New Specialty Pediatric Outpatient Center Opens in Somerset County

April 01, 2015

Warren, NJ: Children’s Specialized Hospital opened its thirteenth location in New Jersey, expanding its reach and bringing specialty care to children with complex health needs from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. The outpatient center is located at 266 King George Road in Warren, NJ, the first site in Somerset County.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is dedicated to serving children with all types of special health needs and there is a growing need for expanded services within Somerset County which is currently home to at least 15,000 children under the age of 18 with disabilities. Area residents will now have access to specialized pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapies, along with specialized pediatric physician services, all closer to home. 

“We are thrilled to be able to bring therapy closer to home for many of our current patients,” said Patricia Foley, vice president outpatient service for Children’s Specialized Hospital. “There are thousands of children in need of our specialized services, including children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.” 

New Jersey has the highest reported rate of autism in the country. This means that one in every 45 children in the state is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. As autism rates continue to climb, Children’s Specialized Hospital is proud to be the largest provider of autism services in New Jersey as well as a national leader in education, research and early diagnosis.

One of these children benefitting from the autism services of Children’s Specialized Hospital, is six-year-old and Somerset County resident, Ryan Wintermute, whose family recently moved from Union County. For the Wintermute family and so many others, having therapy services so close to home is a big win.

“We’ve been going to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Mountainside location since Ryan was two,” said his mom, Olivia. “Having another location right down the street really makes our lives so much easier. It’s so convenient; Ryan gets off the bus at 4 p.m. and has his occupational therapy appointment at 5 p.m. We don’t have to rush and trek to Mountainside anymore.”

Thanks to BASF, a major corporate partner and donor of Children’s Specialized Hospital and a corporation that aims to combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility in part for funding the site, the new facility is equipped with a large therapy gym, several breakout rooms for individual therapy sessions, and five exam rooms for specialty physicians. 

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 children can achieve more of their goals. 

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