At the Nov. 11 dedication of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, 11-year-old twins Berne and Maren Denison of Cedar Falls summed up the importance of the new hospital in a way only they could.

“My mom and dad told me that the people who designed this hospital wanted it to be ‘kid-centered,’” said Berne. “We finally figured out what this means.” Together, the twins said, “This is our new hospital” before sharing a high-five.

Both of the Denison children have cystic fibrosis and were born prematurely. Berne spent 58 days in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Maren stayed for 63.

The twins were among current and former patients, families, donors, employees, legislators, and university leaders who attended the event held in the lobby of the new children’s hospital. It was a day to thank more than 600 faculty, staff, patients, and families for their help in planning and designing the hospital, as well as hundreds of construction team members for their work. The ceremony also highlighted the role philanthropy played in making the dream of building a world-class children’s hospital a reality. More than 11,000 donors from all 50 states contributed to the project.

 

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