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Jan 28, 2011 9:11 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

New healthcare center opens in Colorado Springs

Most would agree that those who care for developmentally disabled adults have a heavy burden to bear. Early this January a new center, which is called the Developmental Disabilities Health Center, opened in Colorado Springs that specializes for their care.

A partnership between Peak Vista Community Health Centers (PVCHC) and The Research Exchange (TRE) was the driving force that made this healthcare facility a reality. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs and Aspen Pointe are also contributed to the center's birth.

Services that are provided include, but are not limited to: physical and psychological exams, treatment of minor injuries, chronic disease care/management, and routine follow-up care. The facility serves as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers.

One of the highlights of the center is the equipment it houses. Treating individuals with developmental disabilities requires using specialized equipment and diagnostic tools.

"So many times our patients don't even know what they weight when they've been developmentally disabled all their life," says Director of External Relations for PVCHC Lynn Pelz. "So, it's real exciting that we're able to accommodate that for the first time for them."

Other in-house equipment that the center features includes a specialized ultrasound machine that can help pinpoint bladder problems and examination tables that are at chair level. The lower exam tables make it easier for people who are in wheelchairs to move onto the table.

In the El Paso and Teller Counties alone there are "estimated to be as many as 10,851 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and of this number about 7,000 are adults," says Director of Operations for PVCHC David Pump. He adds, "In counties south of Castle Rock, there are about 23,000 adults with I/DD."

Opening the facility cost between $300,000-$400,000 dollars. Since their January 4, 2011 open, they have already had several hundred people patients.

Click here to learn more about the center.

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