By ROSIE GITHINJI
MT. VERNON — —
The Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819 will be hosting a free orthopedic clinic for children as part of the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Program.
The program will be held at the Neuromuscular Orthopaedic Institute, 302 Broadway street, in Mt. Vernon. Charlie Wimberly, manager at the Elks Lodge, said programs like this have been happening for more than 15 years.
“It’s just one of the many parts of the Children’s Care Corporation,” he said. “Anyone is eligible for the program. If they have no insurance or no means to pay, it will be free for them.”
Wimberly said each lodge raises money to go towards the expenses for programs such as these. They raise money through various fundraisers and the budget for the programs is decided by the Children’s Care Corporation.
“We have always had a very good turnout,” he said of the programs.
The program will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. There is no cut off to how many people can attend, but Wimberly said appointments need to be made. To make an appointment, call the Elks Program at 1-800-272-0074 between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The clinic is ideal for children who have just been born through the age of 21, with flat feet, feet that turn in or out or for children who complain of leg, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist or back pain, a press release from the Children’s Care Corporation states. It is also an opportunity for children who are just beginning to walk to be reviewed for proper development.
The release also states the Elks Program will provide for all diagnostic related costs, including X-ray’s, MRI’s and other required tests. The Elks may also provide additional financial support for further treatment when needed if the family lacks financial resources.