Hearing and Speech Center and Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes Now Open at Shadelands in Walnut Creek
WALNUT CREEK, CA (October, 24, 2013) – The UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Walnut Creek Campus has just completed a large-scale expansion to now include a unique Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes and comprehensive Speech and Hearing Center.
With the opening of the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes, Children's Oakland expands its highly regarded pediatric sports medicine program. The Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes is the only program in Northern California to work exclusively with young athletes. The new, 6,000 sq. ft. center offers state-of-the-art sports performance equipment specifically designed for young bodies.
Dr. Nirav K. Pandya, Director of Children’s Pediatric Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Program says, “The newly expanded Sports Medicine Center in Walnut Creek is a one-of-a-kind facility in Northern California for the young athlete, providing comprehensive care not only for the injured athlete, but also for athletes interested in improving their performance through motion analysis, strength & conditioning services, nutrition, and sports performance enhancement programs. We hope to make this Center the premier destination for all orthopaedic and sports medicine needs for the many young athletes in our area."
The program seeks to facilitate a young athlete's quick and safe return to the enjoyment of sports through ongoing rehabilitation, education and training. Services include physical therapy for sports-related injuries in children and adolescents, specialized treatment for developing bones and joints, sports performance enhancement, and injury prevention education. The center will also have a state-of-the-art body scanner which will provide images that allow training and conditioning to be tailored to specific to body types.
The newly opened Hearing and Speech Center in Walnut Creek provides a unique setting specifically designed to test and treat children with hearing loss, those who are at risk for hearing loss, or who demonstrate speech or developmental delays.
“The new center gives us an opportunity to better serve children, physicians and educators who are in the surrounding communities. It allows us to reach a larger population of children and provide them with a wide-range of hearing and speech services,” says Children’s Speech and Language Director Kelly Tremmel-Howell.
The center offers comprehensive newborn hearing screenings and expands the reach of Children’s Cochlear Implant (CI) Program, one of the leading pediatric audiology services in Northern California. Specialists at the center also conduct evaluations for Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), auditory brainstem response (ABR), and perform audiologic behavioral assessments. Auditory training and aural habilitation/rehabilitation are also available.
Speech and language services are designed for infants and children with hearing
loss, and those with speech and language delays. Services include speech therapy for articulation, language, phonetics, resonance, stuttering and voice disorders.
In addition to the Sports Medicine Center and the Hearing and Speech Center, Children’s Walnut Creek campus also offers a wide range of 100% pediatric subspecialty care, as well as outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging. Subspecialty practices include endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, general Surgery, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, nutrition, occupational therapy, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, psychiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology. The surgery center is a child-friendly surgical environment staffed by pediatric-trained anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses and technicians, providing unparalleled safety and comfort for patients and their families. Board-certified anesthesiologists are fellowship-trained in pediatric anesthesia and are in full-time pediatric practice. The campus also offers diagnostic imaging performed by pediatric radiologists who are trained to diagnose illnesses and medical conditions of infants and children. For more information about the new Walnut Creek campus, go to http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/departments-services/141.aspx
About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics. Children’s Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopaedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in the region, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California. Children’s Oakland has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 31 specialties, more than 2,200 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children’s is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.
Children’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its basic and clinical research. CHORI is at the forefront of translating research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 250 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top ten research centers for National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.
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