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McCarty Center to Host 65th Anniversary Reception and Alumni Dance

( Monday, May 16, 2011) The J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities is 65 years old this year. To mark the occasion the hospital will host an anniversary reception on Friday, June 3, from 5-7 p.m. at their conference center. An alumni dance will take place from 7-9 p.m. with music provided by The South 77 Band.

“When you’ve taken care of children for as long as we have, you make a lot of friends,” said Vicki Kuestersteffen, director and CEO of the McCarty Center.

“The kids and their families. The staff. Volunteers. Donors and supporters from the community. We become very close - like family.”

Kuestersteffen would like to extend an invitation all current and former patients and their families, volunteers, donors, supporters and staff to drop by during this come and go reception. Tours of the main facility will be available for those who haven’t had a chance to visit the hospital since its move to 2002 East Robinson Street. Welcoming comments will be made at about 5:30 p.m.

The McCarty Center was founded by a veterans group called the 40 et 8 of Oklahoma. They started the hospital because one of their members had a grandson with cerebral palsy and nowhere in Oklahoma could he find a place to teach his grandson to walk or talk. The 40 et 8 created a place that would provide the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that children with developmental disabilities needed to reach their highest level of functionality and independence.

In the beginning, the McCarty Center only treated one diagnosis – cerebral palsy. Sixty-five years later, the hospital has treated more than 100 different diagnoses in the developmental disability category and has evolved into Oklahoma’s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21.

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