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Bubble Ball 2023
ChildServe made history by raising a record-breaking $1.19 million at the 13th annual Bubble Ball. Not only was this a first for ChildServe, the event set the record for donations made during a fundraising gala event in the Des Moines metro.
When 18-year-old Shane was in a motorcycle accident, he experienced severe injuries to his brain and spinal cord. With support from his ChildServe team, and a variety of specialty equipment and technology, he fought hard to regain the strength to walk and talk.
ChildServe Named National Top Workplace 2023
This national recognition celebrates companies that make the world a better place to work by prioritizing a people-centered culture and giving employees a voice.
2022 DAISY Award Winners
Meet the amazing ChildServe nurses who earned the prestigious DAISY award for going above and beyond in the care they provide.
ChildServe Named #3 Most Influential Nonprofit 2023
Let’s celebrate! For the seventh consecutive year, ChildServe was recognized for its influence as a nonprofit in Des Moines.
Hello from the CEO: Welcome 2023!
Kick off 2023 with a few words from ChildServe CEO, Dr. Teri Wahlig, as she shares an inside look at ChildServe’s goals for the new year!
ChildServe is Growing in Eastern Iowa
ChildServe is growing to serve more children in Eastern Iowa! We will double the size of our Iowa City location and open our first satellite location in the state: ChildServe Cedar Rapids!
ChildServe’s Golf Outing has Record-breaking Year
Thanks to the generosity of ChildServe’s sponsors and golf event participants, the 29th annual Golf Fore! The Kids outing raised over $130,000 this year!
ChildServe Named in Iowa’s Top 10 “Top Workplaces” for 2022
ChildServe was once again named a Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register, earning the #7 spot in the Large Company category for 2022.
Pediatric Complex Care Conference Comes to Des Moines
ChildServe is proud to host experts from across the country for the national Pediatric Palliative Care Conference in Des Moines from Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, September 30!
ChildServe Opens Jojo’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit
ChildServe is pleased to announce the opening of its new inpatient rehabilitation unit – Jojo’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit – this summer. The 14-bed unit is the only freestanding, comprehensive pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program for children and teens in the state of Iowa.
Sensory-Friendly Morning at the Iowa State Fair
Visit the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 for the first ever Sensory-Friendly Morning at the Fair, presented by ChildServe.
ChildServe Recognizes 2022 ChildServe Champions
ChildServe has named the United Way and Connie French as recipients of the ChildServe Champions award.
ChildServe’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit
ChildServe’s new pediatric rehabilitation unit is the only freestanding, comprehensive pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program for children and young adults in the state of Iowa. The 14-bed unit features a six-bed nursery and eight private rooms. Check out this inside look at the new unit and it’s unique features!
ChildServe at the Iowa State Fair
ChildServe partnered with the Iowa State Fair to sponsor the first-ever Sensory-Friendly Morning at the Fair.
Bubble Ball 2022: Out of this World
With the support of our incredible sponsors and donors, ChildServe raised $740,000 at our 12th annual Bubble Ball.
ChildServe in Ames is Growing!
Our Ames location will undergo a large expansion project to meet the needs of our community.
ChildServe Named #6 Most Influential Nonprofit
ChildServe celebrated for the impact we make in Iowa.
Sibshops at ChildServe
In 2022, ChildServe will host unique, fun-filled events for siblings of children with special healthcare needs. Learn more.
ChildServe Named a Top Workplace for 2021
2021 marks the 8th consecutive year ChildServe has earned the prestigious Top Workplace award.
ChildServe Announces New Names for Two Unique Programs
Get to know the Autism Day Program and Medical Childcare.
Celebrating the 2021 ChildServe Champions
ChildServe is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 ChildServe Champions award: Principal® and Margo and Don Blumenthal.
Bubble Ball 2021 Breaks Fundraising Records
ChildServe raised over half a million dollars at our 11th annual Bubble Ball.
ChildServe Receives National Top Workplace Award
Team members share what makes ChildServe stand out.
ChildServe Awarded CARF Accreditation
ChildServe has once again earned CARF Accreditation – the highest quality rating a healthcare provider can receive.
ChildServe Named #3 Most Influential Nonprofit
The award marks the fifth consecutive year ChildServe earned recognition from the Business Record for its influence as a nonprofit in Greater Des Moines.
ChildServe Respite Earns National Award
One Des Moines family shares how ChildServe’s Respite program makes a difference in their lives.
ChildServe’s 2020 DAISY Award Winners
Meet three amazing ChildServe nurses who earned the prestigious DAISY award for going above and beyond in the care they provide.
