Shriners will conduct free outreach clinics

A Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu team of health care professionals, including orthopedic surgeons, will conduct outreach clinics in Kahului from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.

The team will be seeking new patients with orthopedic conditions who may qualify for care at the Honolulu hospital and providing follow-up care for Maui patients who are receiving ongoing care from Shriners Hospital.

The free clinics will be held at the Masonic Temple-Lodge Maui at 190 W. Kamehameha Ave. A doctor’s referral is not necessary for care at Shriners Hospital.

The hospital provides care for children with various orthopedic conditions, including birth defects of hips, arms and legs; deformities of the spine; serious complications from bone infections of the arms or legs; sports injuries; cerebral palsy; some burn scars; and complicated fracture problems.

There are two qualifications for care at Shriners Hospital: Children must be under age 18 and have an orthopedic condition that can be treated. All care at the hospital is provided to a child regardless of the patient’s family’s ability to pay.

The Shriners of the Maui Shrine Club work in collaboration with Aloha Temple, which has a patient transportation fund that is used for patients from Maui, Molokai and the other Neighbor Islands who may be eligible for transportation assistance to receive care at the Honolulu hospital. Through the support of go! airlines, patients and a family member may qualify for air transportation at no cost.

To schedule an appointment, call Sandy Zukeran at (808) 951-3614 or (808) 375-9479.

This is the first of three planned visits this year by Shriners Hospital teams to the Valley Isle. Additional visits to screen new patients and to provide follow-up care are scheduled July 24 to 26 and Nov. 20 to 22.

In addition, a Shriners Hospital team will visit Molokai on May 7 and Nov. 5.