Six years ago we were invited by our friends — University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife Mary — to become involved in Care For Kids, a local fundraising event to benefit University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. While we were aware that the hospital is one of the nation’s premier health-care centers for children, our eyes were opened to the extent of the involvement of this special hospital in our community.

We learned UI Children’s Hospital doctors provide lifesaving care in the neonatal intensive care unit at Genesis Medical Center. UI doctors also help our youngest patients at the Genesis Heart Institute, Center for Digestive Health, and a new pediatric specialty clinic which opened last year on Lincoln Road and hosts clinics for pediatric genetics, neurology, and nephrology.

Today, we’re involved in the planning process for the new UI Children’s Hospital, which will open in 2016 and set a new standard for the patient and family experience while also supporting the teaching mission of the UI—educating the next generation of pediatric health-care staff who will continue to serve our community.

We are proud to be advocates for our UI Children’s Hospital, and grateful for the care it provides to families in the Quad-Cities.

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Joe and Sally Harper