Latest Universal Pediatrics News

Universal Pediatrics is one of the premier in-home health care providers in the Midwest. See the latest news stories about Universal Pediatrics below.

15 Years of Compassionate Care


Sheralyn, LPN, of the West Des Moines office celebrated her 15 Year Anniversary with Universal Pediatrics on May 2, 2018. In 15 years Sheralyn has cared for 2 clients. She has developed a special bond with these clients and their families. Thank you Sheralyn for your excellent care and commitment to your clients!

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BIG NEWS: Tuition Reimbursement & Shift Differential


Universal Pediatrics appreciates all that our employees do for our clients, their families, and the company. We encourage the professional and personal development of employees and strive to continue providing benefits to encourage a positive work environment. In an effort to assist employees with their professional development and to remain competitive in the workforce, we are excited to announce that effective May 1, 2018, we will be offering the following for employees: • Tuition reimbursement for full-time and part-time employees • Shift differential of $2/hour to all employees that work between the hours of 7pm – 7am If you are interested in learning more about the new benefits we are offering, please contact the HR Department at 800-383-0303!

Children's Miracle Network Telethon


The Sioux City and Sheldon offices recently volunteered at the St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network Telethon in Sioux City. During their scheduled time, the 2 offices raised $1,500 that went towards 2 new Omni Beds for the NICU and 2 Pediatric Endocopes. Thank you to all who donated!

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Universal Pediatrics Nurse Celebrates 20 Years


It was a honor for the Corporate and Newton offices to recognize and celebrate Karen, LPN, for 20 years of compassionate care with Universal Pediatrics. We deeply appreciate everything Karen has done for our clients, families, and company. In the 20 years she has been with Universal Pediatrics she has only been with 5 different clients. Thank you Karen for your excellent care and dedication!

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A couple of our Universal Pediatric clients were chosen by the Make-A-Wish foundation and took a trip to Disney World!! They both were very excited and as you can see had a magical time!

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Meals from the Hearland


The West Des Moines and Corporate offices recently volunteered packaging meals for the non-profit organization, Meals from the Heartland. In our 2 hour shift, our group along with a few other volunteers packaged 15,336 meals! If you would like to learn more about Meals from the Heartland or how you can support the fight for hunger, please click on the following link:

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2017 Caregiver of the Year


Universal Pediatrics would like to congratulate Carey Scheffler, LPN, as being chosen "Caregiver of the Year" for 2017!! Carey has been with Universal Pediatrics for over 6 years and in that time has been dedicated to the same client. Carey is meticulous with time management, professional, compassionate, flexible, and a great leader. Her peers enjoy working with Carey and have nothing but positive things to say. Carey is an excellent reflection of our company's values and beliefs.

Universal Pediatrics contracts with United Health Care


Universal Pediatrics is pleased to announce as of Friday, December 15th we will be accepting individuals with United Health Care as their Managed Care Organization (MCO). If you would like to learn more about our pediatric home health services, please visit

Sheldon Office collects 112 lbs. of food


The Universal Pediatrics office in Sheldon, Iowa delivered 112 lbs. of food items to their community Food Pantry for O'Brien County. They also collected an abundance of other commodities, such as, personal hygiene items, paper towels, diapers, and more. We are so thankful for all the donations that were received from the community! Happy Holidays!

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Colfax client meets Pittsburgh Steelers


A Universal Pediatrics client from Colfax, Iowa was granted his wish to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in November which was coordinated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Read more to hear about Caleb's adventure and how this was one of the best experiences of his life.

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Alyssa's Story


After 35 surgeries, Alyssa is TRACH FREE!! Universal Pediatrics started providing nursing care to Alyssa in August 2014 when she was an infant and we are so proud and excited to celebrate with her! Read more about the challenges Alyssa has overcome in just a short 3 1/2 years.

