• Masks of courage

    Macaulay Townsend with his mask

    Macaulay Townsend came up with “courage masks” to minimize the stress and emotional strain of children throughout their hospital experience.

  • Parent Blog: James Foix

    James Foix in his baby crib

    "To begin to explain everything this hospital has done and continues to do for us, I would end up writing a novel."

  • I spy with my little eye

    I spy with my little eye photo of child watching construction

    The construction crew and Child Life team had a special surprise for patients and visitors at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital this holiday season.

  • Snow ball

    Child attending the Frozen Event

    On Jan. 31, our Child Life staff threw a Snow Ball for our pediatric inpatients and their families. Kids had the chance to participate in a variety of activities, dance, and visit with some very special "Frozen" characters.

  • Looking back, moving forward

    Myat Haggart Family from New York

    For years, Myat Haggart’s parents have been searching for answers. Myat, a 10-year-old living in New York City, has been blind since age 5. He also wears bilateral hearing aids to help with hearing loss and has other health issues.

  • Gentler Method of Dialysis Gives Toddler and Family More Mobility

    Charlie Flemming and his sister

    Gentler method of dialysis gives toddler and family more mobility.

  • Jayden Umthum’s Story

    Jayden Umthum

    Jayden Umthum, the final patient to move into the new hospital on March 25, 2017.

  • Will Kohn

    Will Kohn photo in PICU close up

    Will was diagnosed at 22 months in-utero with HLHS. (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) Since diagnosis Will has had 3 open heart surgeries at UI Stead Family Childrens Hospital and is currently on the heart transplant list.

  • Family Blog: Amy Hartje

    Raylan Wauters photo ratio

    "So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this magnificent gift you've given us."

  • Parent Blog: Gina Ten Pas

    John Ten Pas

    "The care is focused on the individual patient. Never once did I ever feel like a number."