Penfield’s Special Care Nursery Provides Families with Needed Support

Nov. 9, 2012

Like other families with children experiencing serious health issues, medical conditions, and developmental delays at Penfield Children’s Center, Joandy and her son Myles, age 1, have relied on Penfield’s Special Care Nursery to provide medical care, therapy, and education early in the Myles’ development.

Myles came to Penfield’s Special Care Nursery when he was seven months-old with profound medical and physical needs. He was born with Down syndrome, an atrioventricular (AV) canal defect, and tetralogy Fallot – a condition characterized by underdeveloped chambers and holes in the heart – resulting in him needing two heart surgeries, one of which was required shortly after birth.

Joandy knew that Myles not only needed specialized care but also had to be in an environment that would focus on his distinct needs and provide individualized attention. After her first visit at Penfield’s Special Care Nursery, Joandy knew that Myles would receive the best child care in Milwaukee from a warm, knowledgeable staff of registered nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and care partners.


While at Penfield, licensed therapists help develop Myles’ skills as he grows by providing him with occupational, physical, and speech therapies. The Special Care Nursery also supports his family by encouraging questions about Myles’ development, helping with the financial burden, involving them in his therapies, and building a network with other families.

“I felt comfortable from the very beginning,” stated Joandy. “Each time I drop him off, it feels like I’m leaving him in the care of a family member.” Joandy further commended Penfield saying, “I don’t know what I would do without Penfield. The love and support we receive from the Center and our service coordinator is amazing.”

Joandy and Myles, and other families like them, will continue to get the support and resources needed from Penfield’s Special Care Nursery thanks to local community partners like Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Through a partnership with Milwaukee Radio Group, Penfield Children’s Center is one of 10 charities chosen to take part in Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s signature charitable program, Miracle on Canal Street. The program, with the mission to improve the quality of life for children in southeastern Wisconsin, focuses the joy of holiday giving onto those who are the hope for the future. Miracle runs through December 13, with funds raised from special bingo games and the generosity of Potawatomi Bingo Casino guests. Half of each $3 Miracle bingo game, played during each bingo session, goes to the Miracle fund, which totaled nearly $1 million last year benefitting 30 local children’s charities. The grand total for this year’s campaign will be announced at the Miracle Bingo Bash on December 14 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

"It’s children like Myles and his family that bring perspective to Miracle on Canal Street and the need to support these kinds of services in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Mike Goodrich, General Manager of Potawatomi Bingo Casino. “For 19 years, the generosity of our guests has shone brightly, and because of that, so many fantastic organizations have been able to serve the needs of a great number of children.”

Through hard work and determination, Myles will accomplish all of his milestones, just in his own timeframe. Myles celebrated his first birthday in August and is currently working on crawling with help from the Center and his family. With the support of Penfield Children’s Center and valued community partners like Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Joandy and her husband are excited for what the future holds for their son.

Community Watch

» Franklin Night Out Aug. 1 to kick off national event the following day 09:34 AM

» Franklin resident Darlene Habanek to present at Quilt Expo in Madison 09:23 AM

» Hales Corners Library ends summer reading program with comedy, prizes 7/27

» South side restaurant operators to plead guilty in tax fraud case 7/27

» Oak Creek prepares for National Night Out Updated:  7/27

» Jack Redmond & Frank Disco Gratke vie for chance at state assembly 7/26

» Franklin school specialist is 'Making IT Happen' with technology 7/26

» Bridge connects offerings at Abendschein Park 7/26

» New pickleball courts to be painted at Ken Windl, Pleasant View Parks 7/26

» Walks catch up to Oak Creek baseball team in state loss to Marquette 7/26

» Hales Corners Night Out to "promote and preserve prosperous community" 7/26

» Franklin Library to host Pokemon Go Night on August 11 7/26

» Amber Frymark wins Hottest Kitchen Entreprenuer Challenge 7/26

» Lawmaker Grobschmidt knew how to reach across the aisle 7/25

» Oak Creek Public Library to host Hogwarts Reunion 7/25

» Live coverage: 2016 WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament Updated:  7/22

» Big inning leads Marquette past Oak Creek in state semifinal 7/22

» Sue Haislmaier's watercolor paintings on display at botanical gardens 7/22

» Franklin community shows support for local police officers 7/21

» Traveling Beer Gardens coming to Hales Corners Park 7/21

» Moth Night at Wehr Nature Center July 29&30 7/21

» Oak Creek hangs banners at Drexel Town Square in honor of local military heroes 7/21

» Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area 7/21

» Youth soccer program at Hales Corners Library July 28 7/21

» Children's musician Duke Otherwise to perform at Hales Corners Library 7/20

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Advertisement

Most Popular