girl patient with nurse

Variety Pediatric Unit

Bright, colorful surroundings welcome children and their families in our new inpatient unit. Five experienced hospitalists provide complete care of pediatric patients of all ages, from newborns to teenagers.

Our unit offers:

  • Twenty-two private rooms with bathrooms
  • A family waiting area
  • Playroom for patients
  • Accommodations that enable parents to stay close to their child
  • Special attention from distinguished pediatricians, specialists and nurses
  • Direct access to specialty resources such as intensive care, surgery and cardiology
  • Dedicated child life specialist, pediatric social worker, pharmacist and dietitian on the unit

Click here for a video tour of the new pediatric unit.

Ronald McDonald Family Room

The on-unit Ronald McDonald Family Room is an option for parents who need to stay close to their hospitalized child. The Family Room offers three sleeping rooms, shower and laundry facilities, a kitchenette and a TV room. This is the only in-hospital accommodation of its kind in Iowa.

The Family Room does welcome donations from the public. Please see Ronald McDonald Family Room Donation List for more information.

Meet Our Hospitalists

Board-certified hospitalists with Mercy Pediatric Hospitalists provide care in the inpatient unit at Mercy Children's Hospital & Clinics. Click on their names to learn more about our providers.

Variety Pediatric Unit Tour

Mercy is excited to share our new pediatric unit with the community. These photos show what families can expect when they are in the hospital.

Peds Reception Area
Reception mural
When families and visitors step off the elevator, they are greeted by a new
In the reception area just off the elevators, an interactive mural created by artist Koryn Rolstad allows children to push a button to hear animal sounds.
Hallway Family Waiting Room
The hallway leading to the unit is bright and colorful, depicting children in all seasons. A quiet family waiting area outside of the unit is a perfect place for families and visitors to gather.
Hallway Patient room
Natural light brightens up the hallways in the new unit, making it a happy and inviting place for children. 22 new patient rooms–with space for a parent to stay by their side and private bathrooms–provide an environment just for children.
Family Room Activity Room
A family lounge with seating and a TV is a good place for parents and families to relax during their stay. The Activity Room offers fun things for hospitalized children of all ages. The unit's child life specialists provide craft activities, board games, video games, toys and more for patients.
Ronald McDonald Family Room bedroom Ronald McDonald Room living room
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is located just down the hallway from the entrance to the pediatric unit. The Family Room contains three private bedrooms (pictured) for parents of pediatric and pediatric intensive care unit patients to stay in on a day-by-day basis. For parents who have a longer stay, the Ronald McDonald Family Room lounge provides a relaxing environment.
Ronald McDonald Room kitchen  
The Ronald McDonald Family Room includes a kitchen/eating area where snacks are provided for parents and they are able to prepare a quick meal.  
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