El Korah Shriners, ISU-Meridian to host free screening clinic for children with orthopedic conditions

El Korah Shriners and Idaho State University-Meridian will host a free screening clinic for children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries on Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.

Volunteer physicians will screen children and teens under age 18 for a variety of conditions, including orthopedic and spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, burns, and cleft lip and palate. The physicians will be assisted by ISU faculty members 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 to a Shriners Hospital is available based on the needs of the family.

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, according to Shriners.

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

“We’re delighted to once again 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 families in the Treasure Valley community get expert specialty care for their children,” said ISU-Meridian Associate Vice President Bessie Katsilometes.

No appointment is necessary for the Oct. 4 screening. For more information, call 208-343-0571.