Who We Help
Children with special needs and medical complexity
Ongoing advances in medicine, technology, and training are helping children survive illness and injury thought impossible just a decade ago. These advances have helped to create an emerging population of children with medically complex conditions who require ongoing specialized care and rehabilitation throughout their lifetime. These are St. Mary’s Kids. According to a recent study by Children’s Hospital Association, this population is growing at a rate of 5% annually – far outpacing the growth rate of children overall. As the number of children with special needs continues to grow, so too does the demand for St. Mary’s services.
St. Mary’s children are challenged by a broad spectrum of conditions, including chronic illness, serious injury, complications of premature birth, post-surgical programs (including transplant), cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, severe asthma, congenital heart disease, neurological, respiratory, orthopedic disorders, and HIV/AIDS.
These conditions often require long-term, complex, interdisciplinary care from a team of trained pediatric specialists, including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, speech, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers and others.
St. Mary’s considers the patient to be both the child as well as his or her family. Through a family-centered approach to care, we strive to keep families actively involved in care planning and treatment to help them better manage their child’s condition.