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Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
North Suburban Medical Center
Rose Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
The Medical Center of Aurora
Swedish Medical Center
A Note from Dr. Washington
Dear Parents and Friends:
Many people in our community may not
be aware of the broad range of pediatric
services HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain
Hospital for Children provides: from
prenatal care for some of the sickest
babies even before they are born, to the
accidents and injuries typical of teens
involved with competitive and
recreational sports.
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s
family of hospitals has the state’s largest
number of neonatal intensive care beds
— 161 — and cares for more premature
or ill newborns than any system in the
state. Additionally, through the Rocky
Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
(RMCHF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Cover and Page 3
photos are from Rocky
Mountain Hospital for
Children’s Pediatric
Hematology Oncology’s
Celebration of Life event
on September 24. This fun
event united families and
their RMHC caregivers in
honor and support of these
incredible young cancer
fighters. On the cover:
Cancer survivor Scotty
Brown and his sister
Maylin tell knock-knock
jokes to the audience. On
Page 3, clockwise from
top left: Yesbi TapiaGuerra, Jaqueline
Sihombing, Natalie Paul,
Allison Carr, young cancer
survivors group shot, Mia
Egger, Keller Buffkin and
Klaus Heiman.
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organization, we operate one of only
10 Mother’s Milk Banks in the U.S.
Because we care for many children
whose families have limited resources,
the uncompensated care we provide is
identical to that of other children’s
hospitals throughout the country. Also,
the RMCHF helps families in need whose
children are receiving treatment within
HealthONE’s pediatric system of care.
With a full complement of pediatric
specialists, outreach into communities
outside our urban area, specialized
neonatal intensive care unit and highrisk obstetrical transport teams through
AirLife, Rocky Mountain Hospital for
Children provides parents a high-quality
Reginald Washington,
Chief Medical Officer
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
choice for children’s health in a personalized, patient-focused environment,
regardless of their ability to pay.
We hope you enjoy the articles in this
edition of Rocky Mountain Kids. They
range from heartwarming stories from
grateful parents to useful information on
keeping your children safe during winter
sports season.
On behalf of all of us at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, we wish your
family health and happiness during 2012.
Kids’ Craft Corner
Snowman on a Stick from Family Fun Magazine
These banana-based snowmen are decidedly more
tropical than the frosty variety, and kids can assemble
their own if you prepare the fruit for them.
Rocky Mountain Kids
• Bananas
• Grapes
• Carrot
• Apple
• Bamboo skewers
• Mini chocolate chips
• Pretzel sticks
1. For each snowman, you will need three
thick slices of banana, a grape, a sliver
of carrot and a triangular piece of apple.
Tip: Poke a hole in the apple piece with a
bamboo skewer first to make assembly easier.
2. Have your kids slide the fruit onto the
skewer, then use the carrot slivers for noses,
mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons
and pretzel sticks for arms.
celebration of
It’s a Celebration of Life for young cancer survivors
It was hard to choose what to do next at Rocky Mountain
Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology’s
Celebration of Life event on September 24. There were all sorts
of activities and entertainment for the 150 patients, siblings,
parents and staff who attended.
“We worked on the idea that laughter is the best medicine,”
says Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program Coordinator Shay
Martin, RN, CPON. So, the photo booth and “Minute to Win It”
games, balloon artists, face painting and magicians were all
geared for maximum laughter. It was very effective.
The Heiman family wrote to say thanks: “We had so much fun
at the Celebration of Life! ... Thank you so much for the laughs,
heart and soul and the opportunities to meet other families.”
One of the best activities was creating a Chain of Life. Each
link from a patient, parent, sibling or caregiver was a different
color and was a graphic demonstration of the support survivors
need along their journey to good health. According to Martin,
“Survivorship begins at the moment of diagnosis.”
“For those of us who work in pediatric oncology, the Celebration is the exclamation mark on why we do what we do. It helps us
to keep on doing it,” says Julie Zimbelman, MD, who specializes
in pediatric hematology-oncology. “The day is reflective of the
entire RMHC community coming together to celebrate these
remarkable young people and their family and friends.”
