Pediatric orthopedic care for children on the Westside became a little bit easier last week with the opening of the new Renee And Meyer Luskin Childrenâ€™s Clinic of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital at 1530 Arizona Avenue.The new clinic will provide comprehensive treatment for the full spectrum of pediatric orthopedic disorders including fractures, sports medicine, and congenital and developmental disorders. Facilities at the new clinic include eight exam rooms, a large cast room, digital imaging equipment, and administrative and support facilities. The clinic will treat all children, regardless of the familyâ€™s ability to pay. At the May 13 grand opening ceremony Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Orthopaedic Hospitalâ€™s Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics, told the Mirror the clinic will not only be providing comprehensive orthopedic treatments for kids, but will also be providing school nurse education, health fairs, and â€œmore educational courses for coaches and trainers at schools regarding injuries and treatment options.â€ He also mentioned that the clinic will be staffed by two full-time orthopedists, three part-time physicians, and that each of the physicians is a sub specialist in a field of pediatric orthopedics.The Chief Administrative Officer of the Santa Monica â€“ UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, Posie Carpenter, stated in her remarks that the opening of the clinic was the â€œrealization of the vision and hope thatâ€ was being put into the alliance between Santa Monica â€“UCLA Hospital and Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. She also reminded the audience that at the end of 2010 the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital building would open on Wishire Boulevard and 15th Street and include both inpatient and out patient services. The Renee And Meyer Childrenâ€™s Clinic of Orthopaedic Hospital will also be housed in the new building.Renee and Meyer Luskin donated $250,000 to the clinic. Meyer Luskin is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and the CEO/President of Scope Industries. At the opening ceremony Luskin said, â€œWhatâ€™s a better feeling than knowing youâ€™re helping a child in need of help.â€The clinicâ€™s digital radiology system was donated by Paul S.Vivano who is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Alliance HealthCare Services and a member of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Board of Directors. This new system lowers patient exposure time to x-rays, will make images available within less than a minute to those working in the clinic, and allow the transfer of images quickly online for review by consulting physicians at other locations. Clinic appointments will be available from 8:30a.m. â€“ 5:00 p.m. and can be scheduled by calling 310.395.4814. Additional information can be found at www.orthohospital.org/smclinic.
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