Shriners want to give kids free orthopedic health care

The Josephine County Shrine Club is looking for children who need free orthopedic health care.

A screening clinic for children up to age 18 has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Three Rivers Community Hospital, 500 S.W. Ramsey Road, Grants Pass.

Children with a treatable condition will be referred to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland. All medical care at Shriners hospitals is provided at no charge. The hospital can treat orthopedic conditions such as scoliosis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, neuromuscular disorders, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and club foot, among others, as well as cleft lip, cleft palate and burn scars.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children have treated more than 800,000 children since the organization was founded in 1922. Funding comes from donations, gifts, wills, bequests and fundraising programs.

No appointment is necessary. Children and their parents should come to the hospital main entrance.

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