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Pediatric Clinic Opens Offering Specialists Closer to Home



Care from medical specialists is coming closer to home for area children.
Children's Mercy Hospital  in Kansas City has teamed up with Freeman Health System to open a pediatric clinic in Joplin. 
     A ribbon cutting was held today for the clinic which  will be open full time with a rotating team of seven  specialists.
    It's good news for families often burdened with long trips to the Kansas City hospital.
The  Powell family is used to rides  in the SUV. Eight year old  Alyssa was going to Kansas City for weekly cancer treatments at Children's Mercy. 
Alyssa says, "It was hard to be  away from family and not know what was gonna happen." 
Her two younger siblings went along too but a new clinic brings those visits closer to home. 

Alyssa's mom Becky Powell, Lamar, says, "Here its a thirty minute drive not a two hour drive.
Going to Kansas City took all day, driving, the appointments, then driving home. It takes a lot out of us.  The whole week we spend just recuperating from our trip up there."

Alyssa says, "We're going once a month now, so it wont take as a long and I can get back to school and play with my friends and see my teachers.  So it'll be easier.

The same is true for the Lantz family from Neosho.
7 year old  Braidon helped with the ribbon cutting that announced the partnership between Children's Kansas City and Freeman Health. He suffered a tick bite that ended up affecting his entire immune system. Braidon had to have surgeries, be treated for pancreatitis and was diagnosed with Addison's disease. and being able to have local visits  makes life easier and less costly  for families.

His mom Becky Lantz says closer will be better for Braidon, " He'll miss maybe a couple of hours then   can go back to school. Its very convenient for me. We don't have to worry about child care for our other children  and Brandon (her husband, Braidon's dad)  won't have to miss as much work."

Children's Mercy Vice President Marshaun Butler says, "Our mission is  to ensure all children no matter where live, where they play, have all the pediatric specialty care they  need and deserve."  Hospital officials say the space on the Freeman campus already appears to be small and expect to expand. 
  The partnership between the two means Joplin's pediatricians will be able to learn from the specialists from Kansas City. 

Pediatrician Dr. Jeffrey Grills says, "Continuing education for the practicing physicians on some of these rare conditions, how to recognize them, and  when to refer them."  All parts of training he expects through the collaboration.

Braidon's doctor Julia Broussard, MD says the relationship is "Life saving for the patient. There are  some conditions, if you delay the treatment,  then its life threatening."
KC  specialists used to hold clinics in the area once a month. But now will have a permanent space which they believe creates a better bond with families 

Dr. Broussard says its important to families, "They feel that we really care, not only about their  medical care, but about their social situation,  about  making things much easier for the kid and the whole family."
  The clinic is open to all children in the surrounding region with a doctors referral. 



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