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University of Iowa Children's Hospital hosts open houses this weekend

Construction on $360 million hospital started in 2012

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in an aerial photograph in Iowa City on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in an aerial photograph in Iowa City on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — A time-lapse video showing construction of the 14-floor Stead Family Children’s Hospital makes the four-year, $360 million project look remarkably easy.

But every aspect of this state-of-the-art facility has been studied, donations have been raised and legions of construction workers brought in to build, layer-by-layer, this oval high rise dedicated to children’s health.

“There’s a high level of excitement about the new facility,” said Tom Moore, spokesman for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. “It’s grown out of an understanding about what kind of a great resource this is going to be.”

The community is invited to see the Children’s Hospital for the first time at open houses this weekend. The hospital opens to patients in December.

Colorful wall-mounted cubes in patient rooms are lighting fixtures known as a Drew’s Lamp that allow patients to use bedside remotes to create a personal lighting scheme. The Drew’s Lamp was inspired by Drew Wall, a patient who died in 2012 at age 16, who always brought a bedside lamp to the hospital to give him a more homelike environment.

Large-scale art in the lobby that resembles alphabet blocks and celebrates the heritage of 12 Iowa communities. Each piece has a turning element on top paying tribute to Iowa’s farming roots.

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An “on-stage/off-stage” concept in which public spaces are separated from employee spaces, such as offices and break rooms. The model, developed by Disney, is intended to provide more patient privacy, infection control, increased efficiency and easier collaboration among providers.

The 12th floor meditation room, healing gardens, Press Box lounge overlooking Kinnick and Vista Room, for views of Iowa City. Although the building has 14 floors, two are underground, so this is the rooftop.

Hospital organizers expect thousands of people from Iowa and beyond to attend the weekend open houses, which include self-guided tours of the first floor, some patient care areas and the 12th floor, Moore said.

People who work or volunteer at the hospital, along with UI health care students, are invited to tours from 8 to 11 a.m., with general public tours starting at 11 a.m.

What: University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Community Open House

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City

Hours: People who work, learn or volunteer with UI Health Care, as well as their families, are invited to tour the hospital from 8 to 11 a.m. each day. Public tours start at 11 a.m. each day.

Activities: Visitors can go on self-guided tours of the first floor, some patient-care areas and the 12th floor. Light refreshments are to be served.

Parking: Free parking is available in ramps 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as lots 43, 46, 75 and 49.

Info: For more information, including driving directions, map and how to find overnight accommodations, visit hournewhospital.com/.

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