Health Alert: Annual Shriners Pediatric Orthopaedic Screening Clinic Part 1

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Welcome back to Health Alert! Joining us tonight concerning the 23rd Annual Shriners Pediatric Orthopaedic Screening Clinic for children at United Hospital Center is S. Whitney Courtney, D.O., physician at UHC Family Medicine and faculty at UHC Family Medicine Residency program.

United Hospital Center in Bridgeport

Question: Why is this partnership between the Shriners Hospitals and UHC so important for our region?

Answer: This partnership between the Shriners and UHC provides an opportunity to refer children who could benefit from treatment. As you said, this is the 23rd year for this screening and UHC will have a team of medical professional at the Family Medicine Clinic on Saturday, April 20 from 10 am to 2 pm. We will help identify children in the region who can benefit from care. However, children will not be diagnosed; they will be evaluated to determine if their condition is treatable at a Shriner’s Hospital.

Question: What medical conditions will the Family Medicine physicians at UHC be looking for concerning the referral to a Shriner’s Hospital?

Answer: We will be identifying such maladies as: club feet, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, hand and back problems, bowed legs, rickets, dislocated hips, spinal cord injuries, burns, and cleft lip and palate. The age range for children who may be assisted includes newborns to age 18. If it is determined that a child can be helped, Shriners Hospitals for Children will follow up to contact the family to make arrangements for the child’s first appointment.

Question: How can someone request an appointment for their child concerning the clinic?

Answer: The Saturday, April 20, clinic is free and will be held at UHC Family Medicine on the 5th floor of the Physician’s Office Building (that is the building connected to UHC). To schedule an appointment, call (681) 342-3646, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Walk-ins will also be welcomed.