Center for Special Needs Children
Positively Kids was founded in 1999 by Fred Schultz with the goal of providing quality healthcare services to children with special medical needs. At the time, many families with a medically fragile child were often told to institutionalize their child or send them out of state for care. These alternatives were unacceptable to Mr. Schultz. As a result of this significant gap in services for special needs children, the Foundation for Positively Kids was created. Through the efforts of the Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and gracious community support, Positively Kids has been able to provide a range of culturally appropriate, therapeutic services, and programs for special needs children and their families, including in-home care that keeps families together. But Positively Kids isn’t done yet. . . . . The Foundation for Positively Kids intends to construct its “Center for Special Needs Children” on W. Charleston Blvd, just west of University Medical Center hospital. The Center will provide 36 inpatient beds for pediatric extended care for medically fragile children. These children are medically stable, yet either by birth or through accident require long-term, 24-hour-a-day skilled nursing services, and/or life-sustaining equipment in order to survive. While there, some patients will receive regularly scheduled therapies, such as physical, occupational, and/or speech. All of the patients will be between the ages of birth to 18 years.