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Avera McKennan Receives National Marrow Donor Program Approval

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) has approved Avera McKennan as an Apheresis Collection Center. Avera McKennan is honored to be the only approved center in South Dakota.

This prestigious approval allows donors that are registered with the NMDP to donate their peripheral blood stem cells at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Previously, donors would have to travel to St. Paul, MN, or Omaha, NE, in order to donate. Donated stem cells are used for patients undergoing peripheral blood stem cell transplant.

Donate Life America

In celebration of National Donate Life Month, Donate Life America (DLA) launches a new national Web site,, focusing on providing quick and easy access to state donor registries. The site features a new interactive map of the United States that links directly to state donor registration pages.

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News & Awards

We are proud of the local and national recognition our transplant programs receive. Here you can learn about the latest Avera Transplant Institute news, accreditations and awards.

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