For years, therapists and educators at the Britain IDC and ELC have provided world-class care. Soon, these programs will have a world-class home in the new B.E. Smith Family Center.

a growing community need

The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center (Britain IDC) and Early Learning Center are currently housed in the oldest buildings on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus - constructed in 1949 and 1962, respectively. These outdated facilities present significant obstacles to our ability to respond to growing community health care needs.

Each year, more families come to the Britain IDC seeking more help than the center is able to accommodate. At any given time, up to 35 children may be placed on a waiting list, with an average wait of six to 12 months before they can begin treatment - and that number is growing. For a child and family who has just received a life-changing diagnosis, every day is critical.


hope for the future

Thanks to a generous lead gift from Doug and Nan Smith, Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) will soon deliver an even higher level of care to the children of our community. The B.E. Smith Family Center will provide a new, intentionally-designed home for the Britain IDC and Early Learning Center on the SMH campus at I-35 and 75th Street.

This facility, planned as a two-story, 63,000 square-foot building, will greatly enhance our therapeutic and educational offerings for children and families. Designed to provide a modern learning environment for children of all ability levels, the Center will foster collaboration and connection between children, families and staff, and promote understanding and inclusion of children with special needs. 

I am inspired by the joy children with special needs bring to this world and have personally seen the impact that the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center has on the children who graduate from its program. Nan and I hope that the B.E. Smith Family Center will allow children to benefit from enhanced programming and will alleviate some of the financial burdens that their families may be experiencing, in addition to providing affordable Christian-based child care for the associates of Shawnee Mission Health.
— Doug Smith, Former President & CEO, B.E. Smith