By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

We want to change the way America cares for
children, for families, and for communities. “Bopp…Bopp… Bopp…Yes…Yes…Yes!”
When she first heard her first sound, we were so happy we didn’t even cry, if that makes
sense. Our ultimate goal is to get her to spoken
language. “Hi Daddy!”
“Hi Chloe!” “Daddy!”
Being able to provide enough hearing for the child to develop speech and hearing, I mean,
that’s a miracle. “The fireworks go over the tree.”
My dream has come true and that’s because of them.
“We’re going to go right in here, ok buddy?” The craniofacial cleft lip and palate team
is the only accredited craniofacial team in the state of Nebraska.
Our team follows about 500 individual children. We meet every week and we see anywhere from
10 to 12 children a week. We really want to have an impact. We know
we have a local impact. We have a regional impact because of the distance to get to another
team and we have an international impact. About 50 of our kids out of the 500 we see
in the clinic, are internationally adopted many from China.
Those boys wouldn’t be where they are today without the services that they’ve gotten
from that team. The fact that we’ve been able to provide
that to them through Boys Town has just been amazing.
I could not imagine doing it without Boys Town. This is not easy but it’s doable.
We have the support, we have the resources, to make these kid’s lives amazing, and that in turn makes our lives amazing. As part of Boys Town, we provide medically-directed
residential care for children with serious behavioral health problems.
We see lots of kids with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders and other
disruptive behavior disorders, such as ADHD and conduct disorder.
To work on their treatment so that they can successfully reintegrate into a family style
setting is what we do. The thing I want people to know about Boys
Town Pediatrics is we have amazing access and availability to our patients.
This is like nothing I’ve ever seen in other clinics. Literally, 24 hours a day, there’s
a nurse you can talk to, hotline operator, or front desk staff to schedule you an appointment
with a physician. Our patients can see a doctor from 8 a.m.
to 10 p.m. almost seven days a week. Some of the best scientists in the world are
right here. We’re really a comprehensive center that
focuses on neurosensory function in humans. It’s very rewarding to work in a place where
you can see projects go all the way from the bench to the bed side.
The research team, here at Boys Town, has made very important contributions to the technology
around newborn hearing screening. A number of investigations here have led to
improved ways to measure hearing in tiny babies, and also, improved ways to fit hearing aids
in these teeny, tiny ears. We built this building, the Lied Learning
& Technology Center, to have distance education capabilities.
We have a team, led by Dr. Cathy Carotta, that is working with providers in Guam.
About twice a year, a team of professionals from Boys Town actually travels to Guam. The
providers in Guam are benefitting from learning about how to work on home visits with families,
helping them develop knowledge and skills to parent a baby who is deaf or hard of hearing.
They have also benefitted greatly from our audiological services.
When I started here 35 years ago, I had no idea that our impact could reach well beyond
our physical boundaries and support children, who are deaf and hard of hearing and their
families, across the globe. Working at Boys Town National Research Hospital
is all about the mission. The challenge we have before us is that our
mission never ends but that’s why we come to work every day.
To improve care, to change the way America cares for children, families and communities.

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