Blank Children's Hospital opened a new children's developmental center, serving children with developmental and physical disabilities, in January. It is estimated that 6,000 Iowa children need developmental services every year. The Blank Children's Developmental Center will provide early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for these children.
The specially trained, multidisciplinary team of medical providers and therapists will develop a unique comprehensive program for each child. The goal will be to provide every child with the opportunity to receive care early in their development to maximize his or her potential
Candidates for diagnosis and treatment at the Blank Children's Developmental Center include children with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and other developmental or physical disorders. Newborns with hearing or eyesight deficits and toddlers with gait abnormalities may also receive diagnosis and treatment.
Approximately 17 percent of all children born in the United States have a developmental or behavioral disability. Of these children, less than half are properly diagnosed before the age of five, by which time they face significant delays in cognitive, social, and physical development. Unfortunately, these delays have lifelong ramifications for the children; limiting their potential and quality of life.
"The Developmental Center has been a dream of our organization's for many years," says David Stark, FACHE, president of Blank Children's. "Our donor community supported this dream by financially supporting the project - giving nearly $3 million to create this center. We truly could not have accomplished this without them."
Four providers are located at the Blank Children's Developmental Center, including two physicians: Nate Noble, DO, specializes in both developmental-behavioral pediatrics and clinical genetics, and Justin Ramsey, MD, specializes in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation. Additionally, a multi-disciplinary team supports the providers in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. That team includes: Audiology, Child Life, Neurology, Psychology, Orthopaedics, Social Work, Therapists and other pediatric specialists as needed.
"Our goal is to make the Blank Children's Developmental Center a 70-year investment for all patients," Stark says. "In other words, early diagnosis has a lifelong impact on children, and thus, this facility will have a multi-decade impact on thousands of families in Iowa."
For more information visit http://www.blankchildrens.org/developmental-center.aspx