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Elgin Elks to hold annual free kids’ orthopedic clinic

Updated: June 2, 2013 6:09AM

ELGIN — Elgin Elks Lodge 737, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation and Sherman Hospital in Elgin, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Monday for children who do not have private health insurance.

The clinic will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and is by appointment only.

People can make an appointment by calling the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Elks will hold the clinic at Sherman Hospital, 1425 N. Randall Road. Dr. Vincent Cannestra will be the clinician in charge.

No medical referral is necessary for the clinic, but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.

The Elks Organization has been working with physically challenged children since 1928, and this is one of the 17 clinic locations throughout Illinois. The clinic is an ideal time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development.

There is no charge for any diagnostic services at this clinic. The Elks will 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, wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.

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