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UW Health: Children’s Hospital certified as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Center

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Madison, WI – American Family Children’s Hospital has become the 19th center in the nation to be named a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder in childhood. It affects about one in 5000 live male births. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy slowly robs people of their muscular strength.

The clinic is led by neurologist Dr. Meredith Schultz, director of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders Program.

“Becoming a Certified Duchenne Care Center reflects UW Health’s commitment to providing exceptional care to all of our Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients and is recognition of the quality of our comprehensive multidisciplinary patient care,” said Schultz. “We are proud to have met this high standard and to be recognized for our efforts to improve the lives of all individuals living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”

PPMD supports standardized, comprehensive care and services for all people living with Duchenne. PPMD began certifying qualifying centers in 2014. The designation means centers maintain the highest standards in clinical and sub-specialty services, rapidly apply new evidence-based knowledge and comply with standards in clinical care that were established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Care Considerations.

Kathi Kinnett, senior vice president of clinical care and director of PPMD’s Certified Duchenne Care Center Program, is pleased that UW Health and American Family Children’s Hospital are joining the list of certified centers.

“The team at American Family Children’s Hospital is a committed, compassionate group of dedicated providers,” said Kinnett. “Dr. Schultz and her team strive to provide excellent care to Duchenne families in Wisconsin and beyond.”

To learn more about PPMD’s Certified Duchenne Care Center Program, visit PPMD’s website.

About Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

PPMD is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the U.S. that focuses on finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. PPMD invests deeply in treatments for this generation of people affected by Duchenne and in research that will benefit future generations. PPMD advocates in Washington, DC, and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. PPMD demands optimal care, and strengthens, unites and educates the global Duchenne community.

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