Our CEO shares this letter with patients and their families on how we're committed to safety. UI Stead Family Children's Hospital remains a safe place for care through a window replacement project on a section of our building.

To our patients and your families: 

We at University of Iowa Health Care are committed to protecting the safety of our patients and staff. That’s why we are planning a window replacement project to upgrade the windows on two floors of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and its connector bridge to the adult hospital. 

During regular monitoring of our facilities, we identified some window types that are not performing to industry standards. No patient rooms are affected and no injuries have occurred as a result of these windows. Nevertheless, we have installed protective film on these windows and, out of an abundance of caution, we have closed some nearby outdoor areas, such as the playground. With the precautionary actions we have implemented, we have validated the building is safe for continued use and the windows do not pose any risk for our patients and staff. 

We will continue to proactively monitor all our facilities, and we will do what is necessary to keep patients, families and visitors safe until the windows can be replaced. We are committed to ensuring the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital remains the best place for you and your loved ones to receive outstanding care. 

As always, thank you for trusting us with your care. 

Suresh Gunasekaran, portrait

Suresh Gunasekaran 
Chief Executive Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 
Associate Vice President, University of Iowa Health Care