For Immediate Release
May 14, 2021
Adding additional therapy space in Carle BroMenn Outpatient Center
NORMAL, Ill. – Just six months after opening the new Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center, Marcfirst CEO, Brian Wipperman, announces that Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy will be expanding again this year by adding a second location to offer additional space for therapy sessions for children in our community. Marcfirst is the largest provider of pediatric therapy services in McLean County.
The second Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center will be located in the Carle BroMenn Outpatient Center at 3024 East Empire Street, across from Central Illinois Regional Airport. This 1,800 square-foot space will feature a state-of-the-art sensory gym and at least six individual therapy rooms for Applied Behavior Analysis for children on the Autism Spectrum. Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy will also have shared amenities with the Carle BroMenn team such as a warm water therapy pool and additional gym space to meet the physical and occupational therapy needs of children throughout Central Illinois.
In November 2020, Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy moved into the 4,700-square-foot location at 1302 Franklin Avenue, on the grounds of Carle BroMenn Medical Center. To honor former Chief Operating Officer at Marcfirst, Gregg Chadwick, the space was renamed in his honor to The Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center. Due to the growth of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, additional therapy rooms were added across the hallway in March 2021.
Since 2018, Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy has served over 2,000 children. Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy provides early intervention services to children birth to three-years-old. The team also provides occupational, physical, speech, feeding and social-emotional therapies to children up to age 14. Newly added services also include support groups for children and parents, in addition to sleep consultation services. With the second location of The Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center, Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy will be able to serve three times as many children with autism for Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and support services such as physical, occupational and speech language therapies.
“We are so proud to offer yet another location where children can go to receive therapy services. This would not be possible without the support of our community, the work of our amazing group of therapists or the partnership with Carle BroMenn. We promise to continue providing quality therapy services and hope to continue being the largest provider of pediatric therapy services in McLean County and beyond for years to come,” said Wipperman.
Marcfirst continues to hire more behavioral therapists, as well as occupational and physical therapists to meet the growing needs of our community.
The second location of the Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center is scheduled to open Fall 2021.
About Marcfirst: Marcfirst was established by families in 1955 to address the need for education for people with developmental disabilities. In the last 65 years, Marcfirst has been at the forefront of supporting individuals through integration into our Bloomington-Normal community. Marcfirst’s mission is to support people with developmental disabilities and their families in McLean County with opportunities to reach their full potential through a lifetime of meaningful services. Marcfirst envisions a community that encourages and accepts all people. Marcfirst operates a $7 million annual budget supporting over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Marcfirst provides a number of programs to support individuals through all stages of life. Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy meets the needs of children with developmental disabilities or delays from birth to age 14. The High School Transition Program creates a bridge between school life and future adult services. Marcfirst’s Supported Employment Program creates opportunities for successful community employment. The Residential and Day Programs offer a supportive environment, providing the skills needed to gain more independence and enhance quality of life.