“I think Dr. Julie mentioned that parents often don’t like to go
to this event, and I used to be one of them, because it brings up
some very painful memories. But now that I went, I’m so glad I
did,” writes parent Carol Carr in a thank-you note.
“RMPHO really knows how to rock,” summed up the
Heiman family.
Carter’s story
Expert, Compassionate Care
Helps Baby Thrive
ewlyweds Amanda and James Clem
were excited about their first baby. So
Amanda says it was very scary when
they learned at 18 weeks that their baby
was not developing normally.
Carter — now a happy seven-monthold who eats, rolls and sits as well as any child his age
— was diagnosed with gastroschisis,
a condition in which the intestines
develop outside the body.
Amanda’s OB/GYN, Irene
Sokowlowski, MD, referred her
to Amy Adelberg, MD, a
perinatologist practicing at
Rocky Mountain Hospital for
Children at Presbyterian/St.
Luke’s Medical Center.
Drs. Sokowlowski and
Adelberg worked closely as
a team caring for Carter and
Amanda up until the time of his birth.
Richard Porreco, MD, perinatologist and
medical director of maternal-fetal medicine at RMHC at
P/SL, delivered Carter by caesarean section five weeks
early. Carter was then cared for at RMHC at P/SL’s
state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the
largest in the region, after his birth.
He needed multiple surgeries in his first two months of
life. RMHC pediatric surgeon Saundra Kay, MD, performed
five abdominal wall surgeries in total to ensure he would
have the best chance of eating and developing normally.
“Today, he eats three meals a day. He drinks normal
formula, and we’re excited to start him on finger foods
soon,” Amanda says. “We were impressed by Dr. Kay’s
expertise and individual care. She genuinely cared about
Carter and was always available to answer our questions.”
A Wealth of Skill and Support
While the experience was trying, Amanda and James
were surrounded by support from both family and RMHC
staff. “It didn’t feel like strangers dealing with our baby.
The staff worked so well together and was so welcoming.
Our experience wouldn’t have been as smooth without the
help of all the staff — from the pediatric surgeon to the
NICU receptionist,” Amanda says. “Everyone was extremely
knowledgeable, duty-oriented and professional, but also
very compassionate. They really connected to Carter and
cared about his well-being.”
“It meant a lot to know the
experts at Rocky Mountain
Hospital for Children cared
so much.” —Amanda Clem, Carter’s mom
“I Knew Carter Was Safe”
Amanda and James call Carter their little champ, and a
real miracle. But they will never forget the first time they
saw him lying on his warming pad in the NICU. “He was so
delicate,” remembers Amanda. “With all the IVs and tubes,
it seemed there was more medical equipment than baby.”
In those first moments of Carter’s life, the NICU nurses
gave Amanda and James confidence that he was in the best
of hands. “I felt safe with them, and I knew Carter was safe
with them. That made all the difference.
“They validated our feelings by including us in
discussions about Carter and took the time to answer all our
questions, even if we asked them
more than once,” Amanda adds.
“Everyone we met seemed
ready to share a smile.
Sometimes that’s all we
needed to feel better.”
Meet the Physicians
Amy Adelberg, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
Saundra Kay, MD, is board certified in pediatric and general surgery.
Richard Porreco, MD, is board certified in genetics, maternal-fetal
medicine and obstetrics and gynecology.
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Rocky Mountain Kids
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
of a Young Choking Victim
As curious young children explore their environment, they put food and
other objects in their mouths that can stick in their throats. Choking sends
thousands of infants and toddlers to emergency rooms each year.
Three-year-old Jamal Tanner is one of them.
On October 22, Jamal was playing with his friends
when he put a small rubber ball in his mouth and
started choking. Jamal’s mother, Monte, and her
boyfriend quickly called 911 for help. Dispatch operator
Reba Rose kept them calm and gave step-by-step
emergency instructions on what to do. Unfortunately,
Jamal’s airway was blocked and the little boy lost
When firefighters and paramedics arrived, Jamal
was in full cardiac arrest, he was not breathing and
had no pulse. First responder and Denver firefighter
Lacy Harmony was able to dislodge the ball from
Jamal’s throat, but the boy still wasn’t breathing. He
was rushed to the Emergency Department at Rocky
Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St.
Luke’s Medical Center, where he was treated by ER
physicians, including Katrina Iverson, MD.
For days, doctors weren’t sure whether Jamal had
suffered brain damage, or what the outcome for the
young boy would be. He would spend the next 10
days in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
Thanks to the quick response and expert care from
the dispatcher, firefighters, paramedics and ER staff,
Jamal made a full recovery and left the hospital on
November 5. He’s now back to running around and
playing with his friends.
On November 9, Jamal and his mother returned to
RMHC at P/SL to thank the paramedics, firefighters,
the 911 operator and the ER physicians who helped
save his life that day.
You can help prevent your child from choking with
these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
• Monitor mealtimes. Food is the most common cause
of choking in small children. Before age 4, children
aren’t able to grind their food into small pieces. Protect
your child by creating a safe eating environment. Don’t
allow children younger than 4 to have these foods:
 Hot dogs
 Nuts and seeds
 Chunks of peanut butter
 Chunks of meat or cheese
 Popcorn, pretzels, potato chips, corn chips or similar snack foods
 Hard, gooey or sticky candy
 Whole grapes
 Raisins
 Raw vegetables, especially hard ones
 Chewing gum
• Keep small objects out of little hands. Make sure
small household items and toys with small removable
parts are out of toddlers’ reach. Be sure to remove
common offenders, such as balloons, coins, marbles,
tiny balls, pen caps, button-type batteries and pins.
It’s Snow Fun!
Winter Sports Season
When the thermometer drops, winter sports beckon. But with
these activities come opportunities for injury. Take steps to keep
kids safe on the slopes, ice or anywhere else their cold-weather
adventures take them.
Snow sports make winter truly fun. Just
remember that sports like snowboarding
and skiing require preparation, safety
measures and skills. To make sure
your kids are prepared when the first
snowflakes fall:
• Strap on a helmet. Kids should wear
a helmet made for the sport they’re
participating in, such as those for skiing,
snowboarding and snowmobiling. Make
sure the helmet has a certification label
that shows it has been tested for safety.
The front should rest just above the
eyebrows. Pads should be flush against
the cheeks and forehead. The back
shouldn’t touch the nape of the neck.
With the chin strap fastened, the helmet
should feel snug and comfortable. Lead
by example and wear a helmet yourself.
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Rocky Mountain Kids
• Shape up. Help kids condition before
the season starts, paying special
attention to leg, knee and back
strength. “Skiing and snowboarding are
excellent ways for children to remain
physically active in the winter. Both
require the use of core strength and
engage muscle groups that may not be
trained during the off season,” says
Kimberly Brooke Pengel, MD, medical
director of the Rocky Mountain Youth
Sports Medicine Institute. “Prior to
hitting the slopes, consider a training
program to prepare your young skier or
snowboarder. Allow the child to
acclimate to the activity, as winter
sports are physically demanding and
children may fatigue easily at the
beginning of the season.”
• Sign them up. Kids should take
lessons, especially for skiing or
snowboarding. Trained instructors can
teach proper form and how to fall safely.
• Get the right gear. Ensure boards,
skates, bindings and other equipment are
in working order and fit properly. You can
have equipment adjusted at most sports
stores or on the slopes at rental shops.
Don’t forget helmets, face guards,
goggles, gloves, padding, wrist guards
and other protective pieces.
• Dress them well. This includes gloves,
hats, waterproof jackets and pants, long
underwear and sweaters. Layer clothes
so kids can add or remove a layer as they
warm up or cool down. Choose bright
clothing other people can see. And don’t
forget the sunscreen — the sun’s rays are
more powerful at higher elevations.
• Let them act their age. A certain level
of coordination ability and muscular
strength is needed to ski and snowboard,
and most resorts set minimum age limits
for kids to participate. Ask your doctor if
your child is the right age to begin a snow
sport, and check if your resort has any age
restrictions. For snowmobiling, never
allow a child younger than 6 to ride, and
no one younger than 16 to drive.
of the Slope
1. Always stay in control and be able to
stop or avoid objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of
way; it’s your responsibility to avoid them.