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Ride for Miracles


September 18, 2017 was the first day to start the 2nd Annual Ride for Miracles for the St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network in Sioux City, Iowa. This ride will cover nearly 5,000 miles in just 12 days ending on September 29th! The route is through the historic Route 66 and the riders will be stopping at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to meet children and share their story along the way. The journey of the Miracle Riders represents the journey sick and injured kids and babies find themselves part of each and every day. The riders will brave the elements and road conditions and will face situations that represent those of Miracle Kids. Universal Pediatrics was happy to have the opportunity to support this great cause in honor of all our clients and families who face daily challenges but keep persevering! For more information you can go to or follow the riders live by going to and subscribe to St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network.

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Client chosen ISU Kid Caption


We were very excited to hear Braden, a Universal Pediatrics client in Central Iowa, was chosen to be Kid Captain of the Iowa State University vs. University of Northern Iowa's football game that was held on September 2nd. GO BRADEN!!

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Agency gets together for annual team building event


Universal Pediatrics had their annual mid-year team meeting in August. We enjoy utilizing this time for all of our administration and corporate staff to get together for a fun team building event. Because we have an office in South Dakota and 6 offices throughout Iowa, we look forward to this annual meeting to learn more about our peers and enjoy time together. This year we did a team Photo Scavenger Hunt at Adventureland and went to an I-Cubs baseball game in Des Moines, Iowa. Kris, CFO, had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch of the game representing Universal Pediatrics!!

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Sheldon office volunteers for Easter Egg Hunt


The Sheldon Office staff volunteered to help fill easter eggs for their local Children's Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Over 15,000 eggs are hidden each year at the Sheldon City Park for children ages 2-12 years to participate.

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Welcome home, Jack!!


After being in hospitals for the first three years of his life, Jack is going home!! Universal Pediatrics is honored and excited to be a part of Jack's homecoming and to know Jack will be surrounded by his loved ones at home with excellent nursing care. Read more to learn about Jack's story and the obstacles he overcame.

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2016 Caregiver of the Year Nominees


We would like to recognize the nurses who were nominated for the 2016 "Caregiver of the Year" award: -Stephanie P., Carroll Office, West Central Iowa -Amy C., West Des Moines Office, Central Iowa -Donna H., West Des Moines Office, Central Iowa -Linda M., Sioux City, Western Iowa -Joan L., Sheldon Office, Northwest Iowa -Carley M., Dubuque Office, Eastern Iowa -Chantelle F., South Dakota Office -Ashley S., South Dakota Office CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!

2016 Caregivers of the Year!


We are excited to announce our 2016 "Caregiver of the Year" winners!! Melisa O., LPN of the Newton Office in East Central Iowa and Jessica S., RN, of the South Dakota Office were selected as Universal Pediatrics Caregivers of the Year for 2016. Melisa is being presented her award by Tucker Anderson, CEO, and Jessica was presented her award by Ashley J., RN, Administrator. There were many great nurses that were nominated for this prestige award, but Melisa and Jessica met all requirements to receive this honor. These ladies have shown excellent leadership skills by being mentors for their peers, conducting consistent communication with their office and clients, produce solutions to challenges that occur, creating tools to assist new staff, and always putting their clients needs first. We thank you and all of the nurses that provide excellent nursing care to our clients!

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Universal Pediatric client receives new adaptive tricycle


Thank you AMBUCS, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities, for helping a Universal Pediatrics client receive a new adaptive tricycle. Now he and his twin brother can ride together!

