Medically Complex Program

LifeScape offers a unique pediatric unit, providing 24-hour specialized care to infants, children, and teens who have complex medical needs. These can be the result of chronic illness, disabilities, hospitalization, or complex surgeries. Our high nurse-to-patient ratio and on-site therapy team ensure your child always has a high level of attention and loving care.

Each patient in our program has a multidisciplinary team which may include:

  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric Specialists (depending upon need)
  • Pediatric nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Dietician
  • Social worker
  • Equipment clinicians
  • Educators
  • Clinic psychologists (depending upon need)

Medically Complex Care - Who We Serve


Our team is experienced in working with complex medical issues, including complications of premature birth. As children reach their health goals, we support them by coordinating with outpatient or community services for a smooth transition to home.

Respiratory Support & Ventilator Weaning

On-site respiratory therapists help children and young adults with complex respiratory needs, tracheostomies, and ventilators 24 hours a day. Pediatricians and pulmonologists who treat children in the inpatient programs provide expert oversight of care plans.

Our therapists work alongside our in-house equipment provider to adapt medical equipment to increase mobility and help children safely access their world and meet developmental

IV Therapy

We administer and monitor IV fluids, medications, and nutrition.

Palliative Care

Our medical care team is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Family Involvement

We encourage family involvement while a child is a patient in our care. A family apartment is also available on-site to accommodate two or more family members. Our family room is available to patients and their families to relax and spend time together.


Our Medically Complex Program is conveniently located inside Children’s Specialty Hospital at LifeScape in Sioux Falls.

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Learn more about how we can help your child by calling us at 605-444-9556. Or, fill out a short form with your information and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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