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Services Areas & Statistics


The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Centers currently serves over 880 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 2019, the Center served 880 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

  • 512 outpatient physician (neurosurgery and urology) clinic appointments
  • 620  Diagnostic Tests (CT scans, shunt series, MRIs, lab work)
  • 383 additional services related to patients' continuity of care
  • 90 Units of financial aid (medical bills, meal vouchers and gas cards)
  • 35 lifesaving surgeries related to neural tube defects


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