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HOMEWOOD - Children’s of Alabama and Lakeshore Foundation have partnered to provide pediatric clinical and therapy services on the campus of Lakeshore Foundation.
The new facility, called Children’s at Lakeshore, is located at 3600 Ridgeway Drive, and offers physician care by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and therapy services by Children’s of Alabama’s Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology staff members.
Children’s at Lakeshore serves children and adolescents with acute onset or chronically disabling conditions who can benefit from the combination of a medically-based model of care and community-based healthy living and transitional services. This unique collaboration is designed to help each child achieve their highest level of independence.
“Lakeshore Foundation and Children’s of Alabama have enjoyed a successful partnership for many years, today we are excited to welcome Children’s to our campus,” said Lakeshore President Jeff Underwood. “We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration and strengthening our relationship with Children’s so that more parents and their children with physical disabilities can learn about opportunities available to them at Lakeshore.”
All patient referrals to Children’s at Lakeshore will be made primarily by the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine physicians following an inpatient rehabilitation stay or clinic appointment. Referrals will be made based on potential patient benefit from the therapeutic services offered at this location.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Lakeshore Foundation in opening Children’s at Lakeshore,” said Heather Baty, Children’s Divisional Director of Ambulatory Operations. “Bringing the Children’s at Lakeshore facility to the Foundation campus will provide an opportunity for a more seamless transition to support our patients in pursuing an active lifestyle.”
Medical professionals will evaluate and provide these patients with a customized and comprehensive rehabilitation, physical, occupational, and/or speech-language therapy treatment program specifically designed for their needs in an outpatient program. To help a child meet their full potential, their progress, outcomes, and address future concerns, Baty said.
About Lakeshore Foundation
Lakeshore Foundation is a nonprofit organization located in Birmingham, Alabama that provides opportunity for people with a physical disability or chronic health condition to be active and independent through physical activity, research and advocacy & policy.
Our aquatics, fitness, recreation and athletic programs get everyone moving. We are distinct as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site that brings elite athletes from across the globe to train and compete.
Our UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative develops and evaluates new programs and technology in exercise, sport science, health promotion and rehabilitation engineering.
Our advocacy and policy team invites people with and without disabilities to be engaged, informed and empowered to create partnerships that promote inclusion, access and equal representation in our local, national and global policy initiatives.
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, part of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative housed at Lakeshore, works to improve the health and wellness of people with disability by supporting accessible and inclusive public health promotion programs. NCHPAD also provides individualized information through web-based materials and health communication.
About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.