Medical Genetics at Shodair Children's HospitalShodair Children's Hospital has a rich heritage of caring for children. In the late 1800s, orphaned and abandoned children boarded "orphan trains" in the South and Midwest. If the children were not adopted at one of the stops along the way, they would end up in Helena, Montana, the last stop. Montana Children's Home was founded in 1896 to care for these neglected children as well as other Montana children who had been orphaned or abandoned. Its name was later changed to Shodair Children's Hospital after benefactor Louis Shodair.
Hospital services were added in the 1930s, and in the 1940s. Shodair became the first hospital in Montana to accept and treat patients with polio. Shodair later developed into a general pediatric hospital serving children throughout the state.
The Department of Medical Genetics was established in the 1970s and continues to play a significant role at Shodair. In the early 1980s, Shodair developed an adolescent chemical dependency treatment program and in 1987, a child and adolescent psychiatric program was developed.
In 1996, Shodair celebrated its 100th anniversary of serving the needs of Montana's children and families. Shodair is a nonprofit, nondenominational children's hospital that is committed to providing health care services not otherwise available in local communities throughout the state. The organization is guided by a mission to treat childhood illnesses and disorders; to carry on health-related research; and to promote the overall health of the community and state.
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Department Of Medical GeneticsThe medical genetics program provides comprehensive services to individuals with genetic conditions or concerns about their risk to transmit or develop a genetic disorder. The program also helps children who are suffering from birth disorders or inherited health conditions. Services include: