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University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital


Iowa City, Iowa


CBRE | Heery

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides an innovative, comprehensive health care system for children. Previously, pediatric services were scattered across the campus, forcing parents to make multiple visits to address their children’s health care needs. The unifying new 14-story, 134-bed tower enhances quality of care through increased care team collaboration.

The facility includes a 28-bed pediatric intensive care unit (ICU), 32-bed neonatal ICU, two 28-bed medical-surgical units, eight operating rooms, an infusion/dialysis center, a pediatric cancer center, and radiology and procedural suites. Large floor-to-ceiling glass in the lobby creates a dramatic visual connection to the outdoor gardens and play areas.

A theater, dining area, library and gift shop are located off the lobby and contribute to the healing environment. The top level contains an outdoor garden, café, chapel, support areas and the “Press Box” with views into Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team.

The hospital’s design purpose is to provide a safe care environment that helps to minimize stress, encourage hope, provide natural comfort and embolden the community in which it resides. 

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