Trauma Services | UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

05 Patients
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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

06 Patients
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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

10 Patients
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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

06 Patients
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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Trauma Services

Trauma, whether it be intentional or unintentional, is consistently one of the leading causes of death. Traumatic injuries are categorized as any physical injury that is caused by an external mechanism. Not every emergency department can handle every trauma. A trauma center is more than an emergency department offering a state-verified hospital facility capable of highly specialized treatment for the most critical injuries. Based in a hospital, a trauma center has dedicated considerable time, equipment and facilities to the care of severely injured patients. Nurses, physicians and ancillary hospital personnel are highly-skilled and trained in the emergency and trauma treatment of these patients. 

Our Trauma Centers

Iowa Methodist Medical Center is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma as a Level I Adult Trauma Center. Blank Children's Hospital is verified by the ACS as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Additionally, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital are verified by the State of Iowa as Level IV Adult Trauma Centers.

In order to be verified by the ACS the hospitals must meet specific national criteria and standards of care as recommended by the ACS.

Statewide Trauma System

With the goal of reducing injury deaths, improving patient outcomes and reducing medical care costs, the Iowa trauma system was established in 1995 through state legislation titled the Iowa Trauma System Care Development Act. The system was fully implemented statewide in January 2001. Features of the system include categorization and verification of each hospital in Iowa, training in advanced trauma life support, definition of triage protocol, and uniform data definition and collection.