NAC has created an umbrella of services under one roof so the needs of all family members are addressed with professional, compassionate and efficient coordination.
In addition to living in poverty and being involved in the child welfare system, NAC children have a range of medical conditions from cerebral palsy to cancer, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, asthma, diabetes, failure to thrive, HIV/AIDS, cancer, spina bifida, and developmental disabilities, among other diagnoses.
Many of NAC’s children are dependent on wheelchairs, feeding tubes, oxygen and/or have tracheostomies. Our expert medical team of Pediatric Physicians and Nurses have a strong track record of assessing and providing appropriate interventions for children with multiple diagnoses, co-occurring mental health conditions, and unique and rare conditions.
As a licensed Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Clinic, NAC provides fully integrated clinic health services and serves as the Medical Home for children in care. Every medically fragile child at NAC is assigned a Nurse, who makes home visits, provides training and health consultation, and helps the family to coordinate all internal and community healthcare services. A Developmental Pediatrician provides assessment and treatment in NAC’s clinic and makes home visits when appropriate. NAC’s medical team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to clients in cases of emergency. By providing coordinated and accessible health services on-site, NAC helps to eliminate the fragmentation of services so often experienced by families living in poverty and helps to promote permanency and family stability by preventing the long-term hospitalization or institutional care of severally disabled and chronically ill children and enabling them to remain in the community.
- Developmental pediatric assessment
- Physical examination
- Blood work and ordering of lab tests
- Psychiatric Assessment
- Medical equipment needs assessments
- Medication monitoring
- Nursing services
- Monitoring of weight/height and vital signs
- Vision/hearing screenings
- Nutritional counseling
- Medical training and health education
- Home visits
- Referrals to community-based health providers and sub-specialists
- Coordination of medical, mental health and social services
To find out more about NAC's Medical Clinic, please contact the Clinic Director, at 212-696-1550 or via email at medicalclinic@NacKidsCan.org.
Medically Fragile: a designation for a child with a profound disability and/or chronic medical condition, which may become unstable and change abruptly, resulting in a life-threatening situation.
The minimum amount NAC saves tax payers each year by bringing one child home from the hospital.
NAC Kids Olympics
It's not everyday that a child with a severe disability or chronic illness has the opportunity to go for the Gold. Cheer on NAC kids as they give their all at the Annual NAC Kids Olympics.