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Welcome to the NICU

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The NICU at Avera McKennan offers individualized care for newborns who are born premature or with health issues that need increased attention. Our 42-bed level IIIB NICU uses the latest technology to ensure our tiniest patients are getting the best possible care in a quiet environment to promote healing. This newly renovated state-of-the-art space is designed so physicians and nursing staff are always nearby to monitor the baby's progress while also giving families privacy.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call 605-322-4425.

The Best Infant Care

Our NICU participates in the Vermont Oxford Database which provides benchmarking data for quality of care issues including outcomes, length of stay and rate of complications. Our outcomes in all categories are excellent, with a length of stay much shorter than the national average.

NICU Family Support Program®

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center is proud to be chosen by the March of Dimes to implement NICU Family Support®.

The March of Dimes NICU Family Support® provides information and comfort to families of premature babies and other critically ill newborns being cared for in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While Avera already provides the best technological care possible, this program allows us to offer even better and important emotional support to families during a difficult time. Learn More »


Our Team of Specialists

Our highly trained NICU staff and integrated team of specialists are prepared to care for high-risk infants.

  • Six fellowship trained neonatologists
  • 20 pediatric sub specialists
  • Nine Neonatal nurse practitioners specially trained and educated for NICU care
  • Physical, respiratory, occupational and speech therapists
  • Neonatal nutrition support specialist
  • Lactation consultants
  • Social services and case management experts


Technology Assisting Care

The latest technology allows our experts to better care for high-risk infants in a comfortable setting.

  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Imaging technology
  • eNICU
  • Total body coolers
  • New radiant warmers, omni beds and isolettes
  • Bedside laboratory testing
  • Neonatal surgery
  • State of the art ventilation
  • Neonatal transport via helicopter, fixed wing aircraft and ground vehicles

Family Centered

Family Centered Care

We are proud to be a family-centered care NICU. We provide a family-friendly environment where parents and siblings are welcome to visit.

  • Computers are available on both floors for family use.
  • The Mothers Nest provides a home-like area for moms to stay with their babies in the NICU.
  • We place a strong emphasis on breastfeeding. Our number of NICU graduates breastfeeding at discharge is 90%.
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