Shriners to host free orthopedic screening clinic |

Shriners to host free orthopedic screening clinic

by Leslie Pearson

The Reno Kerak Shriners will host a free orthopedic screening tomorrow for children age zero to 18 in Carson City.

Richard Hawkins, Shriners Hospital clinic chairman, said that some children and their parents come to the event because of referrals from school nurses or because a parent feels that something may be medically wrong with their child.

Children with scoliosis have been screened and treated in Northern Nevada with funds from the Shriners in the past, he said.

"Sometimes we only have one or two kids attend these events and other times we have 20 or 30," Hawkins said. "But if something is found during the screening, these kids don't go without anything."

A child accompanied by a parent attends the screening, forms are filled out and then the doctor and nurse will examine the child in privacy with the parents present, Hawkins said.

"We go from there and send the results to our Shriners Hospital in Sacramento," he said. "If they need treatment for anything found in the screening then we also provide transportation to the Sacramento hospital. Costs of the treatment are based on what the parents are able to pay."

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The Shriners Hospital also provides treatment for children with burns, cleft pallets or other injuries or diseases.

The free orthopedic screening will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sierra Surgery Hospital at 1400 Medical Parkway in Carson City.

Clowns will provide entertainment for the children while they wait for their screening.

"It's kind of boring sitting around waiting for a doctor," Hawkins said. "But we love doing this. It's very inspiring and it's why I joined (the Shriners) in the first placeā€”to help children."

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