Surrounded by UCLA doctors, Renee and Meyer Luskin (center right) watch as children cut the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony for the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital's Children's Clinic at 1530 Arizona Ave. on Wednesday morning. (photo by Brandon Wise)

MID-CITY — Children in Santa Monica and the Westside who suffer from cerebral palsy, scoliosis, spina bifida and other muscoskeletal disorders have a new facility to turn to.

The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, a leader in orthopaedic patient care, research and education for nearly a century, held the grand opening Wednesday of the Children’s Clinic, an outpatient facility that will be open five days a week with eight exam rooms, a large cast room, state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment and a child-friendly waiting area.

The seed funding for the clinic — $250,000 — was provided by Renee and Meyer Luskin.

“With the severe shortage of pediatric orthopaedic care in Santa Monica and the Westside, the clinic will allow us to improve access to care in order to get children started with the type of … treatment they need,” said Dr. Anthony Scaduto, chief of pediatric orthopaedics at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. “Compassionate care with internationally recognized and innovative orthopaedic treatments are the hallmarks of our institution.”

The clinic will be led by Scaduto and Dr. Richard Bowen, and supported with physicians from the hospital and UCLA Health System. The clinic is located at 1530 Arizona Ave.

Surgical and other inpatient services will be provided at the neighboring Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

In early 2011, the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center is scheduled to open, at which time both the children’s clinic and inpatient services will be handled under the same roof.

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