3. Don’t stop where you obstruct the trail
or aren’t visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging
into a trail, yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent
runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted warning signs.
7. Keep off closed trails and out of
closed areas.
8. Before using any lift, be sure you know
how to load, ride and unload safely.
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Female Athletes: Learn the Score
Today, more females than ever are participating in a wide variety of sports. This
participation can lead to a healthy, life-long enjoyment of sports and exercise. However,
adolescent females are at higher risk for certain injuries than their male counterparts.
ACL: The Ligament At Risk
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a
tough band of tissue that runs through the
center of the knee. It helps to stabilize the
femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone).
“The ACL is important to maintaining a
stable knee in activities and sports that
require quick changes in direction, such as
soccer, basketball, volleyball and football,”
says John Polousky, MD, orthopedic
surgeon with the Rocky Mountain Youth
Sports Medicine Institute at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/
St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Females are at four to six times greater
risk than males of injuring their ACLs
during sports. “The exact reasons for this
increased risk are yet to be fully understood, but differences in muscle firing,
hormones and anatomy have been suggested,” says Dr. Polousky.
Basketball: Tough on
2006–2007 high school seasons. The study
demonstrated more than 400,000 injuries
requiring time off from the game during
those two seasons.
Protect Your Knees
“Although it is not possible to prevent all
ACL injuries, several studies have demonstrated that strength and plyometric (jump)
training can decrease the risk for injury,”
Dr. Polousky says. This training involves
strengthening and retraining the leg
muscles to land properly. Many girls tend to
land from jumping with their knees moving
inward, placing the ACL at greater risk for
injury. Training females to land with their
knees outward is thought to reduce the rate
of injury to the ACL.
John Polousky, MD, is a member of
ROCK (Research of OsteoChondritis
dissecans of the Knee), an international
research group comprised of pediatric sports
medicine experts from the U.S. and Canada
dedicated to the study of osteochondritis
dissecans. While the primary focus of the
ROCK group is multicenter research on
pediatric cartilage disease, the membership
of the group represents leaders in pediatric
sports medicine and sports-related injuries in
North America. ROCK members are committed to the advancement of pediatric and
adolescent sports medicine as a subspecialty
through clinical care, education and research.
The Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine
Institute is a center of excellence for pediatric
and adolescent sports injuries within the
ROCK network.
When Injuries Happen The Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine
Institute team treats injuries in kids of all ages. Visit
to meet our nationally known team, learn about the conditions we treat and more!
Although many people think of football as
a sport with high risk for injury, athletes
are at risk in other sports as well. Nearly
1 million boys and girls play high school
basketball every year in the U.S. A study in
the American Journal of Sports Medicine
looked at injuries over the 2005–2006 and
What Is the ACL?
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is in the middle of
the knee. It prevents the shin bone from sliding out in
front of the thigh bone. An ACL injury can occur if you:
• Get hit very hard on the side of your knee
• Overextend the knee joint
• Quickly stop moving and change direction while
running, landing from a jump or turning
Basketball, football, soccer and skiing are common
sports linked to ACL tears.
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Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Joshua's story
AirLife Teams
Offer Calm in Tough Times
oshua Conover is a little fighter, say proud
parents James and Kelly. But without Rocky
Mountain Hospital for Children, where he was
born May 27, Joshua might not be thriving
today. Kelly’s pregnancy was high-risk, due to
preeclampsia — a condition involving high blood
pressure during pregnancy. A prenatal care visit at Sky Ridge
Medical Center also uncovered that she had HELLP syndrome, a condition with dangerous symptoms including poor
liver function. Joshua was delivered by emergency cesarean
section at Sky Ridge to save both their lives.
Lifesaving Surgery
Joshua was born eight weeks early, which meant he would
need to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) until
he grew strong. A NICU is where newborns with special
needs receive around-the-clock medical attention to help
them survive.
One night, as Joshua cried, doctors discovered a
painful and life-threatening condition known as necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. Joshua was transferred by
AirLife ground transport to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
Medical Center, where surgeons removed 22 centimeters
of his small intestine. Kelly and James frequently drove
the two-hour round trip from their home in Castle Rock to
be at their son’s side.
