New, kid-friendly after-hours clinic open in Mount Pleasant

Eleanor Ross, 11, cut the ribbon today. Eleanor suffered from a coronary artery anomaly

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) A new kid-friendly clinic is now open in Mount Pleasant, offering more options for parents with kids who need urgent care after hours. {}

The MUSC Children's Hospital pediatric after-hours clinic opened Monday. The Mayors of Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island, as well as other local leaders came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening.

The clinic is located off of Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant, and will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, including all holidays.

Dr. William Randazzo, Medical Director for the new clinic, said the 5,000 square-foot clinic has 10 child-friendly exam rooms.

"All of the rooms are specially made for children, so the kids don't come in and get scared. We can do x-rays, casting, splinting, suture repair, and the routine testing that most pediatricians do."

Dr. Randazzo says the clinic is a great alternative to the emergency room for panicked parents whose children's illnesses are not life-threatening.

"Most children get sick after hours. They don't get sick between 9 and 5 during the day."

ABC News 4 spoke with one child who says the MUSC Children's hospital saved her life when she was just a toddler. 11-year-old Eleanor Ross was diagnosed with a coronary artery anomaly when she was 19 months old. She had life-saving open heart surgery at MUSC. Today she is a healthy sixth grader at Moultrie Middle School. She helped leaders cut the ribbon at the ceremony Monday.

"I think it's an honor to cut the ribbon for MUSC," Eleanor said. "If I didn't get my heart fixed, I would have died."