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El Korah Shriners and Idaho State University-Meridian to host free screening clinic for children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries

Posted September 17, 2013

The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m to 1 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian. The Center is located on the north side of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads.

Volunteer physicians will screen children and teens under age 18 for a variety of conditions, including orthopedic and spinal cord injuries, burns, and cleft lip and palate.  The physicians will be assisted by ISU faculty and student clinicians representing programs in physician assistant studies, physical therapy, audiology and speech-language pathology.

The purpose of the screening clinic is to evaluate children for possible treatment at a Shriners Hospital for Children.  Reimbursement for patient and guardian travel is available based on the needs of the family, according to El Korah Shriners Potentate Ron Lester.

"The El Korah Shriners are excited to work with the staff at ISU-Meridian to present this annual screening clinic.  The facilities and the staff and leadership at ISU-Meridian offer a high level of expertise and medical professionalism that Shriners value," said Lester.

 The 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

This is the fourth year ISU-Meridian and the Shriners have partnered to present the screening.

"We're delighted to partner with the El Korah Shriners. The free screening clinic is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain valuable inter-professional clinical experience while helping children in the Treasure Valley community get expert specialty care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate at Shriners Hospitals," said ISU-Meridian Associate Vice President Bessie Katsilometes.

For more information about the Oct. 5 screening clinic, call 208-343-0571. 

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