Oregon: There’s a new, and much-needed clinic for sick children
Corvallispic, OR— A new pediatric clinic opened in Oregon on Wednesday, which offers care to children suffering from kidney disease and heart disease.
The Portland Children’s Hospital opened its new Corvalli Clinic in Corvallo, Oregon, on February 11, which is the first pediatric care center in the state of Oregon to be operated by a nonprofit corporation.
The Corvalla Clinic has a waiting list of 2,300 patients, and patients who are considered medically unfit are referred to the Corvalo Clinic’s other hospitals.
The hospital said that the Corvo Clinic has already seen more than 1,300 new patients in the first five months of its operation.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the growing Oregon community, where children are dying,” said Dr. Jason Dutton, Corvilla Clinic’s director of pediatric services.
“We see a lot of people in need, and that’s where we can help them.”
The new pediatric hospital is part of a broader initiative of the Corvis Clinic to expand its pediatric care and provide patients with services that they may not be able to get at home.
According to a study published in March in The Lancet, a medical journal, around a third of US children under the age of 5 have kidney disease, with around a quarter of those with the disease living in the US.
The study found that one in four children under 5 has at least one medical condition that could affect their kidney function.
The condition ranges from kidney problems, to chronic infections, to kidney disease.
In the US, more than 6.4 million children suffer from kidney or heart disease, which costs the US economy $1.2 trillion a year.
As part of Corvalls new clinic, which opened on February 10, Corvo Hospital also launched a new cardiac rehabilitation program called Corvallah Cardiac Rehabilitation, which aims to help children with heart disease and other medical conditions improve their quality of life.
Corvalla Hospital is an affiliated hospital with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. [Related: Corvo Clinic opens Oregon clinic for children with kidney disease] “There are more children in need of this type of care than anywhere else in the world,” Dr. Robert Coker, a pediatric surgeon at Corvalling Hospital, told Engadgget.
“This is a real opportunity for Oregon to really bring a new level of care to a growing population.”
The Corvo clinic is located at 1409 E.W. 10th St., Corvallas, OR 97205.
This story originally appeared on Engadgets in partnership with Kaiser Health News.