It’s tough enough when your child is in the hospital. If your child has complex health issues, it can be doubly difficult coordinating necessary care in a hospital setting. In addition, when your child is ready to be discharged, you may need additional services at home. 

The Continuity of Care program at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital helps families of children who have special needs. Eligible patients must be 21 years old or younger and have complex health issues that will last at least 12 months.

Our Continuity of Care coordinators target, help coordinate, and obtain services for patients and families both in the hospital and when they return home. Coordinators can:

  • Coordinate inpatient care. 
  • Assist in arranging special needs services for children admitted to and discharged from UI Children's Hospital. 
  • Provide emotional support to you and your child.
  • Enhance and complement discharge planning.
  • Improve communication and interaction between community providers, the patient and family, and medical providers. 

After your child leaves the hospital, care coordinators can be your liaison between hospital and community providers, including home nursing agencies, primary care physicians, and other community programs.  

We invite you to read our Coordinated Care Manual.