For Immediate Release
October 24, 2020
New center will provide greater access for children in McLean County
Normal, IL – Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy moves to the grounds of Carle BroMenn Medical Center to provide a larger space that supports eight different therapies specialized to help children reach their potential. The program is moving from a 1,000-square-feet space at the Hunt Drive location to a 4,700-square-feet space with multiple rooms that boast state-of-the-art equipment.
With the move to the new location, and to honor former Marcfirst Chief Operating Officer, Gregg Chadwick, Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy will officially be renamed The Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center.
CEO Brian Wipperman said, “this expansion would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of my friend and colleague, Gregg Chadwick. The Marcfirst Board of Directors and leadership team at Marcfirst agreed that naming the space after him to recognize his hard work and dedication to ensuring that children in our community receive the best therapies was the best way to continue Gregg’s legacy.”
Chadwick passed away in September 2020. Chadwick was instrumental with his efforts in research which created an environment for the Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy program to expand and remain the largest provider of pediatric therapy in McLean County.
Robyn Walter, spouse of the late Chadwick said, “Gregg greatly respected the work and impact that Marcfirst staff do and have on the children and families in this community. His endeavor to strengthen the agency's service, while satisfying, was also what was needed, thus adding his name would seem entirely unnecessary to him. That being said, Marcfirst's honor and recognition of Gregg's role in making the Pediatric Therapy Center a reality is deeply meaningful to our family.”
The Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center will begin therapy sessions in November at the new location of 1302 Franklin Ave., Suite L500, Normal, IL 61761.
Marcfirst was established by families in 1955 to address the need for education for people with developmental disabilities and has continued to provide services for a lifetime of supports. In the last 60+ years, Marcfirst has been at the forefront of supporting individuals as they reach their full potential through integration into our Bloomington-Normal community. Marcfirst’s mission is to connect families and people with developmental disabilities to their community through a lifetime of meaningful supports. Marcfirst envisions a community that encourages and accepts all people. Marcfirst operates a $6 million annual budget supporting over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Marcfirst provides a number of programs to support individuals through all stages of life. SPICE Pediatric Therapy meets the needs of children with developmental disabilities or delays from birth to 14-years. The High School Transition Program creates a bridge between school life and future adult services. Marcfirst’s Supported Employment Program creates opportunities for successful community employment. The Residential and Day Programs offer a supportive environment, providing the skills needed to gain more independence and enhance quality of life. Marcfirst is proud to serve over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities in McLean County to reach their potential.