Hayden Despenas

Hayden Despenas portrait

Hayden was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. He wants to help other children with muscular dystrophy by raising money for research. Hayden also serves as an honorary firefighter with the Mason City Fire Department.

Like mother, like daughter

For the first time, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses honor a mother and daughter in the same year.

Inner circle

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital nurses show creativity, collaboration through painting project.

Telemedicine can save time, money for families with children on the autism spectrum

Telemedicine – connecting health care providers and patients via computer or smart phone for diagnosis and treatment.

UI team receives grant from Children’s Tumor Foundation to study rare genetic disorder

University of Iowa scientists will develop a pig model for Neurofibromatosis type 1 to improve understanding of the disease and advance therapy.

University of Iowa Children's Hospital to be renamed University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Naming honors the Steads’ $25 million commitment to further children’s medicine at the University of Iowa

New Ronald McDonald House Family Room planned for University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Helping families experience a “home away from home” just steps from their child’s bed.

Small number of hospitals give seriously pre-term infants a fighting chance at life

UI study finds lifesaving treatment for extremely premature babies varies between hospitals and affects survival rates.

Raise the beam

Thank you for the personal messages that will forever be part of the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

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