The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City has announced a $4.5 million gift from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation.
The gift will endow two named faculty positions in the hospital's Department of Pediatrics, part of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The funding also will be used to expand specialty pediatric services offered by the hospital in collaboration with Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines and will support the training and recruitment of pediatric specialists. The two hospitals currently collaborate to provide kidney care to pediatric patients in Des Moines, offering more convenient access for families in central Iowa.
"This significant investment from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation will help us address the shortage of pediatric specialists in Iowa and advance our goal of creating a statewide system of care that provides comprehensive health care for all children," said Raphael Hirsch, physician-in-chief at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital and chair of the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. "This gift will help us attract and retain national leaders who will grow our pediatric programs."
"Children in Iowa deserve the best care," said Blank Children's Hospital president and CEO Steve Stephenson. "Through this gift, we are able to build the infrastructure needed to bring even more pediatric experts to the state, so that families of children with complex medical conditions do not need to travel out of state to receive care."