building connectorsThe new children’s hospital and John Pappajohn Pavilion (JPP) are connected on seven levels. This design element will make safe and convenient travel between the two buildings possible.

The connectors on Levels 1 and 2 will be open to the public. Connectors on other levels will be reserved for faculty and staff and for transporting patients and materials. Access to the connectors on patient care floors may be restricted to employees working on those floors within the new children’s hospital. For example, the connector on Level 5 will be restricted to those working in or supporting perioperative services.

All of the connectors will keep pedestrians warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and dry year-round. They also will offer quick and convenient access between buildings. The distance between the new children’s hospital and UI Hospitals and Clinics is only 42 feet via the connectors. This will reduce travel time, increasing efficiency.

On Level 1, a connector will link JPP near Elevator I to the lobby of the new children’s hospital. Large windows in the connector will let in natural light. The connector also will feature a mini-museum. Photos, graphics, and objects will tell the history of the children’s hospital since it was founded in 1919. After entering the new children’s hospital from the connector, families will turn right to reach the information desk and elevators.

From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the entrance to the new children’s hospital at the end of the connector will be closed to the public. Families will still be able to reach the lobby of the new children’s hospital without going outside. To do so, they will veer right near the end of the connector and follow a glass-enclosed walkway to the main entrance, directly in front of the valet parking drop-off. The main entrance of the new children’s hospital will be open 24/7, and families will need to check in with security at the information desk during overnight hours.

A connector on Level 2 will link the new entrance of the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in JPP with the retail pharmacy on Level 2 of the children’s hospital. This bridge will be open to the public from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. When it is not open to the public (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.), hospital employees will be able to access it using their ID badges.

As part of the construction process, additional space was added in JPP on Levels 3 through 6 adjacent to the connectors. The construction will enable the hospital to expand available space for adult and pediatric services. For example, on Level 6, the new space will allow for construction of three additional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) rooms.

Here’s a breakdown of the connectors available only to faculty and employees; ID badges are required for access.

Lower Level 1—Connector from staff (off-stage) areas in JPP to off-stage areas in the new children’s hospital. Open to all employees.

Level 3—Connector from area near the Chronic Pain and Breast Imaging Center in JPP to the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PCICU/PICU) in the new children’s hospital. To be used primarily by employees working in the PCICU/PICU.

Level 4—Connector from area near the Heart and Vascular Center in JPP to off-stage areas on the surgery support level in the new children’s hospital. Open to all employees.

Level 5—Connector between the main operating room and two new pediatric catheterization labs in JPP and a corridor near operating rooms in the new children’s hospital. Restricted to employees working in or supporting perioperative services.

Level 6—Connector between the NICU in JPP and the NICU in the new children’s hospital. Restricted to employees working in the NICU.