LORAIN — The Children’s Developmental Center will be transitioning all therapy services to Mercy hospitals later this year, the center’s board of directors announced Thursday.
“Decreases in funding over the past several years have made operating the CDC fiscally challenging,” board president Scott Vilagi said. “After reviewing multiple proposals, our board determined that Mercy was the best provider to continue these critical services.”
For more than 60 years, the CDC has worked with special-needs children through outpatient therapy services at a facility in Amherst and embedded therapists in county school districts. When the board decided it could no longer continue operations, it wanted the services to move onto a like-minded partner.
“The similarity of our missions and Mercy’s high-quality, comprehensive pediatric therapy program stood out the most to us,” Vilagi said. “The goal is to ensure that there will be no interruption of services to children and their families.”
In the summer months, the program will transition to Mercy Rehabilitation Services in 47160 Hollstein Drive in Amherst at 39263 Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville.
The transition is expected to be completed in August and until then Mercy Rehabilitation Services will be working with the CDC by assisting with the summer camp program in July and actively recruiting CDC staff to continue with them in similar roles.
“We see a tremendous amount of value in the services offered by the CDC, including their strong relationships with the community, patients and partners,” Mercy Health Lorain Region CEO Edwin Oley said. “It is an honor to be selected to continue their services which benefit many of our community’s children. It not only aligns with the mission of our organization but provides Mercy with an opportunity to expand our pediatric therapy reach with new patients.”