Saints Gala Beneficiary

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2022 beneficiary

The mission of St. Charles Foundation and its Saints Gala is to support St. Charles Health System in the delivery and advancement of world-class health care in Central Oregon and achieve its strategic goals.

Your participation in this year’s Saints Gala will provide critical funding to bring a board certified developmental pediatrician to the region that will care for children and youth with complex health conditions and needs under the health system’s Programs of Evaluation, Development and Learning – or better known in the community as PEDAL.

“I truly look forward to receiving Pedal reports for my patients. I cannot think of any other patient consultation that provides as thorough, well-rounded, thoughtful picture of a child’s mental, behavioral and developmental health. Their work is invaluable in our community.”

-Dr. John Peoples, COPA Pediatrician

Every day, children and youth with special health care needs and their families are referred to the PEDAL Providers for a variety of neurodevelopmental, neuropsychological, and behavioral concerns for diagnosis, assessment, and intervention related to disorders affecting development.

Depending on child’s neurocognitive, social/emotional/behavioral and medical complexities, they often require a multidisciplinary team of providers to both evaluate and treat. After diagnosis or assessment, the child and family will work alongside a specific team of clinicians under one of the four clinics within PEDAL:

  • Neurodevelopment Clinic:
    • This team consists of the board-certified developmental pediatrician, clinical psychologist, speech and language pathologist and social worker. This team assesses children with neurodevelopmental concerns such as autism spectrum disorders, genetic syndromes, complex ADHD, fetal alcohol, language impairments and other developmental delays.
  • 0-5 Clinic:
    • This team consists of the board-certified developmental pediatrician and clinical psychologist. This dyad team assesses children with neurodevelopmental concerns such as autism spectrum disorders, genetic syndromes, complex ADHD, fetal alcohol, language impairments, and other developmental delays and who are between the ages of 0 and 5.
  • Cardiac Clinic: 
    • This team consists of the board-certified developmental pediatrician and clinical psychologist. This dyad team assesses children and youth who have complex neurodevelopmental concerns associated with a cardiac disorder.
  • NICU Follow Up:
    • This team consists of a neonatologist, clinical psychologist, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, nutritionist and registered nurse. They provide neurodevelopmental screening for infants discharged from the St. Charles Bend NICU who meet specific criteria.

At the heart of each team is the developmental pediatrician – of which St. Charles is currently contracting with OHSU to consult on cases monthly but this frequency is no longer meeting our community’s needs. In 2021, PEDAL was able to see 1152 patients in clinic, however at the end of the year, there were over 200 patients waiting on the referral list.

“As a local pediatric cardiologist, I am so grateful that we have a PEDAL Clinic in Bend. Children with heart defects are at risk for learning and developmental issues, and neurodevelopmental evaluations are recommended for our patients throughout their journey from infancy to adulthood. Clinics like the PEDAL Clinic are typically only available at children’s hospitals, so having a clinic in Central Oregon that is familiar with our schools and local resources has been invaluable to our patients.”

-Dr. Urszula Tajchman

Having a developmental pediatrician in Central Oregon will have a positive impact by reducing the wait times from when a child is referred to PEDAL for evaluation and treatment. Families in Central and Eastern Oregon will no longer have to drive long distances to access a full menu of developmental care options. Not only will PEDAL better serve families in our region, but they will also be able to support them as they navigate the myriad of recommendations and services needed to help their children locally.