Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider, has signed an affiliation agreement with The Center for Discovery (TCFD), an internationally known facility in Harris, NY, providing cutting-edge research, intervention and residential services for children and adults with complex conditions.
The agreement will identify ways that the two organizations can work together to better meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and medical complexities, including autism.
For more than 30 years, Northwell has supported facilities and programs that provide this specialized care. The collaboration with TCFD furthers Northwell’s commitment of support and funding for research in this area.
Established in 1948, TCFD provides health care and education for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex disabilities, medical frailties and autism spectrum disorders. TCFD educates and provides residential services for 300 children between the ages of 5 and 21 years old. The center also provides residential services for nearly 200 adult residents. Designated by the New York State Department of Health as a Center of Excellence, TCFD has pioneered a Lifestyle Medicine model of care that focuses on preventative and proactive treatment of complex conditions. In addition, TCFD is creating a Children’s Specialty Hospital Center and Research Institute for Brain and Body Health that will serve as a national model of care for people living with autism spectrum disorders as well as other complex conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and PTSD. The hospital is scheduled to open in early 2021.
“The Center for Discovery shares our values of providing extraordinary care through a program of continual innovation, education and a commitment to excellence,” Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, said. “We look forward to working together with them to provide a full continuum of medical and behavioral health services that help enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and medical complexities.”
“We are very excited about the many positive benefits this affiliation will bring” Patrick H. Dollard, president and CEO of The Center for Discovery, said. “With Northwell’s expansive resources and expertise this new collaboration can truly advance vital research and improve the lives of many more people with complex conditions. We can do great work together.”
—Submitted by Northwell Health