Why We Ride
We ride to support BMC’s most vulnerable patients, who at a very young age experience the reality of life's hardships. BMC nurtures its pediatric patients back to health by providing life-changing clinical and social support. You can support Team BMC Rodman Ride by clicking here to donate to the effort. Your commitment will make a significant difference in the lives of BMC’s youngest and most in-need patients.
Read below to learn more about the programs supported by Rodman Ride.
BMC is among the busiest, most comprehensive treatment centers for behavioral health and addiction medicine in the country. For more than 25 years, BMC has been an epicenter of innovation, creating replicable care models in the field and providing training to those at the front lines of the opioid crisis sweeping the nation. BMC's comprehensive treatment programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of patients of all ages and walks of life. Understanding that substance use can affect anyone, at any point in life, BMC's substance use programs and services are available and accessible whenever needed. By offering a wide array of programs, patients receive care best suited to their specific needs and effective in ensuring the best possible outcomes.
The Autism Program
The Autism Program within Boston Medical Center's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics provides comprehensive care to all patients seen in the clinic for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The diagnosis of an ASD presents a uniquely complex set of challenges for families and the clinicians responsible for their care. There is no identified single cause, no known cure nor any one prescribed treatment that can predict optimal outcomes for all children. Many families at BMC affected by ASD confront a variety of obstacles toward receiving necessary services for their children. To address this challenge, the Autism Program assists and empowers those affected by ASDs through direct patient support, provider education and community-based trainings in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all, regardless of status or ability to pay.
The Kids Fund
The Kids Fund helps provide necessities like eyeglasses, winter coats and medicine for more than 25,000 children at Boston Medical Center whose families are living below the poverty level. The Kids Fund provides assistance for basic needs including food, clothing and home medical equipment not covered by medical insurance. The Kids Fund also provides key resources to initiate and sustain innovative programs and resources to ensure Boston's neediest children and their families have the best possible health care outcomes.
SPARK is Boston Medical Center's unique, early childhood program offering comprehensive developmental, psychotherapeutic and medically-specialized services to young children and their families within a welcoming, community setting. SPARK cares for approximately 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers annually, who are referred by area pediatricians, social workers and DCF staff owing to complex and overlapping health, protective and psychosocial needs. The program has a 25-year history of responding to our region's greatest public health and health disparity challenges, including the perinatal HIV/AIDS epidemic, the increase in very low birth weight, severely premature infants in our communities and the rise of infants exposed to the complications of adult addiction disorders. SPARK targets low-income families whose lives are disrupted by trauma and health crises with a focus on helping fragile families recover, stabilize and build positive futures for their children.
Child Witness to Violence
Ten percent of BMC's pediatric patients have seen traumatic violence by the age of six, half of them in their own homes. BMC pediatricians report about 500 cases of child abuse and neglect each year, more than any other hospital in Boston. This program of intervention, education and prevention has become a national model. The staff is multicultural and multilingual, comprising social workers, psychologists, early childhood specialists and a consulting child psychiatrist. The program serves more than 225 children and parents each year, and offers consultation and education programs for physicians, police officers, teachers and other professionals.
Comprised of pediatricians, social workers, a nurse practitioner and an attorney, the Child Protection team is committed to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families in a sensitive manner. They work collaboratively with many departments within BMC to ensure that comprehensive care is provided and that all BMC staff have support and training in child maltreatment.
The Grow Clinic
"Failure to Thrive" is a medical condition caused by malnutrition in children. The patient significantly lags in height or weight, falling at risk for impaired motor skills or delayed learning and language skills. These are the children who are seen in BMC's Grow Clinic for Children. The outpatient clinic provides them with comprehensive medical, nutritional and social service assistance. More than 80% of them have showed significant improvement in their weight by the time they leave. And the rate of hospitalization for such children fell from 50% in 1984 to 5% in 2006.
Comprehensive Care Program
The Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) at Boston Medical Center is a primary care pediatric program supporting families of children with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities, including "NICU graduates"—babies born prematurely (preemies) or with complex issues. CCP is a team of clinicians working to enhance the quality of health services and social support for these children and their families. CCP is an integral part of The Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at BMC where exceptional care is provided, without exception.
BMC's Pediatric Neurology division is committed to clinical excellence and compassionate coordinated care for children and their families across the broad spectrum of health care settings, from the emergency room to inpatient admission and outpatient appointments. As an academic teaching hospital and trauma center, BMC's resources and state-of-the-art facilities, together with the expertise and research capabilities of the division’s multidisciplinary staff, enable BMC to meet the constantly evolving, complex neurological needs of its patients and their families.