Nationally recognized as an approved National Pancreas Foundation Center

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UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is nationally recognized as an approved NPF Center—one of only 11 official pediatric centers in the country. An approved NPF Center has expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient-focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support, and more. NPF support helps promote research and education for children and adults diagnosed with pancreatitis.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital awarded gold Beacon Award for Excellence

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

UI part of seven-site research network for Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

The University of Iowa is one of just seven academic medical centers in the country included in a $700,000 grant to develop a clinical research network studying a specific rare type of muscular dystrophy.

Parent Blog: Andrea and Zac Smith

Charlotte Smith portrait

From the minute he arrived, he was so impressed with Iowa City and how they handled the situation and continued to keep us updated with Charlotte’s progress.

Giving Kiersten hip care to keep an active life

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“I told Dr. Willey I had a goal to get back to dance, do track, and play softball. He was great to me. He told me if I followed his orders, I would get back and do those.”

Families in central Iowa now have access to pediatric kidney care close to home

UnityPoint Health® – Blank Children’s Hospital and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital have collaborated on providing full-time pediatric nephrology (kidney) care in Des Moines.

Helmet helps Riverside teen avoid serious injury when bike collides with truck

Cyclist wearing a helmet

An avid mountain biker, Elisha sensed instantly that his brakes weren’t going to stop his momentum in time. Impact came seconds later.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranks in U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals

For the tenth consecutive year, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, and the only one in Iowa nationally ranked for pediatric care, for 2018-19. The hospital ranked nationally in pediatric cancer, neonatology, pediatric nephrology, and pediatric orthopedics.

Celebrating 20 years

Patient room

Established in 1998, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Family Advisory Council (FAC) have made a significant impact on UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Sugar in sports drinks

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Skipping the soda and reaching for popular sports drinks may seem like a healthy choice, but most sports drinks are only slightly better than soda in terms of sugar and calories.

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