Transforming Emergency & Critical Care

Building for our Community Campaign

When a traumatic injury or critical illness happens, you deserve the highest-trained professionals, the latest technology, the newest equipment, and the best facilities to save lives.

As the only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center in central Iowa, Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's are committed to providing the highest level of care for patients of all ages. Each year more than 55,000 patients receive care in the Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's Emergency Department and Trauma Center, and that number continues to grow. 

The current space within the Emergency Departments and adult Critical Care Unit (CCU) did not allow for full maximization of our resources. In 2014, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines broke ground on a multi-phase year plan to transform emergency and critical care.

The first phase of the project was to expand and renovate the adult CCU. This included increasing the number of patient rooms from 24 to 36 and equipping them with state-of-the-art technology to enable the delivery of optimal critical care, and creating an expanded and more comfortable waiting area for families.

The second phase of the project is to expand the Emergency Departments by 40,000 sq. ft. and completely renovate the existing 20,000 sq. ft. When completed in late 2016, the William C. Knapp Emergency Department and Trauma Center will provide the medical teams with the facility and state-of-the-art technology to better serve the patients, families and community by advancing the level of care, reducing patient wait times, and enhancing the comfort of patients and families.

Projects of this magnitude would not be possible without support from the community. In order to create a place where life threatening illnesses and injuries will be cared for by expert and compassionate providers, it will take gifts from people like you who care and want to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Contact us to learn more about this historic project and how you can be part of changing the lives of others.

Make a donation to the project.