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Injury clinic patient

Injury clinic patient

Oahu resident Leo Campagna can already call himself an entrepreneur. He runs a small business called “The Littlest Co-op.” It is a group of young farmers that sell homegrown plants at local farmers markets. Those who know Leo call him a risk taker, but it was that sense of adventure that lead to a mishap at a Honolulu playground.

“I broke my arm because of the slide,” said Leo. “I was swinging on the bar on the slide.”

Leo fell and snapped his humerus bone, so his family took him to the emergency room for immediate treatment and discovered it could take days to see a pediatric orthopaedic physician. For Leo’s family and many other Hawaii families, waiting for treatment when a child is in pain is not an option.

That is why Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu has a walk-in injury clinic for urgent playground and sports injuries. The hospital’s world-class team of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and experts in bone, joint and muscle therapies will see patients Monday through Friday with no appointment necessary. Patients will receive care that could include casting, X-rays, surgery and rehabilitation as needed.

“All the members of the team are here taking care of lots of kids with orthopaedic and bone problems,” said Jonathan Pellett, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu. “It’s just a natural fit that someone with an injury could slide right in and get their treatment.”

The hospital accepts all forms of insurance, including no insurance, and welcomes all patients regardless of their families' ability to pay.

“We think this clinic will make it easier for the families, more cost effective for the insurance companies and just make the whole ordeal more pleasant,” said Pellett.

“I want a fez,” said the precocious student with a smile. “Then I can be like a mini Shriner.”