University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

UI Stead Family Children's Hospital Full

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, the hospital provides care for children from birth to young adulthood. Services range from promoting wellness to the care of general childhood illness, surgery, traumatic injuries, life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. As part of an academic medical center, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also performs groundbreaking research to help solve the mysteries of childhood diseases, in addition to training the next generation of health care professionals.

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Project Details

Construction began:

Fall 2012



Spring 2017



Approximately $292 million – entirely funded through bonds, patient revenue, and private gifts. No tax dollars being used.



507,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space


The number of floors:

14 floors (12 above ground, 2 below ground)

For The Kids Way!

South Hospital Drive, the street just south of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, was renamed to For The Kids Way in June of 2019.


"We are grateful for the support of everyone involved in Dance Marathon programs. Over the past 25 years, Dance Marathon programs around the state have contributed $40 million to support our pediatric patients and their families. These gifts have supported many important initiatives, including our new cancer center on Level 11, an endowment for a new child life specialist position, a new hemodynamic program in our nationally-renowned NICU, and a new neonatal pediatric transport vehicle that will bring children from across the state to receive world-class specialty care at our children's hospital," said the Hospital.


Dance Marathon is a yearlong celebration of life to provide emotional and financial support for the families treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Dance Marathon is for the kids, and at St. Ambrose, we 'BEElieve in the Kids'.



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