Lee Specialty Clinic meets the needs of people with disabilities
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the first of it's kind in the country and it's right here in Louisville. The Lee Specialty Clinic was created to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
"He loves to smile his smile brightens up a room," said Tina Davis, the mother of patient, Terrance Davis.
It looks more like play time around here, than therapy.
Davis said, "Looking at his demeanor looking at what they're doing with him, it was overwhelming."
The 20-year-old has an intellectual disability, autism and cerebral palsy.
"I pondered in my mind where am I going to find the best doctors for him, the best people for him, the best compassionate people for him. It's hard to think about when you have a child with IDD," said Davis.
The Lee Speciality Clinic was the obvious answer. It was created specifically for people with behavioral and intellectual disabilities, as a one stop shop for healthcare.
Davis said, "Oh my gosh it's like Walmart, it's like Walmart, we have everything right here."
"When somebody comes in we will look at that individual assess their needs and we can offer all these different services and coordinate them so they have the best outcome," said Matthew Holder, the CEO of Lee Specialty Clinic.
The $4.7 million facility opened eight months ago and treats 600 patients. It provides a variety of services, from dentistry to therapy.
Davis, "We have behavioral, we have speech, we have OT, we have the dietician, I said ok sign him up for everything."
"It's essential because all of these providers can communicate with each other easily," said Bill Kenealy, the father of patient, Danny Kenealy.
It's not just the convenience, it's the care.
Kenealy said, "He likes coming here he does real well, it's always positive for him. If it's positive for Danny it's outstanding us."
The Lee Speciality Clinic hopes to inspire other doctors to embrace people with disabilities.
"These patients have a way of capturing your heart and once they get a hold they don't let go," said Henry Hood, said the Chief Clinical Officer at Lee Specialty Clinic.
The same goes for the therapists, Terrance Davis has a tough time letting go.
"That's kind of rare when you go to a doctors office you're ready to get out of there he doesn't, he wants to stay," said Davis.
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