Lincoln Elks, Illinois Elks and ALMH bring free clinic to children

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[February 18, 2014]  Lincoln Elks 914 Lodge in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corp. and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will sponsor a free children's orthopedic assessment clinic on April 8 at ALMH, 200 Stahlhut Drive. Assessments will be conducted by David Olysav, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Springfield Clinic. The clinic is by appointment only from 1 to 3 p.m.

This clinic is an ideal time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development. Children can be seen at the clinic if they have an uncorrectable deformity; complain of back, knee, leg or ankle pain; or have a back curvature. No medical referral is necessary for the clinic; 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 clinic.

The Elks organization has been working with physically challenged children since 1928. There are 17 Elks clinic locations throughout Illinois. The Elks provide financial assistance to their 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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To make an appointment for the clinic on April 8, 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 July 1, Oct. 14 and Jan. 13, 2015.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]

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