Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • Iowa's Statewide System of Care

    Patient Centered Care

    University of Iowa Children’s Hospital fully embraces the principles of patient- and family-centered care and believes parents and other family members are the experts on their child. At UI Children’s Hospital, families serve as equal partners on the pediatric healthcare team.

    UI Children’s Hospital is a leader in national and state-designated public health programs including the University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Iowa’s Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC), Iowa’s Title V Program for children with special health care needs (CHSCN).

    The overarching vision of UI Health Care for the new children’s hospital is to create a System of Care (SOC) for Iowa’s children with the hospital as a tool. A System of Care (SOC) is a philosophy of how care should be delivered. Systems of Care is an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school, and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs. Systems of Care adhere to a specific set of enduring values and principles.

    A System of Care is a family-centered coordinated network of community-based services designed to promote the healthy development and well-being of children, youth, and their families. Families can gain entry to the system through any service. Once in the system, the child and family will have expedited access to the broader system of services.