Gillette Children’s is proud to announce a partnership with the Amputee Coalition, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people affected by limb loss/limb difference to achieve their full potential. Gillette Children’s is one of only a handful of pediatric hospitals partnering with the Amputee Coalition and the only pediatric partner in the five-state area surrounding Minnesota.
Through the partnership, Gillette Children’s and the Amputee Coalition will provide education and resources to patients and their families, including implementing the Coalition’s nationally recognized, Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Program. The CPV Program ensures that no family of a child with limb loss/limb difference goes through their recovery and journey alone.
“We are proud to be a powerful extension of the patient-centered care that hospitals and rehabilitation centers provide to the limb loss/limb difference community,” said Mary Richards, President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Before and soon after amputation can be the most vulnerable and influential stages of a patient’s journey. Through our partnership with Gillette Children’s, we bridge the gaps between care and support for pediatric patients and their families. By providing access to vital resources, peer support and community connections they need, we hope they feel less alone and able to achieve outcomes that are necessary to thrive.”
“We’re very excited to partner with the Amputee Coalition. They offer amazing resources for families and professionals in the limb loss community,” said Michelle Hall, a Gillette Children’s certified and licensed prosthetist-orthotist who is leading the partnership at Gillette. “Gillette Children’s plan to bring some valuable pediatric insight to the coalition and its members. Our research, innovation and work providing prosthetic care for children will be a great resource for families and providers.”