Shriners Hospitals Feel Economic Times
Shriners Hospitals for Children are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care. The Shriners health care system includes 22 hospitals internationally that serve children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. These children receive all care in a family-centered environment at no charge – regardless of financial need.
Shriners hospital network relies on public donations. These donations are down due to the national recession donations. Between the decrease in donations, the increased cost of providing medical care, and the decreased admissions to some of the hospitals, Shriners is now looking at closing or suspending services at six of its hospitals.
These six hospitals include the ones in Springfield (MA), Spokane (WA), Shreveport (LA), Erie (PA), Greenville (SC), and Galveston (TX). The one in Galveston has been closed since the hurricane destroyed it and the reconstruction has been stopped. The others are all good hospital with too many vacant beds.
Final decisions on the closures are to made sometime in July.
If you know of a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help, please call THEIR toll-free patient referral line:
In the U.S.: 800.237.5055
In Canada: 800.361.7256
The Seattle Times