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.
Littleton Adventist Hospital was the first designated Level III B NICU in the south metro area and is the highest level NICU in Centura Health. Our designation as a Level III B 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.
Expert Care With a Family Touch
Littleton Adventist Hospital's Level IIIB NICU was the first in South Denver. For Kristin Kyung, 37, or Parker, Colorado, this level of expertise saved her son's life.
In 2009, when she was 35 years old and pregnant with twins, Kyung experienced complications with her pregnancy and sadly lost one of the two babies she carried. She turned to Littleton Hospital to prepare for the premature birth of her second baby.
The day she was admitted, Kyung's son Michael was born at 23 weeks gestation. Weighing just 14 ounces, Michael was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Littleton Hospital.
"The team at Littleton Hospital NICU did so much more for us than care for our child - they cared for us as a family," says Kyung. "The nurses were so upbeat, and I believed in their ability to care for my son, as well as his ability to fight through it all."
Now 2 years old, Michael is progressing beyond expectations.
Each year, the NICU at Littleton Hospital hosts a reunion for former patients and their families. It's a poignant time for many, as friends, families, and staff members enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and cherished company. At this year's reunion, Michael surprised the hospital staff by walking in.
"No one at the hospital had seen Michael walk yet, so it was wonderful to see all the surprised looks on faces," says Kyung. "It's amazing to see these kids who are thriving and know Littleton Hospital helped make it happen."
From the October 2011 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.