Jennifer LeComte, D.O., FACP, FAAP, medical director of Christiana Care’s Transition Care Practice, received the 2015 Wilmington Award, presented Oct. 7 for her contributions in Health/Science.
The Transition Care Practice is Delaware’s first primary care practice focused on providing a medical home for young adults with chronic complex medical conditions who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care.
Dr. LeComte was recognized for her role in providing primary care and care coordination for a vulnerable population of patients from across the state as they age and leave their community pediatricians. She welcomes patients at a crucial time in their lives when they might find the transition to adult care providers to be challenging and stressful. Most of her patients have physical or intellectual disabilities, and many are dependent on assistive technology.
Dr. LeComte also was recognized at the Wilmington Award presentation for teaching, as she encourages medical students and resident physicians to observe and participate in the Transition Care Practice, where they are introduced to the medical and non-medical management of patients and families with complex medical conditions. She has conducted training sessions to educate nurses, medical assistants, dental assistants, social workers and clerks on the culturally competent approach to working with patients with disabilities.
Dr. LeComte also serves as medical director of the Pediatric Practice Program at the Rocco A. Abessinio Family Wilmington Health Center.
“Through her hard work and unwavering commitment to creating and developing the Transition Care Practice, which has created a medical home for young adults facing chronic, complex medical conditions, Dr. LeComte has raised the bar for the care of young adults with special health care needs in Delaware,” said Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “I commend her for dedication to compassionately serving patients with disabilities from the city of Wilmington and across the state of Delaware.”
Dr. LeComte graduated from Christiana Care’s Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program and served as chief resident at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is board-certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine.
In 2010 she received the Howard Schubiner Award, a prestigious honor bestowed by the National Med-Peds Residency Association to a resident physician who makes extraordinary, lasting contributions to the organization’s success or to medicine-pediatrics at the local or state level.