UR Medicine expanding special needs care to Southern Tier

UR Medicine is expanding its special needs care to the Southern Tier. (Logo: UR Medicine)

UR Medicine is expanding its special needs care to the Southern Tier.

Due to a new agreement between Corning Incorporated and UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, children with autism and and intellectual and development disabilities in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties will be able to receive care closer to home.

The agreement paves the way for hundreds of Southern Tier families to be able to more efficiently use the medical resources at UR Medicine and within their home communities.

“We know how challenging it can be for families to come to Rochester for care,” said Raymond Mayewski, M.D., former Chief Medical Officer and Vice President at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). “This program reflects our desire to bring specialty services to smaller communities such as Corning, and we hope this is the first in a deepening relationship with Corning to improve health care for its employees and others in the region.”

The strategy will employ a three-pronged approach to provide services to children with IDD, coordinated through Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and paid for by Corning.

  1. Assessment: Focus groups and family interviews will help the UR Medicine team understand the strengths and needs of the region. Partnerships with community agencies and organizations will allow for the development of a network of resources, helping to better connect families with already-existing services.
  2. Navigation: A plan of care will be developed for each patient, and once needs are identified, families will be assisted in connecting with available services. Local resources will be prioritized, but families will also be connected with resources further away from home when necessary.
  3. Telemedicine: When appropriate, follow-up medical care or behavioral therapy programs will be available to patients and families in the comfort of their home or school. This not only saves families time by cutting out the commute to Rochester, but also provides a respite from other challenges that can accompany those trips; many youth with developmental disorders find travel to be especially difficult.

“For the families from this region to travel here for care, they basically have to take a full day off of work or school,” said Lynn Cole, N.P., Director of Clinical Services for UR Medicine’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. “To overcome that distance barrier is really exciting.”

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