Why We Ride: BMC's Pediatric Patients

We ride to support our most vulnerable patients, who at a very young age experience the reality of life’s hardships. At BMC, we nurture our pediatric patients back to health by providing life-changing clinical and social support. You can support Team BMC Rodman Ride, by clicking here and donating to the effort. Your commitment will make a significant difference in the lives of our tiniest patients.

Read below to learn more about the programs supported by Rodman Ride.

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 Center

The SPARK Center (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids) provides child care and therapeutic programs for some of Boston’s highest-risk children, more than 100 each year. The center, in the low-income neighborhood of Mattapan, used to be called the Children’s AIDS Program, and some of the participants do have HIV/AIDS or are from families affected by HIV/AIDS. Happily today, fewer and fewer children are born with the virus, so SPARK has expanded its services to include children suffering from failure to thrive, developmental disabilities or abuse and neglect. A new group of fragile children, babies who were born too early and too small, are being cared for at The SPARK Center. Through day care, after-school programs, arts therapy, a drop-in program for teenagers, a summer camp program and mentoring, the center works to teach the skills and values to succeed in school and develop rewarding adult lives.

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.

Child Protection

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.

Pediatric Neurology

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 our multidisciplinary staff, enable us to meet the constantly evolving, complex neurological needs of our patients and their families. 

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