Boys Town National Research Hospital: Together, Caring for You
Boys Town National Research Hospital has a national mission. Our mission is to
change the way America cares for children.
So to do that we've engaged in what is called translational research.
Not only do we provide clinical services but we surround those clinical services with research. The clinician and scientists interact here at Boys Town National Research Hospital to
answer the question, how to improve the care of children.
We are very specialized and we go deep in our services. The Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat
Institute includes a variety of services and research. Services such as the physician's clinics, three different locations, within the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.
"Say the word cowboy,"
Our hearing and balance center would include the testing of hearing, the fitting of assistive devices such as hearing aids for all ages as well as balance issues.
Services such as the center for childhood deafness, would include cochlear implants, the preschool program, all the services that surround families when a child is identified at birth with a hearing loss.
Cochlear implants, is without a doubt, the most rewarding thing that I get to participate in.
She's never going to hear my voice. She's never going to hear her sister singing the lullabies to her.
When she first heard her first sound, we were so happy we didn't even cry if that makes sense.
"Hi Daddy!" "Chloe chair?"
"Yeah, Daddy's watching you listen."
It's been a year and I wouldn't have ever guessed that she was putting three or four words together. She verbalizes in words what she wants.
The words she uses, you know, are tough words and she'll just
rattle them off.
It's just amazing to think that not very long ago that was not possible.
Being able to provide enough hearing for the child to develop speech and hearing, I mean, that’s a miracle.
My dream has come true and that's because of them.
Good girl, those eyes look perfect.
Boys Town Pediatrics includes general
pediatric care as well as specialty care for children.
We provide care for children because we understand that the general health of a
Child has a dramatic impact on their ability to be successful in life.
We have amazing accessibility and availability to our patients.
This is like nothing I've ever seen in other clinics, literally, 24 hours day there's a nurse you can talk to or a hotline operator, front desk staff, who can schedule your appointment with physician.
There are doctors available if you need to talk to them in the middle of the night as well, and we have amazing provider access, our patients basically can see a doctor from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. almost seven days a week.
The residential treatment center program is the highest level on the continuum of care that Boys Town provides.
We see lots of kids with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and other disruptive behavior disorders such as ADHD and conduct disorder.
To bring them in and have them work on their treatment, to give them a more secure sense of belonging and work on their treatment so that they can successfully reintegrate into a family style setting, is what we do.
We have 24-hour nursing in this particular facility, two child and adolescent psychiatrists who work very closely with our children to provide oversight, medication management, and to help approve the treatment for each individual child.
Here at Boys Town a number of research projects are going on and our work is particularly focused on helping children and families.
A good example that would be the development of the software that is used in newborn hearing
screening throughout the United States.
Another example would be the development of methods to fit infants with hearing aids.
Our researchers discovered that the earlier you can intervene in a child's life, the more impact you can have on helping that child reach their full potential.
I think what makes Boys Town so great is I'm surrounded by front desk staff and nurses and other doctors who love being here and that makes taking care of patients that much more fun.
It's very rewarding work in a place that where you can see the projects go all the way from the bench to the bedside.
Everything is always new and exciting here and I find working with patients very challenging and rewarding, and I feel like we're providing very focused and personal service.
For me working at Boys Town National Research Hospital is all about the mission.
It is so satisfying every day to come to work knowing that we are not only helping children here in the Omaha area but impacting how care is delivered across the United States.
The challenge we have before us is that our mission never ends but that's why we come to work every day. To improve care, to change the way America cares for children families and communities.