Bridging the care gap for patients in rural communities is a current priority among health care organizations across our region. In Pend Oreille County, Newport Hospital & Health Services is partnering with Shriners Hospital for Children to address the health needs of children through a free clinic for anyone 18 years and under living with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, or burn injuries. The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Family Health Center. No appointment is required. Once accepted for services, patients will be referred to Spokane Shriners Hospital for further treatment, regardless of ability to pay. If you or someone you know might benefit from services offered by Shriners and this event, please share this information so we can continue to bridge the health disparities gap in our rural communities.