Nothing is more exciting than opening a present, and kids across Iowa and beyond unwrapped a giant one on February 25 when the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital officially opened. Now kids from all over can get the most advanced care in a hospital built just for them.

The gargantuan gift is Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital and brings experts from every pediatric specialty together under one roof. It features all private rooms, a children’s theater, and a library, though most kids already knew that because they carefully peeked through the giftwrap when no one was looking. The new hospital will provide care for kids of all ages, from the tiniest preemies to the tallest teens, so this is one present everyone will be happy to share.

Construction of the 14 story, 164-foot-tall hospital began in the fall of 2012 in an effort to create a space especially for kids and families. Through the dedicated work of hundreds of construction team members, patients, families and employees, the new hospital is sure to be the gift that keeps on giving to kids everywhere.*

*Though now in possession of a gift that keeps on giving, every kid still retains the right to wish for additional gifts in the future.