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Nicole Bennett
419-783-6930 (Office)
419-262-0371 (Cell)
Tedra White

ProMedica to Unveil the Region's First Hospital-Based Respite Center for Teens and Adults with Special Needs

posted on: 10/02/2012


Kaitlyn's Cottage

DEFIANCE, Ohio, June 15, 2012 – ProMedica will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community open house on Saturday, June 16, from 1-4 p.m., to unveil the region’s first respite center for children and adults with special needs. Kaitlyn’s Cottage, located on the campus of ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital, is for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities between the ages of 16 – 40. Members of the community are invited to attend Saturday’s event at Defiance Regional Hospital, located at 1200 Ralston Ave. in Defiance.

Kaitlyn’s Cottage provides short-term and overnight respite services for parents and caregivers who need a safe place to leave their loved ones. The new 4,500-square-foot facility offers a home-like environment that includes four private bedrooms, activity rooms and dining facilities. It is staffed by professionals trained to care for individuals with special needs. Participants will receive one-on-one attention and have opportunities to take part in fun and educational group activities.

“We started this journey 12 months ago, armed with a picture of a proposed cottage and a promise to build it,” says Gary Cates, president, Defiance Regional Hospital. “One year later, this community has supported the project with more than million in donations and we are poised to open the doors.”

The center is named after Defiance-resident Kaitlyn Shock. She was born at Defiance Regional Hospital on April 28, 1994. In 2000, she was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects young girls. Children with Rett Syndrome often exhibit autistic-like behaviors in the early stages.

Kaitlyn’s grandparents, Dan and Sharon Farrell, donated million to build the new facility and spearheaded fundraising efforts.

Kaitlyn’s Cottage will officially open on Tuesday, June 26 for day-time respite and on Friday, June 29 for overnight respite stays.

For more information about Kaitlyn’s Cottage, contact Frances Diehl at 419-783-4475. You can also find additional details on its Facebook page and at www.promedica.org.


ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital is a member of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,300 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians – with more than 400 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 306 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity.