The J.D. McCarty
Center was founded in 1946, established to treat
just one thing: cerebral palsy. Since that time,
the hospital has expanded its patient experience
and level of expertise. Today, the McCarty Center
has treated more than 70 different diagnoses of
Children referred to the
hospital are evaluated and treated by a team
of physical, occupational and speech therapists,
registered nurses and LPNs, a dietitian, physicians,
a pediatric psychologist and direct care specialists
who focus on discovering what a child can do
rather than what he or she cannot do.
On January 22, 2001, Oklahoma
Lt. Governor Mary Fallin presided over groundbreaking
ceremonies for the construction of a new facility
for the J.D. McCarty Center. Located on an 80-acre
campus, the new facility measures more than
100,000 square feet in size, tripling the hospital's
previous Norman home. Today, the McCarty center
offers state-of-the-art therapeutic outpatient
and inpatient care.
With a staff of more than
200 people, the J.D. McCarty Center currently
maintains an average daily inpatient census
of 30. The average length of stay is approximately
one month.The McCarty Center staff is dedicated
to helping patients function at the highest
possible level. On average, the McCarty Center
sees children from 70 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
No one could have
known in 1946, how many children would pass
through the McCarty Center's doors, but generations
of Oklahomans with disabilities owe a debt of
gratitude to the founders, legislators, Cerebral
Palsy Commissioners, donors, staff and volunteers
who have helped in the quest for better lives.
Sixty years after the idea was proposed, the
J.D. McCarty Center continues to turn stumbling
blocks into building blocks for children with
developmental disabilities in Oklahoma.