Pictured, left to right, are Brittney Peterson, Erin
Peterson, David Peterson and Bill Block from the Illinois
Elks Children Care Corp. and T.J. Cosgrove from Elks Lodge
Lincoln Elks, Illinois Elks and ALMH bring free clinic to children
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[April 28, 2014]
After the clinic's long absence from the
area and two years of working to bring the service back to Logan
County, the Elks were thrilled to welcome 10 families to the Elks
Orthopedic Assessment Clinic at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on
April 8. Lincoln Elks Lodge 914, the Illinois Elks Children's Care
Corp. and ALMH worked collaboratively to offer the opportunity for
local children to be seen by David Olysav, M.D.
Dr. Olysav, an orthopedic surgeon with Springfield Clinic, saw a
variety of patients and was able to review their bone and joint
development and provide suggestions and support to the parents in
their efforts to provide the best care possible for their children.
"It was an incredible experience," one person commented. "I won't
soon forget the caring that ALMH, Dr. Olysav and the Elks all showed
by working together to bring this service to the children of our
Brittney Peterson and David Peterson of Lincoln brought their
daughter, Erin, to the clinic. Erin suffers from reduced range of
motion in her legs, which often leaves her in pain.
"Dr. Olysav examined her, answered all of our questions and gave
use a great plan of care. He and his staff were warm, friendly and
informative," the Petersons said. "We left an otherwise anxious
appointment feeling relieved and with the hope that following his
instructions will mean real improvements for Erin. We thank the Elks
Children's Care Corp., ALMH and Dr. Olysav for the opportunity to
attend the orthopedic clinic."
The Elks organization has been working with physically challenged
children since 1928. There are 17 clinic locations throughout
Illinois. The Elks provide financial assistance to the best of their
ability for children needing further treatment or specialty
equipment when the family lacks sufficient resources to do so. In
the past, the Elks have purchased therapy services, corrective
shoes, braces, orthotics, wheelchairs and augmentative communication
devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.
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No medical referral is necessary for the clinics; however,
physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a
specific reason or second opinion. School nurses are also welcome to
refer children and families to the clinics.
To make an appointment for the next clinic, on July 1, call the
Illinois Elks Children's Care office at 1-800-272-0074 anytime
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no
charges for any services performed at the clinic. Additional clinics
are scheduled for Oct. 7 and Jan. 13, 2015.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]