Parent Blog: Ashley Morarend

Easton Morarend, photo

"Everyone who works at the hospital is very welcoming and helpful. The hospital became my second home during those 64 days and I always felt comfortable and at home being there." Ashley Morarent

Going the extra mile

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital RAGBRAI team is riding their 4th RAGBRAI. They share bike safety messaging in communities throughout the ride. This year, they are sharing rocks painted by patients/families with other riders who can document their rock's journey throughout the week.

Iowa girl thrives after ice-storm birth

Dorotea Orgovani weighed just over a pound when born
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University of Iowa

When Dorotea Orgovanyi was born at 26 weeks gestation in a small Iowa hospital in 2007, an ice storm prevented emergency transportation from moving her to a better-equipped facility. But it didn’t stop two University of Iowa doctors from heeding the call for help.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranks in U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital - Iowa's only nationally ranked children's hospital - is listed among the nation’s best in six specialties, according to the new 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today by U.S. News & World Report.

Micropreemie born at 23 weeks in 2001 graduates high school

Courtney Jackson was born at only 23 weeks in 2001, weighing just over a pound with only about eight teaspoons of blood in her body. Doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. Today, she's a healthy young adult. Video courtesy of the Today Show, NBC.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital joins Injury Free Coalition for Kids

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital joins a group of more than 30 sites across the country committed to using research and education to help prevent injury to children.

Edward Bell receives mentor award from Pediatric Academic Societies

Edward Bell, MD portrait

Edward Bell, MD, a neonatologist at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society of Pediatric Research, following his 40 years in pediatric medicine.

UI study suggests new approach to treating kids with relapsed cancer

Cancer cell

UI researchers led by Miles Pufall, PhD, have identified a new target that may help improve treatment for children with relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer.

Airplane joins AirCare service

Airplane for AirCare, photo
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University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

A sleek, powerful new airplane puts an emergency room in the sky as UI Health Care’s first fixed-wing air ambulance.

The Richard O. Jacobson Foundation gives $4.5 million to improve pediatric specialty care for Iowa’s children

Photo of our pediatric hospital in the fall

A $4.5 million gift from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation will fund two endowed chairs in the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at the Carver College of Medicine, and help expand specialty pediatric services in Des Moines in collaboration with Blank Children's Hospital.

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