Level 2 will be the new home of Iowa’s only pediatric dialysis center. Level 2 also will have several rooms dedicated to non-oncology infusion. In addition to these treatment rooms, the outpatient retail pharmacy will be located on this level. A nearby suite of offices will provide a central location for families that need to access care coordination or other support services.

Non-oncology Infusion

The non-oncology infusion space will move from the Pediatric Specialty Clinic (PSC). Currently, six rooms in the PSC are used for both non-oncology and oncology infusion. In our new hospital, Level 2 will feature six infusion rooms for non-oncology treatments. Oncology patients will receive treatment on Level 11, which will have nine infusion rooms. Additional space for infusion will make scheduling easier and allow for additional capacity.

Every non-oncology infusion room will be private and utilize doors rather than curtains to separate patients. Five of the six infusion rooms will have windows that overlook the lobby. These let in light and serve as visual distractions for infusion patients.

For added comfort, the rooms will be larger than those in the current PSC. Each will have sufficient space to allow families to relax while their child undergoes treatment. Four rooms will feature patient recliners and two side chairs. Two of the rooms will have stretchers, a recliner, and one side chair.

All rooms will have large flat-screen TVs equipped with Oneview, our interactive education and entertainment system for patients and families. Non-oncology infusion patients will be able to order meals from the galley kitchen through Oneview.

The infusion area is located directly above the Gerdin Family Lobby. This closeness provides quick access for family members who wish to experience the amenities in the main lobby.

A state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning system will enable families to adjust the temperature of each infusion room. Patients and their care team will benefit from a nearby blanket warmer should the child get chilled during treatment. Warming a patient can increase blood flow, making intravenous (IV) insertion easier.

Each room will have a family zone and a care team zone. The care team zone will include a supply cart. Currently, the care team uses supplies from a universal cart at the nurses’ station in the PSC. Each room also will include a small printer for printing out lab stickers/orders. This convenient in-room printer will help ensure accurate matching of the lab printout to the patient without requiring the nurse to leave the patient’s room. The new infusion location should provide more efficient access to medication in the new pediatric pharmacy, too.

To streamline visits, providers often see patients in infusion rooms. (Families may not need to go to the PSC after an infusion visit.) Child life specialists will be available, just as they are now. Non-oncology infusion will operate the same hours it currently does: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking will continue to be validated. Families should park in Ramp 2 for convenient access to the new children’s hospital.

Pediatric Dialysis

Pediatric dialysis will move from its current location in General Hospital. The new location will allow employees and families to be better connected to the rest of the children’s hospital.

Patients will have their own treatment room for enhanced comfort and privacy. Each room will be spacious, making it easier for families to relax together. This will be helpful since families can spend about 12 hours per week at the center. Families will find patient recliners and two side chairs in every room.

Six individual rooms (instead of one room with four dialysis stations) will increase the number of pediatric dialysis patients that can be cared for on a given day. One dialysis room will serve as an isolation room for infectious patients through its use of a negative pressure airflow system. A bathroom close to the treatment rooms will be linked to the nurse call system. This technology will help ease the minds of families and care team members.

Five of the six dialysis rooms will have windows that overlook the lobby. The windows will let in light and serve as distractions. Patients and families will enjoy large flat-screen TVs equipped with Oneview, an interactive education and entertainment system. Pediatric dialysis patients will also be able to order meals from the galley kitchen using Oneview.

Rooms will be quieter, too. The care team won’t need to use large, portable reverse osmosis (RO) machines. Instead, RO equipment will be housed in a separate dedicated room. The climate in the rooms will be more comfortable, too. A state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning system will enable families to adjust the temperature to meet their needs. The addition of a blanket warmer on the unit will help ease chills that can occur during treatment.  

Moving into the new hospital will offer another advantage. Dialysis patients will now be able to work with child life specialists to ease anxiety. Child-friendly décor, such as a fish tank in the family lounge, will make coming to the dialysis center more appealing.

Pediatric dialysis is located one level above the Gerdin Family Lobby. This closeness provides quick access for family members who wish to experience the amenities in the main lobby.

Safety will be enhanced as well. Rapid response teams from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) are one floor away, if needed. The dialysis center also will include a training room designed with input from the care team. It will feature a whiteboard, a computer on wheels, a stretcher, and two side chairs. Patients and families will be able to learn more about home care and treatment in the training room, thereby freeing other rooms for treatment.

Pediatric dialysis will continue to operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking for patients on in-center hemodialysis will continue to be validated 100 percent. Families should park in Ramp 2 for convenient access to the new children’s hospital.

Additional Services

Level 2 also will house many services that currently are spread across UI Hospitals & Clinics. This will allow families to get answers to their critical questions in one place. Representatives of the following departments will have offices on this level:

Continuity of Care—This family-centered service helps pediatric patients and their families who have complex care needs. Organized, comprehensive care coordination and communication is offered to patients receiving care on an inpatient or outpatient basis. This service helps patients and families find answers to their questions and helps them identify and obtain services specific to their needs. Continuity of Care also helps families prepare for a smooth transition back to life at home.

Health Care Benefits Assistance Program (HCBAP)—A representative for the HCBAP program helps families with applications for health care benefit programs.

Office of the Patient Experience—A patient relations specialist assists families with concerns about the health care received at our children’s hospital.

Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care (PPPC)—A representative provides support to patients with serious illnesses and their families. Care is provided in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)—Iowa residents who are pregnant or have a child under age 5, who show nutritional needs, and meet income requirements can be served by WIC.

Outpatient Retail Pharmacy

The outpatient retail pharmacy will be located steps away from the connector on Level 2. Patients leaving the PSC in John Pappajohn Pavilion (JPP) will be able to pick up medications before returning to the parking ramp. This will also be a convenient stopping point for anyone leaving the non-oncology infusion and pediatric dialysis areas. All pharmacists and technicians will be specially trained in pediatrics to meet the unique needs of our patients.

Off-stage Areas

In addition to the public areas, Level 2 will have off-stage (behind-the-scenes) areas for staff. Resident physicians will have access to a lounge, kitchenette, and office located there. There will be a staff lounge and locker room. Patient and service elevators will be located off-stage, as will holding areas for trash, dirty linen, and recycling. An office suite (three offices, reception area, and conference room) will be located next to the connector.

Getting there: Take the public elevators to Level 2; look for the green ear of corn icon. Or, take the stairs across from the Bread Garden Café in the Gerdin Family Lobby. You may also reach Level 2 of our new hospital by walking across the connector near the PSC on Level 2 in JPP.