Special Needs of Greater Piedmont, in partnership with Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, will host the third community forum on Building the Medical Infrastructure in Greater Piedmont. The event will be hosted from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, 22 June 2013 at the Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center (formerly known as Heathcote Health Center) in Haymarket, Virginia.
The healthcare network includes the main hospital in Manassas, Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center (formerly known as Heathcote Health Center), and the new hospital facility under development in Haymarket, Virginia: http://www.myhaymarkethospital.org/. Prince William Health System is operating under the new name of Novant Health Prince William Medical Center as of April 1, 2013. This organizational shift is part of a broader unification strategy in the regional health system known as Novant Health.
The discussion will focus upon healthcare services and supports in this rapidly-growing region, especially for those who live in western Prince William County and surrounding areas. The primary audience will be parents of children with disabilities and developmental delays, and other organizational leaders in the community. We hope to create a positive atmosphere for community-partnered action working with the hospital team for the benefit of the broader population. This is an exciting and proactive opportunity to directly impact the systems that support our children through a community forum.
There is no cost to attend; only a reservation in advance is needed due to limited venue capacity. Kindly register to attend on Eventbrite. We hope you can join us for this historic event!
History of the Event:
Building the Medical Infrastructure in Greater Piedmont was first held on Saturday, 16 June 2012 and was attended by experts and parents from across the region. Families in the community of special needs gathered in Haymarket, Virginia with the leadership of Prince William Health System (now Novant Health Prince William Medical Center) to discuss three fundamental questions:
1. What medical supports and services do you wish had been available during your early years of evaluation and treatment?
2. What medical supports and services would benefit you and your family today?
3. Based on your personal experiences, what medical supports and services would benefit the community of special needs in the future?
The hospital listened to the collective voices of our community, and graciously offered to join together during the second community forum on Saturday, 6 October 2012. A newly-formed team of cross-functional specialists came to share with us about the evolution of services in our area for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
The leadership announced many proactive efforts in response to our June feedback. The hospital is creating a designated room in the Heathcote Emergency Room to serve children with special needs; an active hospital committee with a range of specialists has been formed to look at the pediatric population of special needs, in response to our request to build the services of this region; and hiring is planned in the future - the types of experts and specialties that could benefit the children in the community. Participants in the October event had the chance to tour the Emergency Room facilities, and provide inputs for a space to serve children with special needs, as well as the broader population of children in our community. This type of grassroots process provides an excellent example of patient- and family-centered care practices seen at leading healthcare systems across the Nation.
The October 2012 event represented a milestone anniversary for our collaborative efforts. Special Needs of Greater Piedmont first reached out to the hospital leadership team during October 2011 and has been able to share ideas, information and insights to help shape the future of healthcare in this rapidly-growing region.
Past topics presented by subject-matter experts to the families in our network also include Tax Policy and the Special Needs family; Special Needs Trusts and Ways to Fund Them; and Guardianship and Special Needs.
About Smart Beginnings:
Kendra Kielbasa, the Director of Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William joined our dialogue with Prince William Health System during our second discussion on building the medical infrastructure for special needs. Through this event, Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William invited the families in Special Needs of Greater Piedmont to participate in a collaborative research project through James Madison University.
Smart Beginnings is a community-partnered initiative funded by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). According to the organizational brochure, “Smart Beginnings communities are eligible for a series of grants to support their infrastructure development, strategic planning, and enhancements to early childhood systems.”
Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William launched a school readiness initiative in June of 2011 through a $50,000 planning grant from VECF and the PNC Foundation, and has been conducting a comprehensive community assessment of early learning needs in the Prince William region.
Through the pioneering leadership of Kendra Kielbasa at Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William and Dr. Teresa Harris, professor of early childhood education and researcher from James Madison University (JMU), our network was given a monumental opportunity to work together as a community to enrich the quality of life for families of children with developmental delays and disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As a natural outgrowth of our efforts in Building the Medical Infrastructure in Greater Piedmont, our network of families with special needs participated in a study that explored the broader conceptual framework for early childhood education and assessed current needs in the state of Virginia.
The researcher conducted the study through a small focus group at Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center on Tuesday, 15 January 2013. Results from this scholarly inquiry may reach our political leaders, and therefore have the unprecedented potential of serving as a transformative agent in the development of social and public policy. The findings will be presented to the legislature as part of an assessment of the state of early childhood in Virginia.
The broader study will look toward local and regional boundaries in understanding the universal journey of children in our community, and the unique journey faced by families of special needs. The scope of the study will also look comparatively across states as the researchers seek to capture the needs and challenges of our youngest citizens in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Special Needs of Greater Piedmont
Special Needs of Greater Piedmont is a network dedicated to enriching the quality of life for children with developmental delays and disabilities in our community.