After 4 years of construction and 360 million dollars, the University of Iowa Children’s hospital is almost ready to open it’s doors to patients. The hospital gave a sneak preview of the newly designed facility.
New Technology was added to benefit future patients. One of the more advanced upgrades, a neonatal intensive care unit and a state-of-the-art, CT scanner.
“Were the first place in North America with this technology and only the fourth in the world so we’re really excited about that and what’s it’s going to do for the way we care for kids.” said Executive Director, Scott Turner.
He says he also wants to make the hospital a safe place for children.
“I think the kids are really excited just with the colors the discovery that abounds everywhere in our building and running from one spot to another, I think it’s a great validation that our teams accomplished,” Turner said.
Hospital staff agree. it’ll be a place where kids, can just be kids.
“There’s a lot of fun things for the kids, it’s going to be a fun place to be and hopefully not a scary place to be,” said Nurse Jami Woods.
Amanda Paulsen, a Quad City native and mother who’s excited to see what the new facility will offer. Her 18 month old son Gavin has cystic fibrosis, and she believes this hospital will give him the best resources to fight his illness.
Yeah i’m overjoyed with everything they’ve been able to for him and for our family, the staff and everything they do for him is just going to be outstanding
She says the facility is also a gift to the parents and families, who fight alongside their children.