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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 service options, expansion of rehabilitation program

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie has announced they will close their ambulatory surgery center on August 11, 2020. Although they will no longer offer surgical services at this location, they will still provide patient care services through their outpatient clinic, rehabilitation services, motion analysis center, and pediatric orthotic and prosthetic services. They will work directly with patient families to shift all surgical cases to the provider of their choice, including access to other locations in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system, along with other affiliates. “We are adapting our model to allow us to reach more kids who need our specialized care,” said Mary Jane Antoon, MSN, RN, FACHE, administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie. “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.”

The Erie Shriners Medical Center is also broadening care options to offer services to more kids in more places. They are expanding their pediatric physiatry program, which launched in 2018, by adding a physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R) physician to their medical staff. ”Physiatry complements our orthopaedic services as an excellent, non-surgical care option for our kids,” said Antoon.

Also, as part of the 2020 strategic plan, the medical center is increasing speech therapy services to be made available to more kids. This will continue the growth of the pediatric outpatient rehabilitation program, which includes occupational, physical and speech therapies.

If you are a patient or family member of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie and have questions regarding these changes, please call 814-875-8700. To request copies of your medical records, please contact health information services at 814-875-8797 or visit ShrinersErie.org for more information.