Building Update

Building Elevated View

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is designed as a healing environment that improves the health and well-being of children and their families. Plans include expanding existing programs and developing new services on-site and throughout Iowa to meet the current and future needs of Iowa’s children.

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Change of date for move-in/opening of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

UI Stead Family Children's Hospital will open early 2017.

Meet Kid Captain Hayden Despenas

Hayden was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. He wants to help other children with muscular dystrophy by raising money for research. Hayden also serves as an honorary firefighter with the Mason City Fire Department.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

For the first time, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses honor a mother and daughter in the same year.

Iowa's Only Nationally Ranked Children's Hospital in 2016-2017

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in eight specialties in the new 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.