HOUSTON — January 22, 2018 — Nexus Health Systems is excited to announce the restart of their national Changes Health and Wellness program at Nexus Children’s Hospital, on the west side of Houston. Reopening on January 15, the program offers support and treatment for patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a rare genetic disorder that affects learning and behavior, and causes health problems related to overeating and weight gain. This program can also provide care for patients with other weight management related illnesses.
“Our inpatient program is one of the only available in the country for children with PWS,” said Dr. John W. Cassidy, Nexus Health Systems Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. “We provide a safe, structured environment where these children and their families learn behavior management strategies and coping skills.”
The program’s safe, structured environment addresses patients’ medical and behavioral complications due to their PWS diagnosis. Low-calorie diets, set schedules, food security, individualized physical training and behavior support is available for children, while family members receive education and training to continue successful management at home.
Nexus Health Systems President Erin Cassidy explained that services for this patient population can be difficult to find.
“My hope for the recommencement of our program is that we’ll be able to provide treatment that delivers great outcomes for our patients and their families. We were able to help so many patients when our program ran previously, and I have confidence that our multidisciplinary team can do the same this time, too.”