Respiratory Care

Improving Breathing, Increasing Health

ChildServe offers a unique, kid and family-focused place for children and young adults to heal from injuries and receive complex medical care for ongoing needs. Our Respiratory Therapy service focuses on improving or stabilizing breathing function lost due to illness or injury. ChildServe’s pediatric specialists provide medical care, intensive therapy, adaptive equipment, and recreational activities. As children and young adults reach their health and independence goals, we support them by coordinating with schools and outpatient or community services for a smooth transition to home.

Why choose ChildServe?

Expert Respiratory Support
Pediatricians and pulmonologists who treat children in the inpatient programs provide expert respiratory support and oversight of care plans.
Pediatric Experts
ChildServe’s pediatric experts, like our Rehab Nurses and 24-hour Respiratory Therapists have specialized training and additional knowledge to treat children with respiratory needs.
We 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.
Specialized Technology
ChildServe offers cutting-edge facilities and specialized technology for managing respiratory needs.
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Who We Serve

ChildServe’s Respiratory Care program serves children and young adults (birth through 21 years old) who are tracheostomy or ventilator dependent after experiencing one of the following conditions:

Premature Birth

Neuromuscular Disorder

Spinal Cord Injury

Brain Injury

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 experts in our Respiratory Care program have specialized knowledge and skills to help kids and young adults live their best life. Our facilities and equipment are designed to make kids feel comfortable, safe, and inspired.
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Expert Medical Care

ChildServe’s pediatric specialists help children and young adults with tracheostomy and ventilators manage complex medical needs 24-hours a day. Our nurses and therapists, who have experience in neonatal and intensive care settings, help kids improve comfort, mobility, and strength, and emphasize nutrition to promote health. ChildServe therapists provide sensory adaptations and help children increase their strength. Our in-house DME program adapts medical equipment to increase mobility and help children safely access their world.
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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

Our team includes a variety of healthcare professionals, including but not limited to the following positions:


Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Certified Wound Care Nurse

Registered, Licensed Practical and Certified Pediatric Nurses

Certified Rehabilitation Nurse
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Respiratory Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Speech Language Pathologist
Music Therapist
Aquatic Therapist
Medical Social Worker
Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
Assistive Technology Professional

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a referral?

To refer a child to the Respiratory Care program, call our Access Specialist at 515-331-8106.

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?

Respiratory Care services are offered in our inpatient program at ChildServe in Johnston, in our Medical Childcare program at ChildServe’s Woodland Center, and in our Homecare services.

When are services provided?
Respiratory Care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact Us!

ChildServe – 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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