The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, a leader in orthopaedic patient care, research and education, plans to open a children’s clinic in Santa Monica in the spring to serve the needs of children in the surrounding area.

The seed funding for the clinic was provided by Renee and Meyer Luskin.

Treating a full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic care for conditions such as cerebral palsy, clubfoot, fractures, hemophilia, scoliosis, hip dysplasia, spina bifida and other musculoskeletal disorders, the clinic will be an outpatient facility serving pediatric orthopaedic needs in the West Los Angeles area, hospital officials said.

The facility at 1530 Arizona Ave. in Santa Monica will be open five days a week with eight exam rooms, a large cast room, state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment, a child-friendly waiting area, administrative and support facilities.

“With the severe shortage of pediatric orthopaedic care in Santa Monica and the Westside, the clinic will allow us to improve access to care in order to get children started with the type of orthopaedic treatment they need,” said Dr. Anthony Scaduto, chief of pediatric orthopaedics at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.

“If their care requires a hospital visit, our inpatient facilities are just across the street. Compassionate care with internationally recognized and innovative orthopaedic treatments are the hallmarks of our institution.”

The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Children’s Clinic will be led by Scaduto and Dr. Richard Bowen, and supported with physicians from Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital and UCLA Health System. Surgical and other inpatient services will be provided at the neighboring Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, where the replacement hospital for Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital has been relocated.

In early 2011, the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital is scheduled to open, at which time both the children’s clinic and inpatient services will be handled under the same roof. This new hospital is anticipated to be one of the most advanced pediatric orthopaedic facilities in the country, hospital officials said.

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