For its innovative and continued dedication to patients with spina bifida, Norton Medical Group recently received the Spina Bifida Service Award from the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky.
Dennis Peppas, M.D., medical director, Norton Children’s Urology, accepted the award at the association’s annual Many Faces Luncheon.
Norton Medical Group, with support from the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, offers the multidisciplinary Norton Children’s Hospital Spina Bifida Clinic on the third Wednesday of every month. The clinic allows patients with the condition to see various specialists all in a single visit.
Dr. Peppas or a colleague from Norton Children’s Urology is one of several specialists available to patients at the Spina Bifida Clinic. Others include:
- Norton Children’s Gynecology
- Norton Children’s Neurosurgery
- Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville
- Norton Children’s Hospital rehabilitation and social services
- Norton Leatherman Spine
- Family support services from Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky
- Services from the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Norton Children’s Hospital Spina Bifida Clinic
Care planning for expectant mothers with a diagnosis and immediate and long-term care for children of all ages.
Since it began in 2016, the clinic has served almost 70 patients through nearly 900 appointments. Each patient typically sees three to four specialists during a visit. It normally would require more than 2,600 separate specialty appointments for the same care.
The cause of spina bifida is unknown, although it’s thought to be the combination of genetics and environmental factors such as lack of certain vitamins and nutrients during pregnancy and exposure to pesticides.