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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

Current Estimated Wait:
4 hr 21 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 39 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 49 min

UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Current Estimated Wait:
9 hr 4 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

Current Estimated Wait:
5 hr 12 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

Current Estimated Wait:
5 hr 4 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Current Estimated Wait:
7 hr 20 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Current Estimated Wait:
6 hr 59 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 2 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

Current Estimated Wait:
7 hr 36 min
Blank Children's Hospital

Family and Guests

Note: Anyone who feels ill or has a fever, cough, cold, cold sore, vomiting, diarrhea or rash needs to stay home. Parents who feel ill need to talk with your child's nurse to see if it's okay to visit.

Visits from family and friends can be helpful for healing. Visits may be any time, though only close family from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. After 8 p.m., use the Emergency Room entrance.

Families are partners in your child's care. Two adult family members are welcome to stay at night with your child. The care team may ask guests to step out of the room for privacy or treatments if needed.

Siblings are welcome to visit. An adult must stay with siblings. For the NICU, please ask the unit clerk about the guidelines for siblings to visit. Ask your child's care team if you have questions about what to say to siblings about the illness or injury.

Washing Hands

Washing your hands is one of the best things you can do to protect you and your child from germs. Your child's care team will clean their hands when they enter and leave the room. Please clean your hands before and after touching your child.


The hospital, parking lots and campus are tobacco-free for safety. If you wish to smoke, you will need to leave the campus. 

Places for Family to Stay

The Ronald McDonald House Charities

Blank Children's Hospital (West of campus)
1441 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA
(515) 243-2111
Ronald McDonald House website


No fee charged but suggested donation of $10 per night

Resources Provided:

  • Private and secure family bedroom offered for overnight families (2 queen beds/room)
  • Meals and snacks provided for overnight families
  • Shared dining, living and kitchen spaces for onsite families
  • Open kitchen services for families of children ages newborn to 21 regardless of onsite stay (hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)


  • Families of children ages newborn through 21 who are currently being treated or hospitalized


  • Hospital Staff: Please contact (515) 243-2111
  • Families: Please speak to your nurse of social worker to set up your stay or visit

Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House near Blank Children's Hospital.

The Care Inn (south of Iowa Methodist Medical Center)

1300 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines
(515) 241-321
After 5 p.m. or holidays, (515) 241-6320

Cost: varies by daily or weekly

The Care Inn has rooms for patients, family, and friends. Included with the room are maid service, kitchens in the room, and coin laundry.

Respite Rooms

Two respite, or short stay, bedrooms with bathrooms are on Blank 5. The rooms are reserved each day. Ask your child's care team if you are interested.


Ask about lower rates and shuttle service when having a family member in the hospital.

Hotel Fort Des Moines
1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines
(515) 241-1191 or 1 (800) 532-1466

Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
(515) 245-5500

Quality Inn and Suites
929 Third Street, Des Moines
(515) 282-5251 or 1 (800) 903-0009