At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

Screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital.

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An early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is key to preventing or slowing joint damage and preserving joint function and mobility. The best treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is an individualized approach.

At the Springfield Shriners Hospital, we have on-site access to orthopaedics, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, family services and Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Northeast, LLC, making it easier to provide the range of care needed.

Even children as young as a 1 year old can develop arthritis, so it is not just a disease of the elderly. Our overall goal is to restore function and allow each child to reach his or her full potential.

In addition to treating JIA, the rheumatology clinic at the Springfield Shriners Hospital also evaluates and treats patients with:

  • Chronic joint pain
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Pain amplification disorders
  • Periodic fever syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis 

The medical team

Peter R. Blier, Ph.D., M.D., Pediatric Rheumatologist

To schedule an appointment, call new patient access at 413-735-1234 or 800-322-5905.