The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved plans presented by University of Iowa Health Care leaders to build a new, $270 million University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.
The new 371,600 square foot facility will be located adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics, and will also encompass 56,250 square feet of renovated space in the John Pappajohn Pavilion. The new UI Children's Hospital tower will be built immediately south of Hospital Ramp II, which stands across Hawkins Drive from Kinnick Stadium.
"Building the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital is a critical step in advancing the strategic master facilities plan that will meet the health care needs of our patients and families in the 21st century," said Jean Robillard, MD, UI vice president for medical affairs. "We must be able to accommodate the projected growth in the number of patients, surgeries, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and imaging and laboratory analyses, as well as meeting increased space requirements for teaching and clinical research."
UI leaders say the new UI Children's Hospital will be designed to enhance health care services to children and their families across Iowa. According to Thomas Scholz, MD, interim chief of pediatrics, the new pediatric health "Center of Excellence" will further develop a statewide, Iowa-specific children's system of care by creating a state-of-the-art children's hospital and incorporating sophisticated health information technology.
"Children's health care is becoming increasingly specialized. We want to continue meeting the needs of children throughout Iowa, in conjunction with community pediatricians, family practitioners and other providers. This partnership between community-based providers and UI Children's Hospital is a major factor in Iowa's ranking as the top state in the nation from a child health perspective," Scholz noted.
The eleven-story structure, with three levels below ground and eight above, will offer 195 beds, an increase from the 164 beds in the current UI Children's Hospital. There will also be eight pediatric operating rooms.
The Iowa City office of Heery International is the architect of record for the project, while Stanley Beaman & Sears of Atlanta, Ga., will serve as the UI Children's Hospital architect. The Gilbane Building Co., Chicago, Ill., will manage the construction process. Project leaders anticipate that many Iowa-based companies will participate in the construction and development of this major new facility.
Construction is targeted for completion in 2016. The project will be paid for with a combination of health care revenues, hospital bonding and private gifts.