Ronald McDonald Family Room at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

We’re proud to offer a Ronald McDonald Family Room on Level 3 of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital! The Family Room includes new amenities designed to meet the unique needs of families with a patient in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PCICU/PICU).

If you have questions, please contact the Family Room at (319) 500-RMHC option 8 or email

Ronald McDonald Family Room Proper

This comfortable room is designed as a “home-away-from-home” for families. Through generous donations, hot meals are provided every evening. Food is also available for breakfast and lunch at no cost to the families. Offering meals takes away the uncertainty about where and when families will eat. It also means that families don’t skip meals to remain close to their children.

The family room includes a kitchenette, dining area, and living room and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During that time, a Ronald McDonald Family Room staff member is on-site to assist families. The living room includes a TV, reading materials, and toys. Siblings are welcome to use the room if accompanied by an adult.

Ronald McDonald Family Shower Suite

Everyone feels better with a hot shower. Besides three showers, the suite offers towels and toiletries. This convenient amenity allows family members to remain near patients while taking care of their own needs.

Ronald McDonald Family Sleep Room

Equipped with a queen-size bed, this private bedroom is available to adults for overnight stays and naps. Requests to use the room are taken by the Family Room Manager every morning. The manager will work with hospital staff on Level 3 to ensure that as many families as possible can use the room in any given week. Parents are welcome to spend the night in their child’s room; however, the sleep room is designed as a quieter refuge away from medical equipment to enhance restful sleep.

Ronald McDonald Lounge

This space is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Snacks and basic services are provided.