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Iowa Methodist ER

The adult emergency department at Iowa Methodist Medical Center is available for all types of trauma and medical emergencies. All staff are specially trained in cardiac and trauma care. The Iowa Methodist Medical Center adult emergency department has 15 rooms and averages 32,000 patient visits each year.

Iowa Methodist Medical Center - Level I Trauma Center

Iowa Methodist Medical Center has been a nationally-recognized trauma center from the American College of Surgeons since 1981. Currently Iowa Methodist Medical Center is verified as Level I Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.

Learn more about our Trauma Services here.

Building for Our Community

Iowa Methodist/Blank Children's Emergency Department Construction Updates

Summer 2016: Expected Completion Date

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is excited to begin construction on the new Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital adult and pediatric Emergency Departments. This is the latest phase in a multi-year project that has included renovations to the Critical Care Unit and Cardiac Care space.

Our existing Emergency Departments were designed to serve 30,000 patients. They are currently serving more than 55,000 patients and the numbers are projected to increase.

  • The techniques, technology and equipment to treat traumas have advanced significantly. The current space does not allow for full maximization of our resources.
  • Expansion will allow us to meet current and future patient needs, implement new technology and increase efficiencies.
  • We will be able to better serve the community by reducing patient wait times, enhancing family comfort and improving the work environment.

Click the images below to view animations of the exterior, Iowa Methodist Emergency Department and Blank Children's Emergency Department. Image and Animation © 2014 Cross Studio.


Critical Care Unit

The Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Iowa Methodist Medical Center is being expanded to serve more patients. In addition to the expansion, the entire CCU is also being renovated to better serve patients and families. The project is part of a large, multi-phase Emergency and Critical Care transformation on the Iowa Methodist campus. As the only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center in Central Iowa, the CCU is an important element in the continuum of care for trauma patients. Click the image below to take a virtual tour of the CCU. 

Support This Project

This project is made possible by donor support. Learn more about how you can support the Emergency and Critical Care project.