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news News Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:38 AM - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:38 AM

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie announces changes to care options

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie announced they are broadening care options in 2020, to offer their services to more kids in more places. They will be expanding the pediatric physiatry program, which launched in 2018, by adding a physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R) physician to their medical staff. ”Physiatry will complement our orthopaedic services as an excellent, non-surgical care option for our kids,” said Mary Jane Antoon, MSN, RN, FACHE, administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie.

The Erie Shriners Medical Center will also increase speech therapy services. This will continue the growth of the pediatric rehabilitation program, which includes occupational, physical and speech therapies. Additionally, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie is developing a program to make referrals to their pediatric rehabilitation and orthotic and prosthetic services simpler and more convenient for families. There are potential long-term plans for new outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers in surrounding communities, bringing Shriners Hospital’s specialized care for children closer to their homes.

The medical center will shift same-day surgical cases to their affiliates, and other Shriners Hospitals for Children locations, by the end of 2020. “We are adapting our model to allow us to reach more kids who need our specialized care,” said Antoon. “What has not changed is our mission and commitment to our community; we have been caring for kids, regardless of their families’ ability to pay, in this region for nearly 100 years, and are positioning ourselves for the next 100 years.”

If you are a patient or family member of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie and have questions regarding these changes, please contact 814-875-8700.