The New Leaf Center is intended to be a medical home for special children: a place where families can feel comfortable bringing their children not only for diagnostic evaluation but also for their ongoing primary care. New Leaf Center networks with area specialists to coordinate effective, centralized care plans for special children. We believe that a trusting relationship between the family and caregiver is a vital component of quality healthcare. We want to give time and attention to understanding the needs and expectations of each patient. Parenting a special child with a genetic condition is difficult work. Our goal is to partner with families in this work by providing clear information, quality care and compassion.
New Leaf Center does not have a genetic testing laboratory, greatly reducing the cost of our existence. The following serve as our reference labs:
- Clinic for Special Children (Strasburg, PA)
- DDC Clinic (Middlefield, OH)
- Perkin Elmer Genetics (Bridgeville, PA)
- Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, OH)
Other basic lab work (blood counts, kidney or liver function tests) are sent to Aultman Lab Services in Canton, OH.
Our model of care and the way we are funded allows us the unique opportunity to provide occasional visits to patient homes. Priority is given to established patients who are at the end-of-life or who are difficult to transport.
First time visit
Follow up visit
We do not want cost to be a barrier to visiting us. Parents who feel they cannot afford our services should discuss this with the office manager.
Medical research can provide useful answers for difficult questions about the best way to care for special children. Families coming to the New Leaf Center may be asked to participate in research studies, but only after careful consideration by New Leaf staff and advisors. We pledge to participate only in research that directly benefits the families we serve. Families will not be asked to pay for the cost of research tests.
The staff at New Leaf Center network with other clinics, hospitals and researchers to enhance child health and to establish mutual respect between healthcare providers and plain families. We work to inspire compassion and encourage trust.