The Center for Discovery Children's Specialty Hospital Rock Hill, NY
The Center for Discovery will become the second healthcare provider in New York State to have a unique Children’s Specialty Hospital that is focused on treating patients with complex disabilities. This specialty hospital will be certified by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the NYS Department of Health.
The Center for Discovery’s Children’s Specialty Hospital will provide highly specialized, short-term hospital care of New York State children with significant physical disabilities and complex autism, as well as support and training to their family, caregivers, and school district personnel. The specialty hospital’s intense, integrated assessment and individualized treatment, coupled with the development of effective strategies that can feasibly be carried out at home or in school, will enable each child to successfully live in the least restrictive setting, and prevent potentially long-term residential placement or hospital stays.
OPWDD’s approval in July 2017 of this 18 bed Children’s Specialty Hospital on the Center’s property in Harris, New York, was the culmination of a six-year effort by The Center for Discovery to establish this highly innovative model of care in New York State. Children with complex disabilities from across New York State may qualify for admission and services.
Possible future planning may involve the creation of The Research Institute for Brain and Body Health. The Research Institute will facilitate pioneering studies to inform interventions, techniques, and tools for individuals with autism, complex medical frailties, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and other complex conditions.