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Niswonger Children’s Hospital now home to first-of-its-kind Shriners Hospitals for Children clinic

From Staff Reports

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) announced a new partnership that adds world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic care to the cadre of specialized services available for children at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The partnership pairs Niswonger Children’s Hospital with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, bringing the trusted expertise of Shriners Hospitals for Children close to home for hundreds of children in the Tri-Cities region, according to a press release issued by MSHA.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Orthopaedics Clinic at Niswonger Children’s Hospital officially opened, making it the first clinic of its kind in the 89-year history of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Like Niswonger’s existing partnerships with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the new partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children demonstrates Mountain States Health Alliance’s commitment to help Niswonger Children’s Hospital grow to meet the needs of the region’s children.

“Like Shriners, Niswonger Children’s Hospital strives to provide the highest level of care to patients at a location that is convenient and close to home,” said Lisa Carter, CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “We are excited about this partnership, which brings the first pediatric orthopaedist to our region and will help us better serve our current patients and those who might need these types of services in the future. We are fortunate to be able to help fill this gap in care for our young patients.”

With services previously located more than two hours away in South Carolina at Greenville Shriners Hospital, families with kids who had complex orthopaedic conditions requiring treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children had to leave the region to get specialized care. Now, they’ll be able to see a specially trained pediatric orthopaedist at the new clinic connected with Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

“What makes this clinic special is that it is the first in the system to operate daily outside of our four walls,” said Randy Romberger, administrator of Greenville Shriners Hospital. “We believe this clinic will improve access to our services for families in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and the surrounding region. Ensuring that care is readily available for those in need is the mission that Shriners Hospitals for Children was founded upon.”

At the new clinic, Greenville Shriners Hospital physician Dr. Brandon Green – a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon – will see patients during standard office visits and will also perform surgeries. Dr. Green will treat conditions ranging from scoliosis and cerebral palsy to complex sports injuries and broken bones.

“I am excited to become part of the community in Johnson City, and also look forward to seeing patients from all over the region,” said Dr. Green.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Orthopaedics Clinic at Niswonger Children’s Hospital is currently accepting new patients. For more information, visit www.GreenvilleShrinersHospital.org or call 866-459-0013.