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ChildServe presented Senator Chuck Grassley with the prestigious “Spirit of ChildServe” award in recognition of his advocacy for children with special healthcare needs. The recognition took place at ChildServe in Johnston on Friday, August 16.

Senator Grassley is chair of the Finance Committee, current President pro tempore of the Senate, which makes him 3rd in line for the presidency, and he has become one of the primary advocates for children’s issues. In April 2019, the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act, sponsored by Senator Grassley, was signed into law.

The ACE Kids Act will reduce the burden on families and caregivers by improving the coordination of medical care for children with complex medical needs. Better coordination of care will reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations and reduce health care expenditures.

“It’s clear Senator Grassley shares the ChildServe promise of believing in the spirit of a child,” says Teri Wahlig, MD, ChildServe CEO. “We are especially grateful for his championing of the ACE Kids Act, which will improve care for the most medically complex children in the nation, including those we serve right here in Iowa.”

“Creating life-changing legislation doesn’t just come from the work of senators,” says Senator Grassley. “It comes from individuals and communities who care about issues and work together to make a difference. I’m honored to have worked with many wonderful people who shared their stories and committed their time to help make a positive difference for kids with complex medical needs.”

Previous recipients include Senator Harkin, Sayeed B. Hussain, M.D., Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter, Barb and John Trier, Teri Wahlig, M.D., Jack Wahlig, Leon Shearer, and Lloyd and Vicki VanderKwaak.

About ChildServe

ChildServe knows kids and we know specialty healthcare. When parents have questions about their child’s health and development, we’re here with answers and support for the whole family– so we can all move Forward Together. Our team of experts helps identify and meet the unique needs of children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs to help them live a great life.

For over 90 years, ChildServe has partnered with families to provide much-needed healthcare

Services and support for children and teens from birth to age 21. We currently offer more than 30 services, including pediatric rehabilitation, physical, occupational and speech therapy, long-term care, behavioral health and autism, and more to meet the needs of more than 4,500 children across the state each year. ChildServe recently announced the Forward Together Campaign, the organization’s largest fundraising campaign to date, with a goal of $10 million to expand facilities and enhance programs to serve more children with complex medical conditions.

More on the ACE Kids Act.

More on the Forward Together Campaign.


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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