Guam - The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has announced that a medical team from Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu will be providing free orthopedic services for the next 8 working days at Central Public Health.
Anyone between the ages of 0 to 18 who have orthopedic ailments from sports injuries to congenital deformaties are eiligible for the free service. Dr. Jonathon Pellet explains that Shriners Hospital is slightly limited in its resources on Guam, "For any orthopedic patient, they can get care free of charge. The only problem is that for surgery you need to go to our hospital in Honolulu. And we will get that patient on a plane to Hawaii." In addition, Pellet says that Shriners only sent him and one other physician to Guam.
The 144-year-old fraternal Shriners Club, which sponsors the 22 Shriner Hospitals across North America, has an endowment of 7 billion dollars to pay for its hospitals.
Any caregiver or orthopedic patient can fill an application form at Medical Social Services to have an appointment. The application does not require a physician referral.