Your Baby's Medical Team
Your baby will have a variety of members on his or her care team. Once your baby is a patient in the NICU, your neonatologist and possibly your pediatrician will care for your baby. Rest assured that while your infant is in our neonatal intensive care unit, he or she will truly get world-class care.
Neonatologists are pediatricians with three additional years of training focused on the care of critically ill newborns. The neonatologists based at PVH are on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC), and are members of the nationally renowned physician group that cares for newborns at The Children's Hospital in Denver. Seven other neonatologists with the UCDHSC provide additional expertise and support. A pediatric ophthalmologist is on staff at PVH, and numerous other pediatric specialists, such as pediatric cardiologists
and anesthesiologists, are available for consultation. All neonatology care is offered in partnership with your infant's pediatrician to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of care once your infant is healthy enough to leave the NICU.
Pediatricians have specialized training to care for babies and children. Your pediatrician works closely with the neonatologists to care for your baby and communicates with you throughout your baby's hospitalization.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP)
The NNPs work closely with the neonatologists to care for your baby and communicate with you throughout your baby's hospitalization. The NNPs at Poudre Valley Hospital are employees of The Children's Hospital in Denver.
Certified Lactation Counselors and Therapists
Certified lactation counselors, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists are also an essential part of your baby's care team.
As your baby becomes stronger, he or she may no longer require neonatology care, and it may be appropriate for your baby's pediatrician or family practice physician to supervise the medical team. Most babies go home directly from PVH, but in some cases it may be preferable to transport your baby to a community hospital closer to your home.
We are always eager to talk to you about your baby's care. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your neonatologist or any other member of your baby's medical team. If you do not find us in the nursery, you can have your baby's nurse contact us to schedule a meeting time. If you are outside the hospital, you can reach us by calling the NICU at 970.495.8280.