The University of Iowa

Stead Family Children's Hospital

Jerre and Mary Joy Stead

Honorees: Jerre and Mary Joy Stead


  • Natives of Maquoketa, Iowa and residents of Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Jerre is a 1965 graduate of the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business
  • He has served on the boards of many corporations and nonprofit organizations, including on the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business Board of Visitors, and he has lectured in the UI Executive MBA Program for many years
  • He currently chairs the Alzheimer’s Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Garrett-Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University
  • In 2013, he was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to oversee the state’s flood recovery efforts
  • Mary Joy attended the UI and has served on the UI Foundation's board of directors since 1999
  • In 2003, the Steads committed $25 million to the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business to support a variety of initiatives, including the Stead Technology Services Group, a full-service computer lab and technology consulting group
  • In 2013, the UI named the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in honor of the couple’s generous gifts to children’s medicine
  • The Steads serve as campaign co-chairs for UI Health Care in For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa—the UI’s $1.7 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign

Stead Family Children's Hospital


Description of facility:

The 14-story, 507,000-square-foot hospital offers private rooms for all patients, eight pediatric operating rooms, and a pediatric pharmacy. It also features a number of child-friendly options, including a playground, gardens, library, interactive theater, and an unbeatable view of Kinnick Stadium. The new hospital consolidates inpatient pediatric care, procedures, imaging, and surgery that previously had been located throughout UI Hospitals and Clinics, which will allow those spaces to be converted to private rooms for adult patients. The original Children’s Hospital opened in 1919. In 1954, pediatric patients were moved to what was then known as University Hospitals, with pediatric services located throughout the facility. 

Address: 130 Hawkins Drive
Year built: 2017
Additional building information and map: Stead Family Children's Hospital

Aerial View of Building