Expert Care for the Transition Home

The Orthopedic Rehabilitation program at ChildServe offers a family friendly, kid-focused place for children and young adults to recover after having surgery. We provide care in Jojo’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit – a beautiful space custom-designed to help maximize comfort and recovery. Each child in the Orthopedic Rehabilitation program receives an individualized treatment plan targeting areas that will increase health and independence in daily living. As children and young adults reach their health and independence goals, our pediatric specialists support them by coordinating with schools and outpatient or community services for a smooth transition to home.

Watch our virtual tour to see this space for yourself, or read about our unit here.

Why choose ChildServe?


ChildServe has one of the only two board-certified pediatric rehab doctors in Iowa, Fred Klingbeil“Dr. Fred,” as many ChildServe kids call him, provides expert rehabilitation and medical management of children with special healthcare needs. As the only board-certified pediatric rehabilitation doctor in Iowa, Dr. Fred’s years of experience and knowledge in pediatric care are a valuable resource., MD, who treats children in the inpatient and outpatient programs.

We hold CARFmeans that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities recognizes ChildServe as an organization that meets rigorous guidelines for service and quality and conforms to nationally and internationally recognized standards.
accreditations in pediatrics, brain injury, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Pediatric Experts
ChildServe’s pediatric experts, like our Certified Wound Nurse, Certified Rehabilitation Nurse, and Pediatricians, have specialized training and additional knowledge to treat children recovering from surgery.
Specialized Technology
ChildServe offers cutting-edge facilities and specialized technology including our whirlpool tubs for wound management, specialized mobility aids provided through the Orthotics and Adaptive Equipment programs, and pressure mapping assessments to provide positioning and equipment recommendations.

Who We Serve

ChildServe’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation program serves children and young adults (infant through 21 years old) who are recovering from surgery from the following:

Neuromuscular  conditions

Congenital conditions

Post-traumatic orthopedic conditions

Non-healing surgical wounds

Our Approach

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We Know Kids

Our entire organization is built around kids! ChildServe’s pediatric specialists provide healthcare designed for the developmental needs of children and young adults. The pediatric rehab experts in our Orthopedic Rehabilitation program have specialized knowledge and skills to help kids and young adults heal after surgery. Our facilities and equipment are designed to make kids comfortable, safe, and inspired.
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Pediatric Rehab

Our Pediatric Rehab Nurses and Therapists create customized rehab plans for each child. Plans may include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, along with therapeutic recreational activities, pet therapy, and music therapy. Our therapists have specialized training in the development and rehabilitation of children and young adults.
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Expert Medical Care

ChildServe’s pediatric specialists help children and young adults manage complex medical needs after surgery. Each child in the Orthopedic Rehabilitation program receives individualized treatment that focuses on increasing independence in daily living. We help kids increase mobility, balance, and strength; develop independence; manage pain; manage or avoid contracture, and emphasize nutrition to promote healing. Outside of our own medical team, we can also coordinate services with local professionals who specialize in areas including but not limited to urology, pulmonology, neurology, orthopedics, psychology, neuropsychology, and ophthalmology/optometry as needed.
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We Care about Families

As part of ChildServe’s continuum of care, our rehab specialists train parents regarding their child’s condition and how to provide care at home. They offer a home and vehicle assessment to ensure safety upon discharge. Children and young adults may transition to outpatient therapy programs to continue receiving support from ChildServe’s expert therapists. Our medical social workers offer care coordination for the transition to ChildServe’s programs and other community resources as needed.

Our Team of Pediatric Specialists

ChildServe employs a variety of healthcare professionals, including but not limited to the following positions:
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Certified Wound Nurse
Certified Rehabilitation Nurse
Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Registered Nurse

Respiratory Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Speech Language Pathologist
Music Therapist
Aquatic Therapist

Licensed Practical Nurse

Medical Social Worker
Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
Assistive Technology Professional

Certified Pediatric Nurses

Frequently Asked Questions

How are referrals made?

To refer a child to the Orthopedic Rehab program, call our Access Specialist at 515-331-8106 , or email communications@childserve.org.

Who is eligible to receive services from Orthopedic Rehabilitation?
Our Orthopedic Rehab program serves children who have been discharged from an acute-care hospital, but continue to require medical and therapy services. Our program serves children and young adults (birth-21 years old) who have had surgery due to neuromuscular, congenital, and post-traumatic orthopedic conditions.
How are services authorized and funded?

Program costs are authorized and funded through commercial insurance and Iowa Medicaid. Specific fees will be discussed during the intake/admission process.

Where are services provided?

Orthopedic Rehab services are offered as part of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at ChildServe within our Johnston location.

When are services provided?

Orthopedic Rehab services are available inpatient 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

View our Annual Outcomes

ChildServe regularly gathers child and family satisfaction feedback, quality report, and census data to monitor services and continuously improve the care and services we provide.

Contact Us!

ChildServe – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 727-8750

ChildServe Center - Johnston


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 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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