After his last benefit concert in 2009, the Center added a 7,000-square-foot expansion that was completed in 2011. It includes an indoor, all handicap accessible therapeutic play structure, several additional therapy rooms, a conference room, a therapy restroom, a rock wall, a zip line and what is now the newly completed KRCC Center for Gait and Motion Analysis Lab.
“It’s hard to remember just how cramped we were before this because we've gotten accustomed to the new space now,” says Brandy Dallas, Clinical Coordinator and Physical Therapist at the Center. “We were able to increase our therapy staff by adding six and were able to move more children off the waiting lists,” she added. The Center currently has a total of 26 employees – six office personnel, 13 Occupational Therapists, two Physical Therapists, two Physical Therapy Assistants and three Speech Therapists. “That’s a far cry from the original Scott-Mississippi-New Madrid Counties United Cerebral Palsy Center that opened its doors with five clients, one paid employee, two foster grandparents and several other volunteers,” states Fayette.
The Center continues to provide therapy services at no charge to the families, as they have for over 40 years now. “We are very proud to have this state-of-the-art facility in Southeast Missouri. It truly is a one-of-a-kind facility where children receive not only the therapy that they need, but receive some of the highest quality in the nation,” states Charlotte York, President of the Board for the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center. “The fact that Kenny Rogers is still involved with the Center shows how passionate he is about our mission and what the Center is doing. We are so blessed to have his continued support and can't wait to see him at the upcoming concert,” she adds.
The benefit concert is June 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Sikeston Field House in Sikeston, Missouri. Tickets are available at www.kennyrogerscenter.org, or by phone at 877-471-0397.