Skilled Care for Infants to Help Them Thrive

ChildServe’s Post-NICU Rehabilitation program helps infants and children improve early development. We offer intensive medical and nursing services, and care coordination by a whole team of pediatric specialists. Our team members are experienced in working with complex medical issues including complications of premature birth. As children reach their health goals, we support them by coordinating with outpatient or community services for a smooth transition to home.

The nursery at ChildServe‘s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit offers a family-centered healing environment to help babies continue to grow, develop and gain strength while having access to the same specialized equipment and care teams available in a NICU setting. 



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

Why choose ChildServe?


ChildServe’s Post-NICU Rehab program 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 rehab 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.

Pediatric Experts
Our pediatric experts have specialized training in techniques to maximize a child’s eating intake, care for feeding tubes, and increase strength and oral feeding.
ChildServe hold CARF accreditationsBeing CARF accredited means 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.
in pediatrics, brain injury, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Created for Children
Post-NICU Rehab is offered as part of ChildServe’s comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program created specifically for children.

Who We Serve

ChildServe’s Post-NICU Rehabilitation team serves children and young adults (birth through 21 years old) who have the following conditions:

Premature birth

Feeding tube dependence

Respiratory issues

Our Approach

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We Know Kids

Our entire organization is built around kids! ChildServe’s pediatric team offers specialized care to help children overcome a variety of feeding difficulties and improve developmental skills. Our facilities and equipment are designed to make children feel comfortable and safe.
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Pediatric Rehab

Our Pediatric Rehab Nurses and Therapists create individual care plans for each child. Our multi-disciplinary program uses speech, feeding, and occupational therapies to support children with trouble mastering feeding skills. We strengthen oral feeding ability, maximize a child’s food intake, and increase the variety of a child’s diet to promote nutrition.
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Expert Medical Care

ChildServe’s pediatric specialists help children maintain and improve nutrition by maximizing food intake, monitoring nutrition, and managing enteral feeding Enteral feeding involves delivering the nutrients a person needs directly into a person’s stomach, or bowel. Common methods of enteral feeding include NG, gastrostomy, and jejunostomy. ChildServe can provide care for all of these feeding options.
technology. Our VitalStimVitalStim is a research-backed technology which includes electrical stimulation of the swallowing muscles. Combining VitalStim with traditional therapy allows clinicians to strengthen muscles and restore function faster, and helps the brain remap the swallow. Visit VitalStim for more information. and FEESSTFEESST stands for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing. The FEESST is an alternative to the X-ray test of swallowing that uses a specifically designed endoscope in order to assess both the sensory and motor components of the swallow.
technology allow us to evaluate and improve the swallow to increase oral feeding ability. As children return to health and transition home, our medical team trains parents regarding any feeding equipment, care needs, or dietary instructions.
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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 when feeding technology is needed. 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

Our team includes many specialists, including but not limited to the following positions:
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Certified Rehabilitation Nurse
Respiratory Therapist

Registered Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse

Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Speech Language Pathologist
Music Therapist
Medical Social Worker
Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
Assistive Technology Professional
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician

Certified Pediatric Nurse

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

To make a referral or request information, call our Access Specialist at 515-331-8106, or email

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?

Post-NICU Rehab inpatient services are offered as part of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at ChildServe within our Johnston location.

When are services provided?

Post-NICU 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 reports, and census data to monitor our services and continuously improve the care and services we provide.

Contact Us!

ChildServe Center – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131

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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