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Every child dreams of being in the driver’s seat. But not all children travel the same road. For children faced with physical challenges, fulfilling the promise of a brighter tomorrow can be a long and bumpy ride. The specialists at Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities are determined to put children in the driver’s seat and set them on the road to independence.

Since 1923, Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities’ board-certified surgeons and staff have been providing high-quality medical care to all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Our clinic specializes in treating children with orthopaedic conditions in an environment designed to put children at ease. Every member of our team, from surgeons and therapists to nurses and prosthetists, work together to ensure the best course of treatment for each patient.

The staff at Twin Cities Shriners Healthcare proudly serves children in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, western Wisconsin and into the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Why should you choose Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities?

  • For more than 90 years, we have served our mission specializing in only one thing; pediatric orthopaedics. We focus on providing patients with an exceptional depth of expertise rather than trying to provide care for all pediatric conditions.
  • We are part of an international healthcare system.
  • Patients who have been surveyed for satisfaction through Press Ganey ranked our outpatient services in the top 10 percent of outpatient clinics nationally in 2017.
  • Not only will your child’s medical needs be met by our world-class physicians, we also offer programs to meet their social and emotional needs through camps and activities. Learn about some of the camps we offer on our YouTube channel.
  • We provide an intimcate, family-centered environment where all clinic services are provided under one roof.
  • Your child will have the opportunity to develop a close relationship with their care team.

History of Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system

Inside Shriners Hospitals for Children each day, patients and families say thank you to Shriners International fraternity – those men in the red fezzes. Our model for care was imagined and established by Shriners International, the fraternal organization for which the health care system is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized pediatric care, Shriners International opened their first hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1922. Polio was reaching epidemic proportions and only families of means had ready access to doctors, leaving thousands of children at risk without health care. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children suffering from the crippling effects of polio, clubfoot and other orthopaedic conditions could receive life-changing medical care.

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest philanthropies, Shriners Hospitals for Children has evolved into an international health care system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through expert care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and other complex surgical needs. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

History of Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities

After an extensive search of both the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, an eleven-acre, wooded lot on the east bank of the Mississippi River (site of the current clinic) was selected for the construction of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities. Mr. Charles Gold, the treasurer of Northwestern Knitting Company sold the property to the Shrine organization for $20,000 (one-half the market value). The money for the property’s purchase was cooperatively donated by the Osman and Zuhrah Shrine Centers.

In November of 1921, the groundbreaking ceremony took place for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities. The initial cost of construction was $250,000. Of the 22 locations, the Twin Cities facility was the third site developed.

On Monday, September 25, 1922 the Minnesota Grand Lodge laid the hospital cornerstone. A time capsule contained in the cornerstone included copies of Masonic publications, a button from the lapel of the Imperial Potentate and lapel buttons from both Osman and Zuhrah Shrine Centers. The official hospital dedication and opening day was March 12, 1923.

In 1923 the average patient stay was 1–2 years, in the 1970s it was 65 days, in the 1990s it was 9 days and in the 2000s it reduced to 2.5 days. Many early patients were treated for polio, a disease which was virtually eliminated in the late 1950s after a vaccine was developed. With the introduction of the polio vaccine, the hospital began to turn its primary focus to orthopaedic care, including congenital defects, trauma related injuries and cerebral palsy.

In 1955, the hospital added an outpatient department.

In addition to the high-quality medical care, patients and families benefit from the efforts of other groups who support the hospital. Shriners International, WGA 4 Kids, Daughters of the Nile and many others have committed themselves to meeting the needs of those served. These special groups of supporters provide volunteers, funding, special need items and an added level of attention that extends well beyond the traditional hospital.

On April 17, 1990, the current building was opened to patients and families. The $24 million building project provided more space and included a parent accommodation center (PAC). The PAC allowed families to stay together on campus while their child was treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities. The WGA 4 Kids dedicated one million dollars towards the construction of the PAC.

State-of-the-art surgical suites and new departments were added to the building in order to provide better care. An in-house orthotics and prosthetics lab was added to make orthotics (braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs). An occupational therapy department and therapeutic pool were added to complement the physical therapy department, providing comprehensive rehabilitation services.

In December of 2018, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities transitioned from a hospital to an outpatient clinic model and is now called Shriners Healthcare for Children™ — Twin Cities. This transition means that surgeries are no longer being performed in our building. Our surgeons are still performing surgery on our patients, but at an off-site location. The majority of surgeries are taking place at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, while some will take place at other hospitals. If a patient requires an inpatient stay, they will remain at the hospital where their surgery took place to recover.

Patients will continue to receive outpatient services including physician visits, child life sessions, radiology exams, rehabilitation (occupational and physical therapy), and orthotic and prosthetic services in our current building located on East River Parkway in Minneapolis.

If you are seeking a well-established health care system for children that specializes in orthopaedic care, look no further than Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities. We deliver the highest quality care to children with orthopaedic conditions. From foot, ankle and hand disorders to rheumatology and specialized plastic surgery, we are proud to be a health care facility that parents trust to treat a diverse array of orthopaedic issues.

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities, like the other U.S. based hospitals in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system, reaffirms its commitment to excellence of care through the development of its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a requirement for tax-exempt hospitals to engage their servicing community every three years and assess their health needs. Based on the findings, we have developed an action plan to work alongside community stakeholders to address the health needs of the community.