ChildServe expands services in eastern Iowa

The Coralville site will double its footprint and a satellite site will open in Hiawatha

ChildServe expands services in eastern Iowa

ChildServe is doubling the size of its Coralville location, pictured above, at 2350 Oakdale Boulevard. (Google Street View image from October 2021)

CORALVILLE – An organization serving children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries and other special health needs is expanding in eastern Iowa.

ChildServe doubles the size of its Coralville location and opens its first satellite location in Hiawatha. This is a “proactive approach to investing in the children of Iowa,” ChildServe CEO Teri Wahlig said in a statement.

“We’ve seen growth in waiting lists for our services in the wake of the pandemic and have big plans to meet the increasing demand for children with special health needs,” Wahlig said.

The expansion projects are part of the organization’s regional growth strategy, which includes upgrading its three main campuses, Wahlig said. These campuses are located in Ames, Des Moines and near Iowa City. There is also a location in Johnston.

“These locations will become regional hubs from which we can extend our reach to surrounding communities with satellite facilities,” Wahlig said.

According to the organization, ChildServe serves more than 1,000 children and families in Johnson County and surrounding counties through more than a dozen services. The four specialty areas are Autism Services, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Complex Health Care, and Community-Based Services.

“We’re working with local hospitals, pediatricians and healthcare providers to improve outcomes and make life a little easier for families caring for children with special health needs,” said Marie Hassel, ChildServe’s regional director.

Over the next 18 months, an expansion project will double the size of ChildServe’s location at 2350 Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville. The expansion will improve access to outpatient therapy services, autism and applied behavioral analysis services for more than 220 children per year, according to a press release.

Team members providing behavioral services at 2771 Oakdale Blvd. Location across the street will be brought to the main building.

A groundbreaking at the 13,000-square-foot site is expected in spring 2023, according to the press release.

ChildServe’s first satellite site is also expected in spring 2023. He will meet at 1661 Boyson Square Dr. located in Hiawatha.

The 7,540-square-foot space will provide autism and applied behavioral analysis services and outpatient therapy for more than 200 children, the press release said.

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