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ENSURING FIRST-RATE CARE:  Major gift helps autism center expand services

(July 21, 2014)   —   An anonymous gift of $1 million will enable the Family Autism Center at East Carolina University to increase professional staff and expand services for people with autism in eastern North Carolina.

“We look forward to adding colleagues from psychology and social work, as well as experienced therapists [speech-language and occupational therapists] to our current physician and nursing staff,” said Dr. Michael Reichel, a developmental and behavioral specialist in ECU’s pediatrics department and the center’s director. “Providing interdisciplinary evaluations and services will mark yet another step in fulfilling our mission to serve children and families in our region.”

Marcy Romary, interim president for ECU’s Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, said the recent gift was motivated by the donor’s close relationship with grandparents of a child on the autism spectrum.