First Health Center for Medical Needs Kids Opens in Houston

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Houston’s first and Texas’ second prescribed pediatric extended care center (PPECC) for medically fragile children has opened. Joycare Kids provides medically-vulnerable children with developmentally age appropriate education and activities in a safe and engaging environment. Approximately 100 people attended the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on January 11, 2019. Joycare is located at 6440 Sands Point Drive.

According to state health officials, approximately 160,000 children with significant medical needs require around the clock care in Texas. Joycare provides children with medical needs an alternative to private duty nursing, which results in the child being isolated at home. Joycare allows children with medical disabilities to have a similar daycare experience as their non-disabled peers, and allows families to build a community with one another.

Newborns to 20-year-olds with various medical needs, including tube feeding, tracheotomy care, and oxygen administration, are welcome at Joycare. In addition, children are able to receive physical, speech and occupational therapy while there. Parents are assured their child will receive optimum care, engage in exploratory learning activities, and have fun.

“We are thrilled to provide kids and parents with this kind of health center,” said Cottichia Burke, MA, CCC-SLP, administrator of Joycare. “Knowing your child will be well cared for throughout the day is the assurance parents need to go to work, or just for respite.”

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