Honoring Doctor Susan M. Widmayer and the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Centerby Representative Theodore E. Deutch
Posted on 2013-02-28
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mr. DEUTCH. Mr. Speak, today I rise in honor of Doctor Susan M.
Widmayer and the Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDTC). I
would like to honor both Susan and the CDTC on their excellent research
on infant mortality and efforts to improve the lives of children and
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Widmayer, the Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Broward County has made great strides in providing special care for children with disabilities and mothers with HIV. When the CDTC started, Florida had one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country. As a result, Dr. Widmayer and her staff committed to improving the health prospects of children throughout South Florida. Thanks in part to the research by the CDTC, world HIV transmission rates from mother to infant dropped from 25 percent in the mid '90s to around 3 percent today.
When no one else would care for the tens of thousands of children with impoverished parents, Dr. Widmayer answered the call. Approximately 70 percent of the Center's clients live in poverty, but that has not stopped the CDTC from providing prevention, intervention and treatment services. Every patient that walks into the CDTC is welcome, regardless of family income. By serving the specialized needs of these children, Dr. Widmayer is giving them the opportunity and care that no other institution would.
Today I would like to honor Dr. Widmayer and the Children's Diagnostic Treatment Center, and I hope that they will continue to serve our communities by improving the lives of children throughout South Florida.