Hamil­ton Health Care Sys­tem to hold ground­break­ing for world-class chil­dren’s in­sti­tute in Dal­ton

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DAL­TON, Ga. – Hamil­ton Health Care Sys­tem will hold a ground­break­ing for its re­cently an­nounced Anna Shaw Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute on Thurs­day, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Brown Con­fer­ence Cen­ter on the cam­pus of Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The pub­lic is in­vited.

“We hope you’ll join us for this cel­e­bra­tion,” said Terri Woodruff, RN, di­rec­tor of the in­sti­tute. “The Anna Shaw Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute will pro­vide spe­cial­ized ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies in our re­gion and will pre­vent many fam­i­lies from hav­ing to drive long dis­tances for treat­ment.”

Ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Anna Sue Shaw, the In­sti­tute will be a re­gional leader of and ad­vo­cate for the care of chil­dren who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the chal­lenges of autism spec­trum dis­or­der, at­ten­tion-deficit/hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der or de­vel­op­men­tal de­lays. The In­sti­tute will serve the fam­i­lies of North­west Georgia, as well as neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion and be­yond.

With de­sign ele­ments in­spired by the style of a tree house, the In­sti­tute will be lo­cated in a serene en­vi­ron­ment re­flec­tive of the nat­u­ral beauty that ex­ists in our re­gion. Fam­i­lies will be able to re­ceive di­ag­noses, treat­ment and sup­port, all un­der one roof.

Fo­cus­ing on early in­ter­ven­tion, The In­sti­tute will pro­vide cog­ni­tive, psy­cho­log­i­cal and de­vel­op­men­tal eval­u­a­tions to en­sure the as­sess­ment of each child’s in­di­vid­ual skill set and to iden­tify ap­pro­pri­ate ther­apy ser­vices to max­i­mize the child’s de­vel­op­ment. Avail­able ther­a­pies for chil­dren will in­clude phys­i­cal ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, speech ther­apy and feed­ing ther­apy. Psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices will pro­vide as­sis­tance to chil­dren and fam­i­lies through in­di­vid­ual coun­sel­ing, fam­ily coun­sel­ing and be­hav­ioral sup­port ser­vices. A treat­ment nav­i­ga­tor – a ded­i­cated In­sti­tute em­ployee – will sup­port fam­i­lies through the di­ag­nos­tic and treat­ment pro­cesses.

Hamil­ton is re­cruit­ing high­lyqual­i­fied spe­cial­ists in the ar­eas of de­vel­op­men­tal pe­di­atrics, child and ado­les­cent psy­chi­a­try and psy­chol­ogy. The In­sti­tute will em­ploy a staff of na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized ex­perts in the study and treat­ment of autism spec­trum dis­or­der. Ad­di­tion­ally, Hamil­ton providers will col­lab­o­rate and bring in neu­rol­ogy, ge­net­ics, gas­troen­terol­ogy and other pe­di­atric sub-spe­cial­ists to treat pa­tients.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March 2019.

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