Units and Clinics

St. Mary's Women's & Children's Services include the services of Labor & Delivery, Mother-Baby Unit, Well-Baby Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Mother-Baby Transport Programs. We provide the most comprehensive perinatal services in Western Colorado and eastern Utah.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


Babies born with complex medical needs are cared for by the professional team in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This highly trained team includes board certified neonatologists, masters trained neonatal nurse practitioners, dedicated neonatal nurses, and special therapists. The NICU has advanced technology available to care for critically ill infants, even those born premature. The team provides comprehensive care, with access to a full range of pediatric medical sub-specialties including surgery and cardiology. The NICU has a full service transport team ready to respond, by ground or air, to a large referral area in western Colorado and eastern Utah.

According to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, St. Mary's operates as a Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit.

St. Mary's has the personnel, expertise, and equipment to provide:

  • continuous life support and comprehensive care for extremely high-risk newborn infants and those with complex and critical illness,
  • comprehensive care for extremely low birth weight infants,  
  • advanced respiratory care,
  • prompt and on-site access to a full range of pediatric medical sub specialists, including pediatric surgical specialists and anesthesiologists,
  • advanced imaging with interpretation on an urgent basis, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and echocardiography.  

Pediatric Unit

Staffed by skilled and caring physicians and nurses, St. Mary's cheerful, upbeat pediatric unit cares for children from birth through age 17.

Each child's primary nurse, specially trained in pediatrics, works directly with the child's physician to coordinate treatment and ensure a comfortable hospital stay. To keep the nurses close to their young patients, the 10-room, 11-bed unit was designed with nurses' alcoves between each two patient rooms instead of the one centralized nurses' station found in most adult units.

Our pediatric nurses have an average of 14 years of experience on the unit. Many have obtained the advanced professional training and designation of "certified pediatric nurse." Staff members are specially trained in all aspects of care for children's critical care, life support, post-surgical care, even pediatric chemotherapy.

St. Mary's encourages parents to spend the night with their child, so each room contains a comfortable sleep chair, and meals can be provided for mom or dad. Every room can accommodate a crib for very young patients.

St. Mary's also provides the services of the only pediatric surgeon and pediatric trauma specialist between Denver and Salt Lake City. And, the hospital's trauma center is the only emergency care facility on the West Slope recognized for its commitment to quality pediatric care. A hospital social worker is also available to help pediatric patients and their families understand and discuss difficult issues.

Our pediatric unit and patient rooms are decorated in a kid-friendly western Colorado woodland creature theme. And because kids in the hospital need some diversions, each room has a television, video and DVD players, and video games. The unit also includes a well-stocked playroom.

Pediatric Specialty Clinic

St. Mary's Pediatric Specialty Clinic was built with young patients and their families in mind. The clinic brings together a variety of local and visiting pediatric specialists in a kid-friendly setting and is especially convenient for children receiving treatment from more than one specialist and families traveling from elsewhere in western Colorado.

Specialties represented in the pediatric clinic include:

  • Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
    Charles W. Breaux, Jr., MD, FACS
  • Pediatric Cardiology
    James K. Schroeder, MD, FAAP, FACC
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology 

Maternal Fetal Medicine

St. Mary’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with complications of pregnancy; pre-existing medical conditions which may be worsened by pregnancy; and medical conditions which threaten the pregnancy itself.

Staffed by a perinatologist, obstetrics-trained registered nurse, genetic counselor/educator, and ultrasonographer, St. Mary’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine performs complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures during pregnancy to protect mother and baby.

St. Mary’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine treats:
• Chronic renal disease
• Complicated preeclampsia and eclampsia
• Congenital disorders
• Diabetes
• Endocrine diseases
• Gastrointestinal diseases
• Hematological diseases
• Hypertension and cardiac disease
• Incompetent cervix
• Infectious diseases
• Neurological diseases and
• Seizure disorders
• Preterm labor
• Recurrent pregnancy losses
• Significant second or third trimester bleeding