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Cerebral Palsy Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE, USA 19803 | Get Map & Directions »


World-Class Care

There’s a wealth of reasons why our Cerebral Palsy Center, physicians and care model at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are world-renowned:

 
Physician Expertise
  • Our physicians have trained scores of new physicians from all over the world in the best ways to treat children with cerebral palsy (CP). Each year they present their latest findings at international conferences. Their research and professional journal articles help advance the field of CP care for all physicians and the children in their care.
  • Our Cerebral Palsy Center specialists have experience with all forms of CP, so we can recommend the perfect combination of treatments for your child. In fact, our orthopedic physicians alone have more than 50 years of experience treating kids with CP.
 
Scope of Children Treated
  • Our center is one of a very few in the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated solely to caring for children with cerebral palsy, and treats more than 3,000 children each year.
  • And, each year, our doctors see kids with CP from all over the United States and from countries as far away as China, Turkey, Venezuela and Peru.
 
Model of Care
  • The research we conduct helps us know when to treat a child with CP conservatively and when to recommend surgical treatment.
  • We offer comprehensive, full-service care for CP and CP-like conditions.
  • We customize all children’s treatment for their very specific individual needs.
  • At the Cerebral Palsy Center, we offer enhanced, coordinated care, so you can see all the specialists you need in the same day. When you first call us, a trained nurse will help decide which doctor, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner will be best for you. After that, you’ll have one main doctor and one consistent, trained contact person to help you navigate and conveniently schedule all of your child’s appointments.
  • Our Cerebral Palsy Center experts help children achieve their maximum function. If your child needs surgery or a cast, we won’t typically recommend a full body cast, unlike most other hospitals. Just like you, we want your child to be able to move or walk as soon as possible, so we’ll use walking casts and boots whenever possible. This is called, “immediate mobilization.” Other hospitals look to us as a pioneer in this approach internationally.
  • As part of our family-centered care, we’ll invite you to participate in team “roundings” on your child’s care with the doctors and other professionals on the care team. And we’ll invite you to any education and support groups that might be related to your child’s condition.
 
Advanced Technology
  • We were one of the first and are still one of the few pediatric facilities to offer a computer-assisted Gait Analysis Laboratory. The lab helps us diagnose problems with gait (how a person walks) and can help inform treatment plans, including more precise information for surgery, orthotics, physical and occupational therapy. The lab is instrumental in our ability to achieve excellent outcomes and improved functionality for our patients.
  • At the Cerebral Palsy Center, we’re among the leaders in the field using tablet technology to more rapidly and completely inform our physicians and families like yours about your child’s status.
    When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll enter the latest information on your child’s condition and history. During the examination, our nursing staff will also use tablet technology to record details about the visit. Our physicians — and you — can instantly generate a full record of your visit, the treatment plan and recommendations. The data collected will help us deliver enhanced patient and family-centered care, and provide you with the information you may need to make decisions regarding treatments, as well as provide you with a more precise expectation of possible risks or side effects involved. The information will also help us with safety and patient monitoring, and allow us to track and continuously improve patient care outcomes, as well as patient and family satisfaction. 
  • It’s all integrated into NemoursLink, our award-winning electronic health records system. It’s a secure, online environment that connects all phases of care for your child — inpatient, outpatient, at home and at the referring physician's office. 
  • Through Student Health Collaboration, NemoursLink offers Delaware families enhanced care and connections throughout the state, by allowing Delaware public school nurses, who are licensed healthcare providers, to be a part of a child’s care team. With your permission, the school nurse can access current medical information such as medications, diagnosis information, treatment plans and care instructions to help the team provide better care while your child is in school.
 
Reputation for Excellence

Our quality of care is well-documented. We’re ranked among the top six children’s hospitals in the country for orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report. Our pediatric orthopedists have also been selected as some of the Best Doctors in America®, year after year.

Awards

All of our Cerebral Palsy Center physicians, nurses, therapists and other specialists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are constantly looking at ways to deliver ever-improving, internationally-renowned care.

Some recent developments:
 
Our Gait Lab Is One of Only Seven in the Country to Earn Full Accreditation

Feb. 2014 —The Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation (CMLA) awarded the Gait Analysis Laboratory at duPont Hospital for Children with full accreditation for demonstrating the highest level of clinical and technical excellence in movement analysis. The lab, created in 1993, uses computer-assisted technology to identify abnormalities in movement. This helps our clinicians to better tailor their treatment recommendations. The lab is one of only seven in the country with full accreditation, and the only one in the region based in a pediatric hospital.

 
Therapy Services & Facilities Earn Distinction

Jan. 2014 — Our inpatient and outpatient Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Services at duPont Hospital for Children earned a prestigious reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. This points to the excellence of the physical, occupational and speech therapy we deliver — another way you can be sure your child is receiving some of the best care in the country.

Testimonials

Stories from patients who’ve been there:
  • Cerebral Palsy: Melissa
    Cerebral Palsy: Melissa

    Melissa Pileiro is a former patient of Dr. Freeman Miller at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. From the moment her parents first found out she had cerebral palsy at 18 months old, there ...


Recent Testimonials

  • "Dr. Miller is a legend; honest, caring, informative to students, mentor to staff and administration, his professional example should be valued and evaluated, a scholar, open minded to new advances, a pioneer, an asset to your organization."
  • "Dr. Freeman Miller has a very nice way of handling patients. He is very gentle and kind."
  • "Dr. Miller and his team were awesome! My daughter has been his patient for 12+ years — love Dr. Miller very much."
  • "We think Dr. Dabney is wonderful, and so intelligent, and caring the way he listens to parents concerns as well as cares for his patients. He’s a rare gem."
  • "Dr. Dabney exceeds all expectations. He is one of a kind — phenomenal. Every Dr. involved in my son's care was outstanding. Very patient with a nervous mom and very sweet to my son."
  • "I am a mom of a child with Cerebral Palsy. I respect Dr. Dabney enormously — as a professional and a mom."
  • "Dr. Connor, physician's assistants and techs all did an amazing job with our daughter. They all made her feel relaxed."
  • "This was our first time meeting Dr. Bachrach and he was very reassuring, friendly and even wrote a note to get back into daycare!"
  • "Dr. Bachrach is an expert in his area, he is thoughtful, and he is one of the nicest people I have ever encountered. My son is very lucky to have Dr. Bachrach’s support."

Outcomes

Approximately 500 patients are seen annually by Dr. Miller and more than 1,300 CP patients are managed by the team. We’re proud to be able to help so many young lives, and even more proud to have excellent outcomes to show for it, especially in satisfaction rate with caregivers.

  • Postoperative Satisfaction

    The team has performed more than 600 spine fusions in children with CP. An 8-year postoperative follow-up finds that the satisfaction rate among caregivers is at a truly impressive 98 percent.

  • Documented Gait Improvement

    Our use of the gait and motion analysis laboratory and subsequent treatment allows patients to continue to enjoy an improved gait at 26 years of age, based on a review of 60 representative patients.

  • Spasticity Treatment Satisfaction

    The team has implanted 350 baclofen pumps in children with spasticity problems, yielding:

    • 81 percent satisfaction rate among caregivers
    • 87 percent would recommend the procedure to others


mother and daughter at the Cerebral Palsy Center

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