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About the Center

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 developmental disabilities.

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.