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By John George – Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
Autism services provider NeurAbilities Healthcare is planning to spend between $4 million and $6 million over the next two years opening 13 treatments centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
First up is an 8,800-square-foot treatment center in King of Prussia for children with autism and other neurologic disorders set to open March 2. Kathleen Stengel, CEO of Voorhees-based NeurAbilities, said the company invested about $500,000 in creating the treatment center.
The Henderson Road facility is designed to complement NeurAbilities' three existing sites — a nearby office also in King of Prussia, along with offices in Voorhees and Wall Township in South Jersey — that are primarily focused on diagnostic services, treatment planning and medical care.
The company declined to disclose locations for additional centers in the planned expansion, citing pending lease agreements.
“Our goal is to replicate what we will be doing here in King of Prussia at other sites around Pennsylvania and New Jersey," Stengel said, "so we are closer to our patients.”
Dr. Mark Mintz, a neurologist and founder of NeurAbilities, said a major cost-driver in the care of children on the autism spectrum is the fragmented way in which care is delivered.
“There is an inability to get the care that is needed in one place,” Mintz said. “This new facility will enable area families to receive an array of vital services from one coordinated source. … Parents are struggling to navigate a complex health system that’s not geared toward the special-needs population. Our expansion (is intended) to relieve a huge amount of pressure on families by providing front-to-back services.”
To staff the new centers that will be opening over the next two years, NeurAbilities plans a major workforce expansion. The company is now at just under 100 employees. It expects to have more than 200 full-time equivalents at the start of next year, including 30 new hires for the King of Prussia site. Stengel said by the end of 2021 the company’s workforce could approach 500 full-time equivalents.
Services to be provided at the King of Prussia and other new sites will include applied behavior analysis, speech and language therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Features of the King of Prussia facility — designed for infants and children primarily from birth to age 8 — include:
- Special lighting and temperature controls to address sensory sensitivities;
- A homelike kitchen to help patients learn to sit and eat a meal, and to eat foods with different textures;
- A mock classroom to prepare children for school;
- An indoor playground, to help children learn skills such as communication and socialization;
- Individual treatment rooms and group-therapy areas.
“We wanted to make this place not feel like you are coming to a medical intervention facility,” said Stengel, showing off the playground area that has a rock wall, swings, slides and a small trampoline. “We want it to be fun.”
The company's clinical teams at the new sites will be providing care at both the centers and in patients’ homes.
“Children will learn functional skills at the center, and then we’ll help them apply their skills at home,” said Stengel. “We want to empower parents and other caregivers by teaching them how to work with their child. This provides consistency in therapy techniques and continued growth and learning.”
The expansion plans coincide with the growing prevalence of autism. Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects one in 59 U.S. children. In New Jersey, which has a registry to track the condition, one in 34 children is identified as being on the autism spectrum. State-specific figures for Pennsylvania are not available.
“There are so many families waiting for diagnosis and treatment for their children and loved ones,” Stengel said. “(The new NeurAbilities centers) will greatly expand our capacity to help children and families with neurological and behavioral concerns.”
The 15-year-old company previously operated as CNNH NeuroHealth. The company rebranded on Jan. 1 with a new name, new logo and revamped web site.
“The name 'NeurAbilities' encompasses what we do: we address the connections between brain and behavior,” Stengel said. “Our patients need to build their skills, and our mission is to help them maximize their abilities.”