being. We will miss seeing her.
    • Jodi was very positive and encouraging while our daughter was in the NICU. She was the best cheerleader that our daughter could have had. We really appreciated her positivity!
    • The care was fantastic! From the moment we checked in to the time we left we were treated and cared for so wonderfully by the nursing staff, especially Linda, Angela, Kat and all the women in the NICU. Thank you for helping us through a difficult but wonderful experience! Our little guy is home and doing very well thanks to all of you!
    • My son was born premature and all the staff from Labor & Delivery, NICU and Women & Newborn Care were wonderful. They explained everything they did and why they were doing it. I don't think my wife and baby could have received better care.
    • Jodi was a wonderful nurse who has taught us how to care for our preemie while still allowing us to be hands on. I cannot say enough wonderful things about someone who is so excited to share her knowledge so enthusiastically with us.
    • Thank you for all you did for our son. We are so pleased with everyone. You made our experience here very exciting. Thank you!
    • Tricia provided our son with the most amazing and nurturing care we could've asked for. It was such an amazing relief to have Tricia taking care of our son. Thank you Tricia from the bottom of our hearts!
    • We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who took such good care of our miracle babies. Without you, our babies would not be here. We will be forever grateful. While we wanted to take our boys home with us each night, we knew they were not yet ready to come home but they would be well cared for and loved. Thank you to everyone for making us feel so welcome, especially early on when we were still figuring things out.
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