In spite of post-surgery challenges, Joshua left the hospital
without the feeding tubes many children require. “He’s
exceeded everyone’s expectations except mine,” says proud
dad James. “With the help of the RMHC doctors and nurses,
I knew he’d pull through.”
Caring Connection
The Conovers remember Joshua’s caregivers with deep
gratitude for their compassion and skill — including their
social worker. “I’d never met with a social worker before,
but she found us a place to stay during Joshua’s
surgeries,” says James. “That helped immensely.”
Kelly adds that all of Joshua’s nurses exhibited a
dedication beyond anything she had ever imagined. “They
were so good at explaining things to us. To be there when
the parents can’t, to give kids the attention they need —
they are truly amazing,” she says. “I wish I could name
them all! But we do have a special place in our hearts for
Eugene, Joshua’s primary nurse at P/SL.” Months later, the
Conovers still call him “Uncle Eugene.”
And James still corresponds with AirLife nurse Karen
Schneider, RN. “Karen found me nervously walking the halls
one day and gave me a tour of the helicopter. It helped get my
mind off what was happening,” James says. “I seemed to
“I am thankful every day for the
excellent care that I had hoped we
wouldn’t need, but was so grateful for
when we did.” —James Conover, Joshua's dad
gravitate toward people with the AirLife insignia, as it let me
know we had the right people around us.”
James concludes that he will be forever grateful to both
the AirLife and RMHC teams. “I am thankful every day for
the excellent care that I had hoped we wouldn’t need, but
was so grateful for when we did.”
AirLife is the emergency medical/critical care transport service of the HealthONE
system of hospitals, providing air and ground critical care transport for both adult and
pediatric medical/trauma patients. Visit to meet our
specialty teams, learn about our aircraft and vehicles, view our service area and more.
Moving Mountains
for Children and Families in Need
he Rocky Mountain Children‘s Health Nurturing Babies in Need
Foundation in Denver carries out a broad The Mother’s Milk Bank is another important program
mission to make sure that no family that helps fulfill the Foundation’s mission. The bank
struggles or feels alone when a child is accepts human milk donations. For 25 years, it has
sick. “The purpose of our Foundation is to provided this vital nutrient to babies born prematurely
make a difference in the lives of families and other babies in need all across the country. It’s
whose children are receiving treatment within one of only 10 nonprofit milk banks in the U.S.
HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
“Premature babies and newborns need human milk
system of pediatric care,” explains Luanne Williams, to prevent illness and to actually save their lives in a lot
the Foundation’s executive director.
of cases,” says Laraine Lockhart-Borman, manager of
The Foundation aims to make sure children are as the Mother’s Milk Bank. “Many mothers are already
comfortable as possible during treatment, and to pumping milk and storing it for their own baby and
limit the sacrifices a
never end up using it.”
family has to make in
They often throw it away,
You Can Make a Difference
order to ensure that a
she says, simply because
child receives necessary Donating to the Foundation means helping to provide they don’t know about
care. “We do not provide
the milk bank and the
comfort for children and their families at a time when
bricks or mortar or raise
enormous impact donor
money to buy equipment even the smallest gestures have an enormous impact. human milk can have on
Please visit to donate
for the hospital,” she
a newborn.
says. “We’re here to
online, or call Luanne Williams, executive director of
“We’re trying to really
support patients and
the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation,
their families.”
at 303-839-6829.
donor milk,” says Jeffrey
Helping Families Thrive
Hanson, MD, director of the neonatal intensive care
The Foundation helps families in numerous ways. It unit at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at
could mean paying for gas to travel to and from the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. Human milk
hospital, providing a safe car seat for families who can’t can help struggling babies thrive and enjoy better
afford one, offering an overnight bag with all the health throughout their lives.
essentials for an unexpected hospital stay or even
helping out with house payments when parents lose Helping Hands
their jobs because they must spend time caring for a Fears, frustrations and caretaking demands can oversick child. The Foundation also covers the cost of some whelm a family caring for a sick child. That’s why Rocky
training and education for nurses so RMHC patients Mountain Hospital for Children, Rocky Mountain Chilreceive the very best care.
dren’s Health Foundation and the Mother’s Milk Bank
The Foundation funds fun activities, too. It partici- work together to create a network of assistance for
pates in NICU reunions, survivor parties and holiday families and children, whatever their needs may be.
events for children who are now enjoying healthy, This support can help families meet challenges headhappy childhoods after spending time in the hospital’s on and help lead kids on the path to healthy and proneonatal intensive care, oncology or pediatric units.
ductive lives.
