Good Samaritan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Good Samaritan Medical Center
Architectural Design
Lafayette, CO
Project type
Renovation and Addition

Family-centered care for the most fragile patients

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC) offers the highest quality of care to the most fragile babies born there. When GSMC was experiencing an increase in the number of newborns needing critical care, the hospital not only needed more room for the NICU but also wanted to create a better experience for families and staff. This resulted in a family-centered unit promoting privacy, bonding, and caring for infants in single-family rooms 24/7. In this environment, the parents can be more involved in the baby’s care with constant support from the expert NICU staff.

The 12 single-family private rooms and two private rooms for twins are equipped with the latest technology. Natural light in all rooms and a circadian rhythm light system allow the maximum support for the babies’ wake and sleep cycles. All rooms are visible from a nursing station for direct visualization of the patients. A family kitchen/nutrition area and lounge are located directly on the unit, allowing the family to be adjacent for nurturing babies while affording them the privacy they need for respite.

This environment allows our new families, our new parents, to build some confidence in caring for their little ones as well as learn how to care for their needs.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Toni Green-Cheatwood

Supporting interdisciplinary care

Having a baby in the NICU can be stressful. A space that is conducive to excellent, interdisciplinary care that keeps the neonate at the center of all they do helps promotes healing and engages the family in a partnership during their entire stay. Here, healing can happen faster, and families can go home sooner.


  • 2022 Award of Merit Health Care, ENR Mountain States Best Projects

Project contacts

Steve Carr

Senior Planner

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