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November 22, 2014

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Sexual abuse exams to resume at Children’s Advocacy Center

Clark County commissioners approved today the hiring of a new team of physicians to conduct sexual abuse exams at the Children's Advocacy Center next to the county's family court facility.

Exams are expected to begin in the second week of March.

The popular program, which provided forensic sexual abuse exams in an environment intended to be more child-friendly than hospital emergency rooms, was suspended Oct. 4. Sources familiar with the reason for the suspension told the Sun at the time that the decision was made after county clerical staffers expressed concerns about the propriety of their roles in assisting in the exams.

Since then, cases have been transferred to Sunrise Children's Hospital.

The new physician group, called Swift's Children's Emergency Medicine Network, will provide medical administration and staffing, which will include a physician, a registered nurse to assist in the exams and a child life specialist who is trained to help children and their families deal with challenging life events and stressful healthcare experiences.

The county will pay Swift's $843,000 annually, based on an estimate of 780 exams.

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