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Gives Babies a
Healthier Start
“The balanced
composition of human
milk is instrumental in
protecting newborns’
health.” ­—Jeffrey Hanson, MD,
NICU director at RMHC at P/SL
The Mother’s Milk Bank, a program
of the Rocky Mountain Children‘s
Health Foundation, wants all
newborns to grow into healthy,
happy babies. But for too many
infants in need, human milk is in
short supply.
“The balanced composition of
human milk is instrumental in
protecting newborns’ health,” says
Jeffrey Hanson, MD, director of the
neonatal intensive care unit at Rocky
Mountain Hospital for Children at
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical
Center. “There’s evidence that babies
who are breastfed have fewer problems
later in life with diabetes and obesity.
Some evidence also indicates that
breastfed babies and toddlers may
have fewer respiratory infections.”
“It can mean a lifetime of good
health for a child when a mother
breastfeeds,” explains Laraine
Lockhart-Borman, manager of the
Mother’s Milk Bank. “There are
mothers out there who never make
any milk or who have health issues
that prevent them from providing
milk for their babies.”
To help with this growing need,
the milk bank is launching a
campaign to increase donations.
The goal is to double the number of
donors and increase the supply of
donor human milk. Right
now, the milk bank has
fewer than 100 donors
per month.
ounce of donated
Women who want to
milk can feed a
donate will be screened
premature baby
for approval. Donors are
for an entire
typically asked to donate
at least 150 ounces of milk,
which is then thoroughly
pasteurized for safety.
Pump and Donate: You Could Save a Life
Call 877-458-5503 to learn how you can make a donation to the Mother’s Milk Bank. Visit to
get the facts on giving or receiving a donation, the value and safety of donated milk, frequently asked questions and more.
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Emergency Care Just for Kids, Close to Home
As a parent, you never want your child
to have a medical emergency. But if the
unthinkable does happen, you can rest
assured that expert care is just around
the corner.
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
delivers high-quality pediatric emergency
services at seven locations throughout the
region. Each emergency department is
staffed with board certified pediatric
emergency physicians — doctors who
specialize in treating medical emergencies
in infants, children, teens and young adults.
We know that kids are unpredictable,
and not all emergencies happen during
regular hours. That’s why the emergency
departments at two RMHC locations —
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
at 19th Avenue and High Street in Denver
and Sky Ridge Medical Center at I-25 and
Lincoln in Lone Tree — are open 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, every day of the
year. That means you and your child have
direct and immediate access to experts in
every pediatric subspecialty should an
emergency arise.
For all your kids’ health care needs … RMHC is now part of all HealthONE
hospitals providing you with the long-standing commitment to quality and
safe care for children. Wherever the RMHC name is attached to the local
hospital’s pediatric service, children and parents can count on the same
level of clinical and service excellence you’ve come to know and deserve!
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RMHC Emergency Locations
St. Luke’s Medical Center
19th Avenue and High Street
Denver, CO 80218
ER: 720-754-4115
 Open 24/7
The Medical Center of Aurora
Potomac and Mississippi
Aurora, CO 80012
ER: 303-695-2780
North Suburban Medical Center
Grant and Thornton Parkway
Thornton, CO 80229
ER: 303-450-4519
Rose Medical Center
9th and Clermont
Denver, CO 80220
ER: 303-320-2455
Sky Ridge Medical Center
I-25 and Lincoln
Lone Tree, CO 80124
ER: 720-225-1900
 Open 24/7
Swedish Medical Center
Hampden and Logan
(three blocks east of
Englewood, CO 80113
ER: 303-788-6911
Swedish SW ER
Wadsworth and Bowles
Littleton, CO 80123
at two RMH
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