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PHOTOS: NICU expansion opening with private rooms, nurturing environment

The NICU expansion is part of a larger construction initiative focused on creating a more mother- and family-oriented experience.
A recent expansion project adds 11 private rooms and 13 beds to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Each spacious room will be equipped with a host of new, family-friendly features—including video conferencing technology to connect family members and children.
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A new expansion that will give families and patients greater amenities and space opens this month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

The expansion, slated to open for patients in July, adds 11 private rooms and 13 beds to the NICU. The increased capacity, 62-bed NICU is located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The new private rooms include TVs, refrigerators, a couch that converts into a pull-out bed and dedicated space to accommodate families whose newborn is receiving care in the NICU.

“I think this type of approach lets families be more involved in their child’s care and gives them privacy,” NICU Manager Marla Mills, DNP, RN, CNP. “Parents will feel welcome being here.”

All of the rooms are also equipped with an iPad and video-conferencing capabilities so that parents who are unable to stay in the hospital with their infant can still connect with their baby and health care team. The expanded NICU will also include a comfortable family lounge with computers, Internet access and a kitchenette for convenience. The new addition includes rooms equipped with two NICU beds for families with twins.

Learn more about our NICU video-conferencing capabilities.

The NICU expansion is part of a larger renovation project designed to create a more mother- and family-oriented experience at The Birthplace at University of Minnesota Medical Center. The state-of-the-art upgrades will bring added comfort to our patients and families in the Pregnancy Special Care Unit, Labor and Delivery and the Newborn Family Care Center. When needed, patients will also have access to expert care from a wide spectrum of specialties. Our providers are skilled in the latest non-invasive treatments, innovative birth techniques and life-saving procedures, giving expectant mothers and their families peace of mind and body.

Read more about our significant renovation projects.


The expansion of the NICU coincides with the recent announcement from US News and World Report that the UMMCH neonatology program is the top-ranked program in Minnesota. This gives families greater confidence when choosing to have their baby born at The Birthplace at University of Minnesota Medical Center, and, if needed, accessing additional NICU care University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

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