Moments after the ribbon is cut on the new Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – Indio Outpatient Pavilion, an All About Kids Health Expo will get underway to celebrate the milestone.

The Expo will  be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 82-934 Civic Center Drive in Indio on Sunday, March 11.

The Expo is free and is designed as “healthy fun for the whole family.”

For more information, call 1-800-825-KIDS.

The Children’s Hospital will house a pediatric specialty clinic, pediatric urgent care and the SAC Health System, offering primary and specialty care to families in the area.

With more  than 135,000 children living in the desert region, the Indio Outpatient Pavilion will be a welcome addition to the Coachella Valley.

In announcing plans for the new clinic, Loma Linda University Health President Dr. Richard H. Hart, said, “Our hospitals and clinics are where our beliefs are put into action, where our knowledge, our expertise and our compassion come together to restore lives and families.”

“The needs of this community are unique and complex,” Scott Perryman, senior vice president and administrator, LLUCH, said in a prepared statement. “We are honored to bring you the best care this region has to offer right here to Indio where we can serve the highest population of children in the Coachella Valley.”

Perryman said that focus groups were conducted with residents and parents of children in the region and revealed the need for a dedicated pediatric urgent care and crucial pediatric specialty services like pulmonology, neurology, cardiology and endocrinology to name a few. “Our plan is to bring you those services … with the intention of growing the spectrum of care over time,” Perryman stated, “ultimately, making this region a fully integrated partner in our pediatric health network.”

With this variety of services, the Indio clinic will be able to accommodate more than 60,000 unique pediatric visits each year.