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Renowned developmental medicine expert to address conference at Niagara Falls Memorial

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Fri, Jun 5th 2015 10:55 am

A Kentucky physician renowned for his work in caring for adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders will be the keynote speaker Tuesday when Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center hosts a regional symposium on best practices in developmental medicine.

Dr. Matthew Holder, president of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and global medical adviser to the Special Olympics, will address more than 100 care professionals on the topic of "Lessons Learned: Structuring New Service Delivery Models for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities."

Holder is co-director of the Lee Specialty Clinic, billed as Kentucky's new home for compassionate, interdisciplinary care for patients with those disabilities. The facility was featured in a December New York Times story that called it an oasis of care for people with intellectual disabilities. The story noted, "Deficiencies in health care for people with intellectual disability have been cited by the surgeon general, the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association, among others."

The Lee Specialty Clinic combines patient care, teaching and research and is seen as a model of service integration and care coordination. The Golisano Center for Community Health, now under construction on the Memorial Medical Center campus, will adopt those principles to provide comprehensive integrated health care services to adults with special needs and their families when it opens in the spring of 2016.

Tuesday's forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. In addition to Holder's keynote presentation, panel discussions on service integration and care management and on data-driven service outcomes will be featured.

The event is sponsored by the Golisano Foundation, New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, People Inc. and its Rivershore affiliate, The ARC of Orleans County, Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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