Blank Children's Gastroenterology, a hospital outpatient department of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines – Iowa Methodist Medical Center, focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas. The gastroenterology (GI) team at Blank Children's Hospital provides testing and treatment for children and teens who have complex gastrointestinal illnesses. We partner with you to identify and understand the condition your child is experiencing, and develop a plan to meet the needs of your child and family.
Your Child's First Visit
Your child's first visit at the Blank Pediatric Gastroenterology will probably be the longest. Please plan to be at the office for approximately one hour. We ask that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes ahead of your child's appointment.
Please read our New Patient Letter for important information, including guidelines and policies.
We also ask that you complete the following forms and bring them with you to your appointment:
Reminder for Regular Appointments
Prior approvals from your child's primary provider and insurance plan may be necessary before each visit.
Please bring the following items to each appointment:
- Photo ID
- Current Insurance Card
- List of Current Medications
Referrals from Non-UnityPoint Health Clinics
The clinic team must complete the Request for Consultation or Transfer of Care form and fax it to (515) 241-8789 with the following additional information:
- Patient demographics
- Related medical imaging or lab work
- Growth chart
- Related office notes
- Patient's insurance card
For an urgent referral, please also have the referring physician call the GI physician.