The Creighton Pediatric Therapy (CPT) clinic had some special guests recently. J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, invited Creighton’s president, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, and Interim Provost Thomas Murray, PhD, to tour the facility and meet the faculty and staff. During their visit, they observed a patient session (with parental permission) via a live video feed and learned about the clinic’s mission, values and day-to-day operations.
Fr. Hendrickson and Murray sat down with Kelly Nelson, DPT, clinic director, and Lisamarie Hugo, clinic manager, to review clinic operations, meet faculty and staff, discuss clinic activities, objectives, engagement efforts and current scholarly work.
CPT started with a partnership in 2008 with then Alegent Health CUMC and Twin Creek locations, until the clinic moved into a small space in 2012 and started its faculty practice model. By 2015, the clinic had outgrown that space and moved to its current location at 17055 Frances St., Ste. 103, in west Omaha.
CPT provides family-centered care including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy in a clinical setting that supports research and education. Currently CPT staffs nine occupational therapists, four physical therapists, three speech language pathologists, three administrative staff, five Creighton students and one University of Nebraska Omaha graduate student.
CPT is involved in global and local outreach activities, such as offering aquatic therapy at Omaha’s Armburst YMCA, supporting the Institute of Latin American Concern (ILAC) in the Dominican Republic, strengthening Boys Town National Research Hospital and the new CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – University Campus. The clinic also provides school-age camps and groups and participates in community events. Campus engagement and continued support of interprofessional education are core values that strengthen the clinic’s mission of caring for the underserved in the Jesuit tradition, promoting excellence in education and supporting research.
“Having Fr. Hendrickson and Dr. Murray take the time to visit the clinic was truly a pleasure and a blessing. It was nice to see them immerse themselves in the clinic operations and even view a live patient encounter,” said Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT, clinic director. “Hopefully they were able to see how Creighton Pediatric Therapy lives out the mission and vision of the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Departments, the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and the greater University every day.”
To learn more about the clinic’s services, please visit here.