The work we do in preventing the suffering of vulnerable children has countless ripple effects, for the entire community, beyond the Amish and Mennonite populations we serve directly.
How do you measure success? How do you measure the value of reduced suffering in monetary value or in diseases discovered? Truly the impact of our work extends beyond just statistics. However, here are a few to help illustrate the far-reaching impact of the work we do.
We envision the Clinic for Special Children as a Medical Home.
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Delivering effective and affordable care for children with genetic conditions.
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In the fall of 2015, the Clinic received national recognition by Scientific American.
Experience is a hard teacher.She gives the test first, then the lesson afterward.
Press: National News
USA Today, How Nemours took care of Mexican Mennonite teen who speaks only a ‘dead language’. Meredith Newman, June 2018
CBS21, Local clinic saving lives, money through DNA testing. Kyle Rogers, March 2016
FOX43, Lancaster County clinic treats Amish children with genetic diseases. Caitlin Sinett, February 2016
WGAL, Families travel thousands of miles to Lancaster-area clinic specializing in rare genetic disorders. Anne Shannon, August 9, 2017
The Washington Post, Pennsylvania clinic treats genetic disorders in Amish and Mennonite people. Nancy Szokan, October 21, 2014
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Anything but plain. Amy Worden, October 12, 2014
NBC News - Health, As U.S. struggles with health reform, the Amish go their own way. Daniel Kelley, Reuters
Mennonite World Review, Technology Helps Amish Confront Medical Disorders. T. Huber
Associated Press, Blue light aids ill Mennonite children. Helen O'Neill
The New York Times Magazine, A Doctor for the Future. L Belkin
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Plain people, exotic illnesses. S Fitzgerald
The New York Times, At gene therapy’s frontier, the Amish build a clinic. D Grady
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Clinic a lifeline to children. S Stranahan
The Baltimore Sun, Hopkins doctor fights genetic disorders in Amish country ‘How good it is that he’s here’. T.W. Waldron
The Wall Street Journal, Amish and Mennonite families spend a Saturday raising a clinic. F Allen
Medical World News, Publicity jump-started rural clinic for genetic disorders. ML Zoler, October 1990
The Wall Street Journal, Country doctor: how a physician solved riddle of rare disease in children of Amish. F Allen
Press: Magazine Feature Stories
Franklin & Marshall Magazine, Plain Healing. Tom Knapp, June 2017
Lancaster Physician, 25 Years of Personalized, Genomic Medicine in Lancaster County. Matthew Sware, Fall 2014
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, 25 Years of Saving Childrens’ Lives. Susan J. Burlingame, fall, 2014
Mental Floss, At the Cross Roads. Rene Ebersole, October, 2014
Pittsburgh Magazine, 8 Incredible Medical Stories. Joshua Mooney
HHMI Bulletin, Teaching Genomics, Plainly. T. Gura, Fall 2012
Nature, Genomics, Plain and Simple. T. Gura
Franklin & Marshall Magazine, Field of Genes. E. Schoeniger
Pitt (University of Pittsburgh), Sweet odyssey. CJ Hayden, Spring 2006
Smithsonian, Medical Sleuth. T Shachtman, February 2006
Pittsburgh Magazine, Between science and faith. R Lord, February 2005
Mosaic (Trinity College), An innovative pediatrician in an insular community. L Virostek, November 2001
Current Science, Mending genes. RS Ebersole
Franklin and Marshall, On The Trail of a Once Deadly Disease. T Flannery, Autumn 2000
Pennsylvania Medicine, Amish country doctor. F Baldwin, Summer 2000
Fortune, Can Gene Therapy Cure This Child?. M Wadman
Central Pennsylvania Life, Doctor to the Plain people. R Reitz, Winter 1998–1999
National Geographic, Secrets of the gene. J Shreeve, October 1999
Time Magazine, Special Issue: Heroes of Medicine. A dark inheritance. T Ulrich, Autumn 1997
Measure (Hewlett-Packard), Keeping the Faith. T Ulrich, March - April 1997
Contemporary Pediatrics, A doctor whose most important teachers are children. J Asch-Goodkin, October 1996
Johns Hopkins Magazine, A doctor who’s brought hope to the Plain people of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. M Hendricks, November 1994
Pediatric News, In Amish country, some very satisfying, wonderful work. C Pierce, December 1993
Reader's Digest, The Doctor Who Conquered a Killer. R Wolkomir and J Wolkomir, July 1991
Saturday Evening Post, Tracking a killer. R Ver Berkmoes, June 1991
Harvard Medical Alumni Magazine, Improved prognosis: Clinic raising in Amish country. T Rutter, Winter 1990 - 1991
Your gift makes a difference! Each year the Clinic publishes an annual report highlighting our successes, challenges and opportunities. We appreciate the generosity of the many individuals, foundations and organizations that support our mission to serve our special children. Thank you for being part of our journey and inspiring hope in the lives of others.
Help us to continue to provide patients with timely, affordable and effective care!
Our clinic serves as a trusted medical home for families working to prevent and treat genetic illness in their children. Serving predominantly Amish and Mennonite families, the sturdy, timber-framed building was "raised" by the hands of those in the Anabaptist community outside of Strasburg, PA. Inside the clinic is filled with an array of high-tech gene sequencing that allows us to deliver state of the art care in a nurturing environment.