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.
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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.
The new hospital stands across the street from Kinnick Stadium, and with a total of 14 stories reaching 164 feet into the sky, offers some of the best views of Hawkeye games for kids who could use a little cheering up. And for those who don’t know the difference between a “first down” and a “touchdown,” they can always pretend they’re a giant watching tiny people down below scurry like ants.
The hospital brings experts in every pediatric specialty all under one roof.
An underground parking ramp right next door makes getting into and out of the hospital easier than getting into and out of trouble.
Other highlights include a healing garden, a children’s library, and an interactive children’s theater with touchscreens, movies, and space for events like puppet shows.
As the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Iowa embarks on a new era dedicated to providing the best care in the most comforting environment, children across the state can’t wait to push all the buttons in the elevator.