INCARNATION CHILDRENS CENTER

New York City's only skilled nursing facility exclusively serving HIv-positive youth and young adults

aka I.C.C.   |   New York, NY   |  www.incarnationchildrenscenter.org

Mission

We believe that, in ideal circumstances, every child should be healthy, live at home, and be surrounded by a loving family. However, some HIV-infected children are chronically ill and are too sick to be at home, or they have care needs that are too complex to be provided adequately in a home setting. For children who need the services of ICC, we pledge the following: - To provide a nurturing, home-like setting that provides first-rate care, filled with love and compassion, designed to give each child a longer and better life. - To be ever-mindful of the effects, on child and family, that admission to ICC may cause and to do all we can to ensure a positive experience. - To make every effort to improve each child's health to allow the earliest possible discharge back to a home setting.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Mrs. Carolyn L. Castro

Administrator

Mr. Peter Karow

Main address

142 Audubon Ave

New York, NY 10032 USA

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EIN

13-4071063

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

AIDS (G81)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Incarnation Children's Center is New York City's only skilled nursing facility providing specialized care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS.  We see a child's placement at ICC as a multifaceted treatment opportunity. In general, a child is referred for medical treatment, yet there may also be educational, psychological and social needs that must be addressed.
Our team's approach is interdisciplinary, family oriented and community focused. Our team works not just with the child, but also with the family and the various clinics and agencies supporting the family.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nutrition

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) are provided to both pediatric and adolescent patients.

MNT can manage a variety of conditions including digestion and absorption problems, such as diabetes and renal disease. Some other conditions that are frequently associated with HIV patients are failure to thrive and weight loss due to loss of appetite and change of taste in food from side effects of anti-viral regimen.

Individualized MNT is pertinent to correct nutritional issues to ensure that our pediatric population can achieve and strive to reach their potential growth.  In addition, we also provide MNT for overweight and obesity patients. 

Our dietitians work closely with our medical team to provide you with psychological support and recommendations to individualize your treatment and meal plan based on your personal preference. 

Nutrition-related side effects with anti-viral regimen
Safe food handling and preparation (especially important for immunocompromised patients)
Weight gain and weight loss management 
Special and restricted diets in compliance with American Dietetic Association guidelines 

Furthermore, our dietitian collaborates with our dietary staff and residents to develop menus that are healthy, tasty and diverse. 

Independence Lifeskill Development
Our young population needed guidance to learn several skills to prepare them to approach adulthood. 
Food budgeting
Community grocery shopping
Food preparation following Food Safety Handling Guidelines
Cooking - learn to search and follow recipes, learn basic measurement and common cooking terminologies

Population(s) Served

Residents require transportation to and and from outside medical appointments to meet their complex medical needs and maintain contact with their regular healthcare providers in their communities. Visits can be frequent and costly, necessitating a budget specifically for transportation needs. In addition, we encourage family involvement whenever possible, and transportation costs to and from the facility can be prohibitively expensive.

Population(s) Served

Music, art and drama have tremendous healing qualities, and appeal to all ages and levels of functioning. Children and adolescents often have difficulty expressing their needs through verbal language.  This is particularly true for children with developmental disabilities, those who have neurological impairments, or those who are undergoing significant emotional stress.  The arts provide an outlet for the nonverbal expression of emotions.  Creative arts therapies such as art therapy, music therapy and drama therapy, provide a safe container for emotional expression and emphasize the strengthening of each participant’s self-esteem through the therapeutic process. 

As creative arts therapy interventions can be easily adapted to address a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning levels, it has been effectively utilized with the broad spectrum of children living at ICC.  From our lowest functioning resident to our adolescents who are motivated by age-appropriate materials and equipment and begin sharing their innermost selves through creative expression, our residents benefit greatly from creative arts therapies.

Population(s) Served

The primary purpose of as Recreational Therapy is to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. In addition, Recreational Services provide recreation resources and opportunities in order to improve health and well-being.

Population(s) Served

Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

Population(s) Served

At ICC, we have an interdisciplinary team that provides a variety of services designed to meet the child’s needs. While the reason children are admitted to the Center is because they are in need of medical care and treatment, many have been exposed to various social problems that contribute to the need for inpatient treatment. Many of the children are from impoverished communities with poor access to social services and many children are from families where there is substance abuse, mental illness, physical abuse and neglect.

Coordination of Education Services
Counseling Services
Case Management
School Placement
Life Skills Training
Discharge Planning
Summer Camp Referral
Coordination of Family Visits

Population(s) Served

At ICC, we have an interdisciplinary team that provides a variety of services designed to meet the child’s needs. The primary reason children are admitted to the Center is because they are in need of medical care and treatment.

HIV-Specialized Pediatric Care
24 Hour Nursing Services
Dietary and Nutritional Services
Directly Observed Therapy
Assistance with Medication Adherence

Population(s) Served

While the reason children are admitted to the Center is because they are in need of medical care and treatment, many have been exposed to various social problems that contribute to the need for inpatient treatment. Many of the children are from impoverished communities with poor access to social services and many children are from families where there is substance abuse, mental illness, physical abuse and neglect.

Psychiatry
Individual Therapy
Group Therapy

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Catholic Charities USA 1989

Financials

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INCARNATION CHILDRENS CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Cameron

Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Care Citizens Council

Term: 2011 -

Beatriz Taveras

Catholic Charities

Gerald Walsh

St. Joseph's Seminary

Thomas Leonard

Holy Trinity Church

John Driscoll

no affiliation

Margaret Heagarty

no affiliation

James Cameron

Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council

Kevin Sullivan

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Carrol Muccia

no affiliation

Thomas Egan

no affiliation

Samantha Rudin Earls

Rudin Management

Anne Tommaso

no affiliation

Jacqueline Dauhajre

Paul Straton

Emmet Conlon

TD Bank