Workers Volunteer During Clinic

WHEELING – Sistersville General Hospital recently held its annual Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Clinic with the help of workers who volunteered their time.

“We would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to Kim Beaver, Ally Weber, Luanne Beard, Susan Mason and Janna Ebert. A very special thank you to Dr. Tom Gilligan for donating his service to the community,” said hospital spokeswoman Diana Rice.

Children who needed medical help for birth defects, burns and orthopedic issues attended the clinic.

“Four children attended. The most distance traveled was 30 miles,” Rice said.

There was no residency requirement.

“Treatment areas cover a wide range of pediatric orthopedics, including scoliosis, limb discrepancies, club foot, hip dysplasis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, as well as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neurological conditions that affect ambulation and movement. Three of the hospitals provide spinal cord rehabilitation that is developmentally appropriate for children and adolescents, with adventure and adapted sports programs, activity-based rehabilitation, aquatherapy, animal-assisted therapy and other innovative programs,” Rice said.

Children in the Ohio Valley typically are sent to the Cincinnati hospital for burns, Lexington, Ky., for orthopedics and Chicago for spinal cord injury, cleft lip and palate and orthopedics. Transportation to the hospitals is provided by the Shriners.