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Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital for Children

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Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Memorial Hospital for Children provides comprehensive and progressive medical care to critically ill and high-risk newborns. This nurturing, compassionate environment helps babies heal and supports their development. Key to accomplishing this is working hand-in-hand with parents and families in an approach to care-giving known as family-centered care.

 

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Families Are Important Members of the Health Care Team

The NICU medical staff recognizes the strong bond between infants and their families. Here, parents and other family members aren't viewed as visitors; they’re considered the primary care givers who play a vital role in providing ongoing emotional and spiritual support to the baby.

 

The NICU at Memorial Hospital bases its family-centered care on four principles: dignity and respect, sharing information with the family, encouraging the family to participate in the decision-making process, and collaboration. This partnership thrives at two levels:

  1. with the families of newborns in the NICU and
  2. by involving parent volunteers who participate on Memorial Hospital committees to help develop NICU policies and programs.

The neonatal intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs:

  • Provides comprehensive care for newborns—The 60-bed NICU at Memorial Hospital for Children is certified as Level III-B with the State of Colorado. It provides comprehensive, intensive and progressive care for premature infants and critically ill newborns with respiratory distress, infections, birth defects and special developmental needs. Medical services include:
    • ventilators, oxygen, IV therapy, cardiac monitoring and respiratory monitoring;
    • surgery, either in the main operating room or in the NICU;
    • physical, speech and occupational therapy to learn how to eat, play, vocalize and sit.
  • Offers diagnostic services—Testing in the NICU at Memorial Hospital includes EKG, x-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, MRIs, cardiac catheterization, lumbar puncture (commonly known as spinal tap) and blood testing.
  • The skilled, compassionate NICU medical team provides 'round–the-clock' care—Every medical staff member meets strict requirements and training, plus many have earned special certifications. The NICU medical team at Memorial Hospital includes neonatologists (medical doctors who specialize in caring for newborns); registered nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners; and respiratory, physical, speech and occupational therapists. The nursing staff works in health care teams. This means every baby gets to know a certain group of nurses; in turn, the nurses learn the baby’s special needs and the family's needs. In addition, a discharge coordinator helps to round up resources such as monitors or oxygen when babies are ready to go home.
  • An accredited and certified facility—The Memorial Hospital for Children (including the NICU) is a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and meets its stringent criteria. It is also certified by The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals and Organizations.

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We’re Passionate About Helping Babies

The NICU medical team members at Memorial Hospital are passionate about their role in helping to heal babies. They provide compassionate care and partner with families to provide a nurturing, healing environment. A special treat is the annual Celebration of Life Picnic. Here, the medical team, babies, and families come together for a fun, relaxed reunion where the NICU "graduates" can show off their accomplishments.

 

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Related Links

» More about: National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions
The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals and Organizations