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New children’s hospital puts kids first, second and third.

It’s been in the works since before many of its patients were born, but the new, state-of- the-art University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has finally opened its doors to the public.

After digging through a nearby sandbox, our investigative team uncovered previously unseen documents revealing many details of what is now the tallest building in Iowa City.

Here’s what we know:

Ground was first broken on the new hospital in the fall of 2012, and it officially opened to the public on February 25, 2017 at a cost of approximately $360 million, or 1.44 billion gumballs.

Designed from the playground up to cater to the needs of children and their families, the hospital features all private rooms with enough space for parents and siblings to comfortably stay. This includes space for two adults to sleep and homey comforts. Each room even includes “Drew’s Lamp,” allowing kids to change the color of the lights on the wall so they can make their room match their own unique style.

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