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Universal Pediatrics gives back


In September 2016, our agency held its annual Summer Sizzle event at Wildwood Hills Ranch. This is an event where we have team building exercises where our administration staff learn ways to improve leadership skills and different ways to communicate in a positive manner in stressful situations. We also wanted to take this opportunity to give back. With the help of Michael’s craft store and Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa, Universal Pediatrics will be donating 1,000 keepsake boxes for children attending this upcoming summer’s camp at Wildwood Hills. Wildwood Hills Ranch is a 400 acre non-profit facility where at-risk children ages 8-18 come to receive healing, hope, and God’s unconditional love. It was founded in 2001 and was created to help transform lives and strengthen communities. The counselors offer a safe and fun environment and teach character, leadership, and teamwork to the kids who haven’t had the opportunities to experience this type of environment. For 1 day each month starting in No

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New office in Dubuque, Iowa


We are very excited to announce the opening of our new office in Dubuque, Iowa!! Besides our new location in Dubuque, Universal Pediatrics also has office locations in Carroll, Mason City, Newton, Sheldon, Sioux City, and West Des Moines, Iowa. With our new location our Iowa Service Area has been updated with a new region. Please take a minute to see our new Iowa Service Map.

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MCO Announcement


We are excited to inform you that Universal Pediatrics has contracted with AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc and Amerigroup Iowa, Inc. Universal Pediatrics is committed to partnering with both agencies to ensure each and every client continues to receive the highest quality care they have become accustomed to.

2015 Caregiver of the Year Award


CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah L., RN, for being chosen 2015's "Caregiver of the Year"!!! Sarah has been with Universal Pediatrics since 2013 and provides cares to clients with our Wisconsin Office. One of the many reasons Sarah was chosen for this award is because of her dedication and commitment to her clients and their families. Sarah has gone above and beyond her nursing responsibilities by picking up extra shifts, volunteering to take on additional projects, as well as, training multiple nurses in the proper cares for clients with very complex medical needs. Sarah is so dedicated to her clients and her job that she has not called in for a single shift since she has started with the agency in 2013. Sarah is truly a compassionate nurse who always has her client's best interest at heart. Due to Sarah's passion for providing the highest quality care to her pediatric clients, Sarah attended many training sessions in order to expand her knowledge regarding trach cares, ventilator support, g-tube feedings, TP

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Universal Pediatric client makes unforgettable friendships with Barnstormers Team


A Universal Pediatric client with our Carroll Office in Iowa has made some unforgettable friendships with the Iowa Barnstormers Team. The Iowa Barnstormers are an indoor professional football team based in Des Moines, Iowa. Watch this young girl's story of how the Barnstormers look up to her and how they look forward to seeing her at every home game.

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New Office location in Sioux City, Iowa


Due to growth, Universal Pediatrics has opened a new office location in Sioux City, Iowa. The Sioux City Office will provide skilled nursing services in Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford counties and will be known as the Western Region of Iowa. We are excited and proud to continue providing quality care for our existing clients and look forward to assisting new clients receive nursing care at home surrounded by their loved ones.

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2014 "Caregiver of the Year"


Krystal, RN, from the Mason City Office has been awarded "Caregiver of the Year"!! Read more to learn about Krystal and why she was nominated for this prestigious award.

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National Home Care Month


November is National Home Care Month, and we want to honor all the caregivers who make a difference everyday in a patient and families lives. Thank you to all the caregivers who provide excellent care to patients and bring comfort to families and surrounding loved ones.

Iowa Alliance in Home Care Conference & Expo


Universal Pediatrics are proud members of the Iowa Alliance in Home Care and will be exhibiting at this year's IAHC Annual Conference & Expo on June 26th at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Members of our Managment Team will also be attending the conference to learn what's changing and what's new in the home care industry. The theme of this year's conference is "Change is at the Door" highlighting that providers need to embrace change and ready to take action. If interested in learning more about the IAHC conference and presenters, read more...

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Iowa Special Olympics


Congratulations to one of Universal Pediatrics clients from our Mason City Office in Iowa!! This young man qualified to participate in the Iowa Special Olympics state competition held in Ames, IA on May 23rd. He competed in the boys Electric Wheelchair Race and was cheered on by the Mason City Clinical Nurse Managers, his nurse who cares for him at home, friends, and family!! Read more to learn about the Iowa Special Olympics and go to our Facebook Page to see pictures!!

