Blank Children's Pulmonology, a hospital outpatient department of UnityPoint Health – Iowa Methodist Medical Center, cares for infants, children and teens with problems and diseases that affect the respiratory system. We strive to provide the highest level of care to each patient. We work to identify and understand the problems your child is having and then put together a plan for your child and family to help start the road to a healthy, normal life.
Cystic Fibrosis Center
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 40,000 children and adults in the United States. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, life-threatening, inherited disease that can cause respiratory, digestive, and reproductive problems, and malnutrition. Early detection and treatment of CF is key to increasing life expectancy, slowing the progression of the disease and preventing complications.
Blank Children's Hospital is fully accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to care for patients with CF. The CF center brings together an integrated team of pulmonology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, dietary, pharmacy, social work, physical therapy and Child Life for a convenient appointment for patients and families. We are one of two hospitals in the state offering this type of clinic. We see patients of all ages - pediatric through adult.
Your Child's First Visit
Your child's first visit at Blank Children's Pulmonology will probably be the longest. Please plan to be at the office for one to two hours. We ask that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes ahead of your child's appointment to complete medical history and insurance information. In order to avoid duplicating tests, you will want to bring the following information along to your child's first appointment (unless our office has already received it):
- Referral information from your child's primary provider for an office visit, diagnostic x-ray films and lab tests.
- Medical records from your child's primary provider.
- Results of any previous evaluations, including x-ray films (not just reports).
- Any information pertaining to prior pediatric pulmonary evaluations - i.e. lab tests, procedures, x-rays, procedure notes, etc.