PPMD Designates Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare a Certified Duchenne Care Center

Today Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) named Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Neuromuscular Clinic (Gillette) our 16th Certified Duchenne Care Center. PPMD’s Certified Duchenne Care Center Program supports standardized, comprehensive care, and services for all people living with Duchenne, and began certifying qualifying centers in March 2014. Gillette has an outstanding reputation, serving families in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, and PPMD is excited to acknowledge the clinic’s leadership in Duchenne care with this certification.

PHOTO: The Ash family presents Drs. Richardson, Smith, and Gillette's executive team with their certification

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Neuromuscular Clinic is led by Dr. Randall Richardson. Children who have disabilities and complex medical needs—and their families—have been at the center of Gillette’s mission for more than 120 years. And like PPMD, Gillette believes in the importance of standards of care for a variety of challenging childhood conditions. What makes the Gillette clinic a stand out is their pediatric program, transition program, and an adult program, all led by highly qualified coordinators. Gillette believes that with innovative medical and surgical intervention, proven therapies and assistive technology, and the support of compassionate health care professionals, children who have these conditions can thrive and live happy, healthy, productive lives.

“This serves not just as a wonderful recognition of the work that Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare neuromuscular team has done, but also offers us the opportunity for continuing performance enhancement. We are great, but this relationship allows us the opportunity to be even better."

-- Dr. Randall Richardson, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Neuromuscular Clinic

PPMD is pleased that Gillette is receiving certification:

"Gillette has amassed an impressive team capable of providing comprehensive Duchenne care across the lifespan. We are excited to add this new center, with their expertise, compassion and enthusiasm, to our growing network of Certified Duchenne Care Centers.”

-- Kathi Kinnett, MSN, CNP, PPMD’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Care and co-director of Transforming Duchenne Care Initiative

PPMD will continue to certify more centers across the country throughout 2017, recognizing teams of physicians for their leadership in Duchenne care, which in turn will enable families to make the best choice for the care of their child.


About PPMD's Certified Duchenne Care Center Program

In 2014, PPMD launched the Certified Duchenne Care Center Program as part of its robust Transforming Duchenne Care Initiative (TDCI). PPMD will continue to award qualified centers the title of Certified Duchenne Care Center in an effort to ensure centers maintain the highest standards in clinical and sub-specialty services, rapidly apply new evidence-based knowledge, minimize heterogeneity in clinical research outcomes, and comply with standards in clinical care that were established by the CDC Care Considerations. As part of its ongoing mission to end Duchenne, PPMD continues to insist that all people with Duchenne receive comprehensive care.

To learn more about PPMD's Certified Duchenne Care Center Program, visit PPMD's website

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