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Introducing transition of companies to Universal Pediatrics


Beginning May 1, 2014, Ultimate Nursing Services and Universal Pediatric Services will be known under one recognizable name, Universal Pediatrics. Read more on how Tucker Anderson, Owner/CEO, was approached with the opportunity to consolidate the two companies and the changes of our new logo and colors.

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National Association for Home Care & Hospice


The Corporate Management Team for Universal Pediatric Services attended this year’s 2013 National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 31 – November 3. There were over 175 educational offerings and close to 275 exhibitors. The annual meeting was beneficial for our agency to attend to connect with colleagues who share the same concerns and issues, to advocate for the home care and hospice industry at a national level, learn best practices, and to view the future to see what home care and hospice can become. Two of our Compliance Officers, Jan M. and Tracy G., arrived before the conference to attend an ICD-10 training seminar. Jan and Tracy were listed as faculty and presented for the 2nd year at the Annual Meeting and Exposition. Their topic was entitled: “We Have to Comply with Medicare CoPs? But We’re a Pediatric Agency”. Their presentation was well received and contained valuable information which was shared among the partici

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Caregiver of the Year


Universal Pediatric Services awards Metessa, RN, from the Minnesota Branch as "Caregiver of the Year"!! Metessa has been a nurse with Universal Pediatrics since 2009. She is punctual to work, works all scheduled hours, and is flexible when a schedule change may occur unexpectedly. Metessa is always communicating with the Minnesota Branch if there are medical changes with her client providing excellent continuity of care. She also assists with orienting and training new nurses when needed. Congratulations Metessa, and thank you for your dedication to our clients and families!! Presenting award is the Minnesota Branch Office.

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"Meals from the Heartland"


Ultimate Nursing Services was proud to volunteer and support this year's "Meals from the Heartland" Annual Hunger Fight. This non-profit organization has thousands of volunteers help package meals each year. The 2013 Annual Hunger Fight's goal was to package 5 million meals, and in just 4 days 5,171,040 meals were packaged for distribution to people around the globe. Read more if you would like to learn how to volunteer with "Meals from the Heartland".

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A Charitable Contribution to Peach's Neet Feet


Universal Pediatric and Ultimate Nursing Services was proud to make their charitable contribution in 2012 to Peach’s Neet Feet. Since 2011, Peach’s Neet Feet has been donating hand painted canvas shoes to children battling serious illnesses and disabilities. From our agency’s donation, 10 pairs of shoes will be custom painted and delivered to these children.

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Ultimate Nursing


Read an interview with Ultimate Nursing Services CEO Tucker Anderson in which he addresses the mission of the company and the value of home health care.

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NOVEMBER Is National Home Care & Hospice Month


Each November, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrates National Home Care Month, National Hospice Month, and Home Care Aide Week (November 14-20th) to honor care giving heroes who make a remarkable difference in the lives of patients and the families they serve.

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Universal Pediatric Services First Quarter 2011 Physician Survey Results


We are excited to share the results of our 1st quarter 2011 physician Survey. Physicians from across the 5 service areas of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin provided the following feedback to our survey questions.

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Iowa Lions Eye Bank Recognizes Ultimate Nursing Services


Iowa Lions Eye Bank Executive Director, Cindy Reed RN, PhD, presented Ultimate Nursing Serves CEO, Tucker Anderson, with a plaque to recognize their commitment to the restoration of sight.

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Top-Ranked Businesses in Central Iowa


Ultimate Nursing Services and Universal Pediatric Services were voted the #1 and #2 women-owned businesses in central Iowa, respectively. The companies were also ranked as the area's top two home health care providers, according to number of registered nurses. Featured in the Des Moines Business Record 2010 Book of Lists.

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Home Health-Care Business Venture Hits 20-Year Mark


After 20 years of providing in-home care, Connie Freeman, owner of Universal Pediatric Services, discusses the origins of the company and today's growing demand for home health care nurses. Featured in the Des Moines Business Record.

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