Meet the 2020 ChildServe Champions
Meet the 2020 ChildServe Champions and get to know their amazing impact on the families we serve.
ChildServe Named a Top Workplace for 2020
2020 marks the 7th consecutive year ChildServe has earned the prestigious Top Workplace award.
Forward Together Campaign Exceeds $10 Million Goal
Thanks to generous donors, ChildServe is already moving forward to bring the campaign initiatives to life.
ChildServe’s 2019 DAISY Award Winners
Meet the amazing nurses who were recognized for nursing excellence.
ChildServe Named to Iowa’s Top Workplaces 2019
For the 6th year in a row, ChildServe was named a Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register.
Variety Donates $1 Million Forward Together Campaign
Variety – the Children’s Charity announced today the organization will gift $1 million to ChildServe’s Forward Together campaign.
Senator Grassley receives Spirit of ChildServe Award
ChildServe presented Senator Chuck Grassley with the prestigious “Spirit of ChildServe” award in recognition of his advocacy for children with special healthcare needs.
Prairie Meadows Donates $500,000 to ChildServe
Legacy Grant will help fund ChildServe’s $10 Million Forward Together Campaign
ChildServe Champions Named
ChildServe recently named Variety – the Children’s Charity and Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter as ChildServe Champions.
$1 million gift from Joanie & Dan Houston and the Principal Foundation
ChildServe, a pediatric specialty healthcare organization that serves more than 4,500 children in Iowa each year, just announced a $10 million fundraising effort to address growing and unmet needs.
Bubble Ball 2019: Stunning Designs & Shattered Records
ChildServe’s 2019 Bubble Ball stunned from start to finish as over 90 local designers brought the “Musical Mashup” theme to life through their musical inspired bubble wrap creations.
Nursing at ChildServe: 2018 DAISY Award Winners
The DAISY Award celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. Check out the 2018 winners.
Beyond Words: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month
Learn how to support the AAC users in your life.
Leader, Veteran, and ChildServe Team Member: Meet Steve Bailey
Steve Bailey, (standing behind the flag), is pictured here with his platoon in the 1970s. While he’s called Iowa home for many years, Steve Bailey, environmental services manager at ChildServe, traveled across the world during his years in the military. After...
ChildServe Named to Iowa’s Top Workplaces 2018
The Des Moines Register recently named ChildServe #13 on the list of 2018 Top Workplaces in Iowa.
ChildServe’s New CEO and President Step into Their Roles
Teri Wahlig, M.D. and David McKenzie bring decades of experience to their new positions.
Bubble Ball 2018 – Kids, Cartoons, and Comics
From giant comic books and superheroes, to Scooby-Doo, the Minions, and Charlie Brown, Bubble Ball 2018 popped with outstanding bubble wrap creations.
ChildServe has Big News!
After more than 25 years serving as President/CEO of ChildServe, Lloyd VanderKwaak will retire on June 30, 2018. Teri Wahlig, MD will become ChildServe’s next CEO and David McKenzie will serve as President/COO.
ChildServe Named Non-Profit of the Year
The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce recently named ChildServe the Non-profit of the Year.
ChildServe Named to Iowa’s Top Workplaces 2017
The Des Moines Register recently named ChildServe to the list of Iowa’s Top Workplaces 2017. ChildServe was ranked #9, making 2017 the fourth year in a row that ChildServe has been named to the top 15 large employers in the state.
ChildServe’s New Location
ChildServe team members in Eastern Iowa are now under one roof at 2350 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, IA 52241.
Twenty new Certified Brain Injury Specialists across ChildServe
Concussions and brain injuries turn life upside down. How does ChildServe help?
Childcare Quality Rating System Awards Announced
ChildServe Childcare Centers in Johnston and Ames celebrate successful results after testing from State of Iowa’s Quality Rating System.
DAISY Award Winner
ChildServe nurses make an amazing difference in the lives of children, young adults, and families across Iowa. Individually, nurses can transform the lives of those they help support. For the Dearinger family, ChildServe nurse Pat Rice-Larimer has done just that.
7th Annual Bubble Ball Gala: Art Alive!
The poptastic event has raised $1,000,000 for kids with special healthcare needs since it’s inaugural event in 2011. Check out this year’s amazing creations to see how designers brought art to life!
Coming Soon: ChildServe’s Newest Group Home
Progress on ChildServe’s newest group home continues as the summer opening approaches.
Drake Kids of the Game
ChildServe recently partnered with Drake University to celebrate the accomplishments of four children with difficult health conditions.
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 5,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.
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