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Services Areas & Statistics


The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Centers currently serves over 830 patients across the Southeast.  Our patients have a primary diagnosis of a congenital birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.  Our clients range in age from premature infants to adults in their early 50s and come from all socio-economic backgrounds. 

Areas Served

In 2017, the Center served 831 birth defects patients from the following counties:

Tennessee : Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Camden, Coffee, Dade, Dekalb, Fentress, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Knox, Loudon, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Sequatchie, Sevier, Union, Warren, White, Williamson  Georgia :  Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Hamilton, Houston, Murray, Polk, Taylor, Union, Walker, Whitfield  Alabama : Calhoun, DeKalb, Etowah, Hamilton, Jackson, Marshall; Mississipp i: Harrison North Carolina : Cherokee, Clay, Durham, Macon, Perquimans South Carolina : Oconee

Program Services

  • 455 outpatient physician (neurosurgery and urology) clinic visits
  • 371 Diagnostic Tests (CT scans, shunt series, MRIs, lab work)
  • 119 meal vouchers to parents with hospitalized children
  • 49 gas cards distributed to clients who traveled long distances to attend the Boehm Center appointments
  • 14 referrals to other physicians
  • 57 new patients enrolled
  • 2 hospital admissions assistance
  • 2 shunts reprogrammed

  • 1 custom wheelchair
  • 3 additional medical bills for surgeries and other appointments related to diagnosis
  • 2 sponsored children to attend Camp Horizon
  • 59 education sessions and literature provided to potential clients
  • 296 additional services coordinated related to the continuity of care of our patients (Social security paperwork, prescription and supply refills and orders, coordinate other appointments, etc)


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