Special Needs Primary Care Available at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Hamilton

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Children’s Specialized Hospital announced the opening of Special Needs Primary Care adding to its breath of services for children with complex medical needs and their families in Mercer County.

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Dr. Matthew McDonald examines a child with complex medical health needs. Children's Specialized Hospital opens new Specialty Care Pediatrics in Hamilton, NJ

We offer everything you would find in a typical pediatrician’s office including sick and well visits but also the specialized coordination of services required to help children with complex medical needs

Children’s Specialized Hospital announced the opening of Special Needs Primary Care adding to its breath of services for children with complex medical needs and their families in Mercer County. The outpatient center is located at 3575 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, NJ.

“Ultimately, the goal of our practice is to provide much needed, comprehensive care to children with medical complexity and their families,” said Matthew B. McDonald III, M.D., Chief of Special Needs Pediatrics at Children’s Specialized Hospital. “We offer everything you would find in a typical pediatrician’s office including sick and well visits but also the specialized coordination of services required to help children with complex medical needs.”

Children’s Specialized Hospital is dedicated to serving children with all types of special health needs from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities to developmental and behavioral issues like Autism.

These children benefit from coordinated care provided by a team equipped to deliver the resources necessary to improve the health of children who are fragile or at-risk. The team at Special Needs Primary Care includes doctors, care coordinators, social workers, therapists, nurses and staff members who are prepared to care for children who need extra resources to reach their goals.

In this practice, Children’s Specialized Hospital helps children and families negotiate not only the complex medical care, but the school systems as well. The doctors are experienced in caring for children with a variety of special needs and the care coordinators help make sure children get the medications, services and equipment they need to thrive. The care coordinators and social workers also help advocate for our patient’s medical and behavioral health needs.

Who is eligible for the practice? Children with complex medical needs and their siblings; this includes but is not limited to children with:

  • Technology dependence, ventilator, monitors etc.
  • Down syndrome
  • Prematurity
  • Muscle Diseases
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Metabolic disease
  • Poorly controlled chronic disease
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Rare diseases     
  • Spina Bifida
  • Undiagnosed conditions

What is different about this practice? In order to care for complex children, the following characteristics distinguish this practice from a typical pediatrician’s office:

  • Care coordinators help patients negotiate health system
  • Social worker available to help patients
  • Doctors work every day with children with special needs
  • Longer visits available to address needs of patients
  • Main focus is helping children with complex needs

How does a child enroll? Call (609) 631-2811 or visit: http://www.childrens-specialized.org

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals. To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit http://www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital

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