University of Iowa Children's Hospital

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Coordinates: 41°39′25″N 91°32′56″W / 41.657°N 91.549°W / 41.657; -91.549

University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Location 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Care system Medicare/Medicaid/Private[1]
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Iowa
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 155[2]
Founded 1919[3]
Lists Hospitals in Iowa

University of Iowa Children's Hospital is a teaching hospital for children founded in 1919,[4] located inside University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.[5][6] It benefits from the services of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

UI Children's Hospital will open a new stand-alone facility adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics, set to open in summer 2016. See photos and building progress.

UI Children's Hospital also has an extensive library of health information for people of various ages.[7]

National distinctions[edit]


The following medical divisions are available: General Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Pulmonary diseases, Anesthesia, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Burn Treatment, Cardiology, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Health Specialty Clinics, Child Neurology, Child Psychology, Child Psychiatry, Clinical Pharmacology, Continuity of Care, Critical Care, Dentistry, Dermatology, Developmental Disabilities, ECMO, Emergency Care, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery, Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spinal Deformity, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Speech, Swallowing, Voice, Pediatric Outreach Clinics (Cardiac-Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hemoglobinopathy, Neurology, Neuromuscular), Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Special Education, Specialized Child Health Services, Surgery (Pediatric), Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Toxicology, Transplantation Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Urology.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is in partnership with University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and University of Iowa Children's Hospital which completes the state University of Iowa Health Care.[15]

The Ponseti method[edit]

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is also where Dr. Ignacio Ponseti developed the Ponseti method. The Ponseti method is a revolutionary non-surgical way to treat congenital clubfoot, which had previously been treated through surgeries to infants or children at a young age. The Ponseti method is a way to treat clubfoot through a series of manipulating bones and tendons in the foot and holding them in place through a series of casts. It is a treatment technique that is still used worldwide to this day. More information on it can be found on UI Children's website, the World Health Organisation website, and many other places.[16]

New facilities[edit]

In the fall of 2012, the project to create a new University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The hospital will be located to the west of the current at the site of a former parking structure University Hospital and will be connected to the hospital and new parking structure as well. The target completion date for the project is in March 2016.

The project costs approximately $292 million – none of which was funded by tax dollars. The funding was achieved through bonds, patient revenue, and private gifts.

The building is 480,000 square feet of new construction as well as 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space. It will be 14 floors (12 above ground, two below ground).

There is a live webcam of the construction as it is happening, as well as an update of the latest construction phase for the building.[17]

Kid Captain program[edit]

Since 2008 the University of Iowa Children's Hospital has teamed up with the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Kid Captains are nominated by those familiar with them and are given the opportunity to be an honorary captain at a University of Iowa football game.[18]

Fourteen children are chosen every year. In 2013 there were 462 children nominated.[19]


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