St. Vincent Physician Network
Fortin Pediatric Specialty Clinic
The St. Vincent Physician Network - Fortin Pediatric Specialty Clinic provides the highest level of care to our smallest and most vulnerable patients. St. Vincent has been caring for the region's children for more than 110 years; we understand the special needs of children and have worked to develop innovative and progressive services to meet those needs. The Fortin Pediatric Specialty Clinic is a hub for visiting board-certified pediatric specialists and subspecialists from around the western United States. Should your child need a specialist, these physicians will maintain in contact with your child's primary pediatrician throughout the course of treatment. This allows children to heal close to home and reduce costs incurred with travel. In addition to the team of traveling physicians, the Fortin Pediatric Specialty Clinic has several doctors on site accepting appointments daily.
- Childrens Cancer and Blood Disorder Clinic: This clinic offers a full range of medical, nursing and support services required for the optimal care of children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases. We diagnose and treat childhood leukemias, solid tumors, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, hemoglobinopathies, bone marrow failure states, and certain genetic disorders.We help coordinate care with the many other subspecialties that are required for the complex comprehensive care of our patients.
- Cleft/Craniofacial Clinic: Comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic evaluations are provided by the specialty members of this multi-disciplinary team, which include experts from the following disciplines: plastic surgery, orthodontics, dentistry, pediatrics, genetics, ENT, audiology, nutrition, speech therapy and social work.
All team members have input to the various treatment options and a consensus of recommendations is offered to the family and local physicians. This clinic is provided at no charge to the patients.
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Clinic: Pediatric Pulmonologists who specialize in treating children with lung conditions both chronic and acute provide services at this clinic. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disorder of the exocrine glands, affecting a variety of body systems including the airway, pancreas, intestinal tract and sweat glands. The CF Clinic team includes doctors, nurses, respiratory therapist, nutritionist and social worker. This quarterly clinic provides clinical evaluation(s), not including medication and nutritional assessments.
- Cardiology: Pediatric Cardiology is a subspecialty that involves the diagnosis and care of children with both congenital and acquired heart disease. Congenital heart disease is the most common form of congenital abnormality in children. The main tools of the pediatric cardiologist include a good history and physical examination, which includes the stethoscope, electrocardiogram, cardiac ultrasound and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Wiggins welcomes referrals for schedules appointments and consultations.
- Endocrine Clinic: Children who attend this Clinic are provided with an evaluation and recommendations for treatment of a variety of known or suspected endocrine conditions including growth hormone therapy, puberty disorders, thyroid conditions and others. The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete hormones into the blood stream. These hormones affect various processes throughout the body, such as metabolism and growth.
- Gastrointestinal Clinic: The GI system includes the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, liver and small/large intestines. This Clinic serves children up to 18 who have problems with any of these organs. Children who have had an organ transplant or nutritional problems are also seen in this clinic. Appointments are made by referral from pediatricians and other community providers.
- Genetic Clinic: This Clinic is available for evaluation of patients of any age suspected or known to have a genetic disorder. Genes are the basic units of inheritance. There are many reasons why a child may have a genetic disorder. They may be born with an abnormality in their genes (ex: Downs Syndrome or Turners Syndrome) or there may be environmental reasons (such as drinking alcohol or using drugs during a pregnancy). Geneticists and genetic counselors from Shodair Hospital in Helena provide the services at this Clinic, which may include suggestions for helping a child in school, proper diet, prognosis or genetic tendency for this disability to reoccur in later pregnancies.
- High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic: Some graduates from the Newborn Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) have or develop significant developmental delays. Some of these include prematurity, congenital defects or extreme illnesses that may damage or delay development of the nervous system. These delays may not be detectable at first, but may become apparent over time. This Clinic screens for developmental problems and offers parents and caregivers information on resources to support and promote their child's development. Children will see a developmental pediatrician, a speech therapist, an occupational therapist and a physical therapist. This Clinic is provided at no charge to the patients.
- Metabolic Clinic: Children attending this Clinic receive diagnosis and evaluation for a variety of metabolic conditions. They are provided with assistance with long-term management of dietary, developmental, social and other issues that may be associated with having a metabolic condition. Metabolic disorders are uncommon but often require a very specific specialist, a geneticist, nutritionist, a social worker and a nurse. This Clinic is provided at no charge to the patients.
- Nephrology Clinic: Nephrology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of kidney problems. Children with a variety of kidney diseases, as well as those with acute symptoms, are seen at this twice per year. Doctors at this Clinic work with you to provide complete care that meets the unique requirements of your child focusing on the special needs of growing children with kidney disease. Children who have had an organ transplant are also seen at this clinic.
- Neural Tube Defect Clinic: Children with neural tube defects including spina bifida are seen in this multidisciplinary Clinic. Experts from the following disciplines provide evaluations: neurosurgery, urology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, physical therapy and counseling. Families and patients are provided with assistance with long-term management of all issues that may be associated with neural tube defect.
- Neurology: Neurology is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, which include the brain and spinal cord. At this Clinic, infants, children and adolescents are evaluated for headaches/migraines, seizures/epilepsy and standard neurological disorders affecting children such as tics and disorders of the developing nervous system.
- Rehabilitation Clinic: Children with a variety of muscle tone abnormalities are seen at this quarterly Clinic, including those affected by cerebral palsy or any type of brain injury. Different methods of treatment and interventions are offered at this clinic including medication injections and therapy suggestions aimed at optimizing the child's health and functioning.
James Wiggins, MD
Santha Chamberlin, MD
Tom Flass, MD, MS
Carrie Laborde Neuhardt, MD
Colin Van Orman, MD