PRC fundraiser coming up

DeWayne Bartels

“It started with a simple question,” Dr. Kay Saving said of how the Pediatric Resource Center, which serves abused children, began.

Saving, the medical director of the PRC, and a lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria, recalls clearly how the center got its start in 1990. It came in a lecture hall at the college.

Saving had just finished her last lecture on ethical and difficult medical issues when she asked if the students had ideas for future topics.

“A resident said, ‘The hardest thing for me to deal with is Shaken Baby Syndrome.’ He said, ‘I just want to kill the person who did it.’”

As Saving pressed the students, she found they did not receive much training on dealing with such issues. That started some investigative work on Saving’s part. She talked to doctors, social service agencies, police and DCFS.

Saving found out a coordinated effort between all the needed aspects of treatment for child abuse victims was lacking. It took Saving three years of work and planning to see PRC open in 1993. 

The PRC is a community service program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria affiliated with the Children’s Hospital at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. The center provides medical and social services to suspected child-abuse victims and their families. PRC employees work with the medical, social service, law enforcement and legal agencies involved in a child-abuse case.

The PRC also works to enhance the community’s response to child abuse and neglect through training and education.

The PRC serves 40 counties throughout Illinois. Since its inception in 1993, more than 4,000 children have been served.

The center operates on an annual budget of about $600,000, about 12 percent of which is raised through the annual fundraiser.

IF YOU GO

PRC Fundraiser DATE: Oct. 2

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Peoria Country Club

TICKETS: $100

PHONE: 624-9595