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Cincinnati Shriners Hospital celebrates 50 years of pediatric specialty care

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital celebrates 50 years of pediatric specialty care

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati kicked off its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, February 14, with an internal celebration that included staff, volunteers and board members.

The morning’s celebration, which took place in the hospital atrium, included a special presentation by Lauren Lind, a local burn survivor who was burned over 40 percent of her body at age 6 when a large container of hot chocolate tipped over into her car seat while in route to her brother’s football game. Now a student at the University of Cincinnati, Lauren has served four summers as a junior counselor at Camp Ytiliba, the hospital’s week-long camp for patients. “I don’t remember the pain,” said Lind, “I remember this being one of my favorite places. I always feel special here.”

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital opened in 1968 as Shriners Burns Institute, and was connected with General Hospital, what is now University of Cincinnati Medical Center. One of only four free-standing pediatric burn hospitals in the country today, the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital has expanded its care over the years to include plastic and reconstructive surgery, treatment of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders, and complex skin and wound conditions. As always, the hospital treats children based strictly on their needs and regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

The hospital has celebrations planned throughout the year, including a Patient Reunion on June 16, and a visit from David Ragan, NASCAR driver whose number 38 Ford Fusion is sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children, on July 12.

Media is welcome at both events.

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