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Community Open House

The new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital opens in December 2016. This is your chance for a once-in-a-lifetime sneak peek during our community open house! Please join us for tours of the new hospital, light refreshments, and special activities. More information available at

Dates: November 5 and 6, 2016
Times: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day
Location: UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital (Iowa City)

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Big News for Iowa's Kids

The opening of our new children’s hospital on December 10, 2016 is big, big news…and who better to share it than our own news station, complete with child anchors, of course! Meet the Aktion News team at

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Project Details

Construction began: Fall 2012
Target completion: Late summer 2016
Hospital opens: December 2016
Cost: Approximately $360 million – funded through bonds, patient revenue, and private gifts. No tax dollars being used.
Location: South of, and connected to, the existing hospital
Size: 507,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space
Number of floors: 14 floors (12 above ground, 2 below ground)

Plans include expanding existing programs and developing new services on-site and throughout Iowa to meet the current and future needs of Iowa’s children. The guiding principle of the UI Children’s Hospital project is to create a system of care for Iowa’s children—bringing together services and resources as part of a comprehensive network. 


  • Myat Haggart and his parents live in New York City, but they traveled to Iowa to seek treatment at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. It wasn’t just the expertise of the doctors here that impressed them. Myat, who is blind, shared his love of construction with some of the men and women working on our new hospital. Learn why the Haggart family traveled so far in Looking back, moving forward.
  • Our goal is to help families be safe and healthy at home, in school, and in the community.  Learn why Rob Nelson and sons are paying it forward.
  • Luke Leyden learned more than he could have imagined about designing hospital rooms. Read about about Luke's experience in Architect as Advocate For Families.
  • Two pediatric cancer survivors returned to lead the construction team through their morning exercises. Read more about their story in Moving Tribute.


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