Our Mentor and Friend:
Lee Ann Britain (1935-1995)
Our program, founded by the late Lee Ann Britain began in 1972 with the support of funding from the state of Kansas. Lee Ann's vision was to provide therapy, education and emotional support to families whose children were experiencing developmental challenges. She began with a small team including a developmental pediatrician, nurse, physical therapist, and herself, a speech therapist.
By the mid 70's, the Infant Development Center was struggling due to the lack of financial resources and was about to close its doors. Lee Ann approached the President of Shawnee Mission Medical Center and gained the support from the hospital to allow her program to flourish. Since August of 1977, Infant Development Center has had a permanent home on the campus of Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Lee Ann's dream that began with just a few families, now serves over 200 children with special needs every year and over 4000 children over the past four decades. In 1994, the center was renamed the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center in her honor and memory.