Dr. Holmes Morton Leaving Clinic For Special Children

Due to several factors, Amish and Mennonites suffer disproportionately from rare genetic ailments.

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Dr. Holmes Morton. Photo: The Clinic for Special Children

Dr. Holmes Morton founded the Clinic For Special Children in Lancaster County in the 1980s to help the community with these diseases.

Now after 27 years, Dr. Morton is moving on:

In a letter to the Strasburg clinic’s mostly Amish and Mennonite patients, the clinic’s board of directors explains Morton’s departure.

“Over the last several years, Dr. Morton’s involvement in the Clinic has lessened as he has focused on establishing the Central Pennsylvania Clinic in Belleville, PA. Most patient care, day to day activities and research at the Clinic for Special Children has been conducted by our medical director, Kevin Strauss, MD, and a growing staff.”

Morton is held in high regard in the Amish community:

Morton was revered by the Amish he served, some of whom remember when he was the entire clinic staff: A one-man show working tirelessly to explain the onset of genetic diseases made more prevalent by generations of Amish intermarriage.

Today, the Clinic has a staff of 15 dedicated doctors, nurses, scientists and administrators who care for thousands of children in Lancaster’s Plain Communities and beyond, the letter reads.

Other patients remembered the ease of Morton’s bedside manner and his interest in their traditionally underserved community.

The Central Pennsylvania Clinic is in the “Big Valley” Amish community, about two hours from Lancaster County.

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    3 Comments

    1. Tammy Vaughn

      God bless you!

      God bless you for your dedication Dr. Holmes.

    2. Judith

      A Fine Example

      What a fine and beautiful example to us all of how one person can change the world for the better. How science can meet religion with love and acceptance. How persistence can overcome adversity and how good can come from one person’s deep concern and caring. I am sure that the Amish as a People are better off now having known, respected and cared for by Dr. Morton. And I am sure that Dr. Morton received immense satisfaction and happiness through the honor of serving the Amish People.

      1. Agreed Judith…the Big Valley community must be glad to be gaining Dr. Morton.