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Prairie Meadows $225K grant completes Blank STAR & Development Center campaign


Blank Children’s Hospital announced that it has received a $225,000 Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows, a gift that completes the hospital’s $5 million fundraising campaign to build the new STAR (Support Teams for Achieving Resilience) & Developmental Center in West Des Moines, which opened in spring 2020. “This expansion project is core to the mission of Blank Children’s Hospital and helps vulnerable children in our community thrive – despite their circumstances,” said Dr. Steve Stephenson, president and chief operating officer of Blank Children’s Hospital. “Prairie Meadows’ partnership and support means we are able to help more children and families have access to the early interventions and specialized care they need to reach their fullest potential.” The $10 million center, located at 4055 Westown Parkway, is the first free-standing facility built off-campus from Blank Children’s Hospital in its 75-year history. It has served more than 4,150 children since its opening in March 2020. With the expansion, two new providers have been hired, and mental health services have been expanded. The STAR & Developmental Center serves children who are victims of abuse, have been exposed to drugs, are in the foster care system or have physical, behavioral or developmental conditions. In 2012, Blank Children’s opened the first Developmental Center in Central Iowa, with the support of Prairie Meadows.

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