Upstate News

February 8, 2006
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site becomes part-time site of University Hospital

SYRACUSE, N.Y.- The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site that provides support to children suspected of being sexually abused has been designated by the state Health Department as a part-time site of University Hospital.

The designation strengthens the existing relationship between McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site and University Hospital’s Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) program.

CARE Director Ann Botash, M.D., said “the designation puts in place an efficient system for staffing and administrative processes, and more importantly offers the availability of a child friendly place for child victims.”

Under the new relationship CARE will perform medical exams at the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site two days a week in addition to the exams that take place at the University Health Care Center.

“The close working relationship with CARE will create a more seamless delivery of care and services to our families and children,” said Jennifer Parmalee, executive director of the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site.

The site provides a comforting safe location for abused children and non-offending family members to meet with physicians, law enforcement officers and other service providers.

Botash said the CARE program and McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site, which opened in 2002, sees more than 250 children suspected of being sexually abused each year.

For more information on McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site go to www.mcmahonryan.org
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