Skilled Care in Des Moines

Transitional Care Unit at Iowa Lutheran Hospital

The Transitional Care Unit (TCU) or Skilled Services, is for the patient who requires short term inpatient skilled nursing care as a bridge between hospital and home. This patient typically requires short-term physical or occupational therapy for 30-60 minutes per day or requires skilled nursing services seven days per week.

Some examples of the nursing needs of the Transitional Care Unit patient are:

  • Intravenous Medications
  • Patient education
  • Wound care and teaching
  • Nursing assessment for adjustment of medication dosage

TCU patients also have a diagnosis and physician plan of treatment and no longer require intense testing, procedures or daily physician visits.

Experience in Skilled Services

Our skilled unit opened in 1985 and has an excellent reputation in the community. Care is provided to persons with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses by highly experienced nurses, therapists, pharmacists, social workers and many other professionals.

Accreditations & Regulations

The TCU successfully completes an annual unannounced review by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals. We meet the requirements of DNV (Det Norske Veritas).

TCU at Iowa Lutheran Hospital is a Medicare (CMS) 5-star rated facility.  One of very few in Central Iowa.


The TCU is located on the fifth floor of the Iowa Lutheran Hospital campus. Patients overlook the beautiful downtown Des Moines skyline and the state capital.

Knowledgeable Staff

Our employees, with an average of more than 10 years' experience, will provide you with exceptional care. A Registered Nurse is on duty twenty-four hours per day to meet patient needs.

Continuum of Care

As part of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and UnityPoint Health, the Transitional Care Unit can manage any urgent healthcare need and assist you with needs after discharge:

  • Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Therapies
  • Home Health Care
  • Medical Equipment
  • Physician Referrals
  • Other Outpatient Services