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news item News Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:32 PM - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:32 PM

Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities to move to new metro location

Officials with Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities have announced that the pediatric health care facility has plans to move to a new building in the City Place development in Woodbury, Minnesota, by the summer of 2020. This move is a step in their transition to a pediatric orthopaedic outpatient clinic model.

“Current health care trends, such as more outpatient-oriented care, required us to adjust our delivery model to more accurately reflect today’s environment,” said Roger Robinson, chairman of the Board of Governors for Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities. “At our new clinic location, patients will continue to receive the same high quality pediatric orthopaedic care that they have been accustomed to receiving, regardless of their ability to pay. Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities will continue our long-standing commitment to provide the best care for our patients and their families in this new facility.”

Ease of highway access, proximity to other local area amenities, first floor access and the opportunity to design and build out space, incorporating the knowledge gained from 96 years of service, were all elements that influenced the selection of the site and the timing of this transition. Developing a new site is a special opportunity to create a patient-centered environment for the modern era. The new Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities clinic will continue to serve children from a seven-state service area.

Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities is part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system. It has been located on East River Parkway in Minneapolis since 1923. The current site will be sold as the transition to the new site is completed.

Shriners Healthcare for Children’s new facility will allow staff to provide a wide range of services for children with orthopaedic conditions including:

  • Clinic services: providing a family-centered, team approach to care. Patients will see specialty physicians, nurses, therapists and other pediatric-trained specialists in an environment designed for children.
  • Child life: providing families with support during appointments through play and anxiety coping activities. The child life program also offers over twenty camps and programs to meet the physical and emotional needs of children with orthopaedic conditions.
  • Radiology: providing standard X-ray service as well as EOS, which provides 3-D, full-body imaging with up to 85 percent lower radiation.
  • Rehabilitation: providing physical and occupational therapy to help children build skills, strength and mobility needed for everyday activities.
    • Scoliosis specific exercise: a specialized physical therapy program that uses exercises, stretching and breathing to improve a patient’s scoliotic posture.
  • Orthotics and prosthetics: offering orthotic and prosthetic services specifically for children, including upper and lower extremity prosthetic care, scoliosis bracing and a broad spectrum of pediatric orthotic services.
  • Telehealth: including telehealth capabilities that enable video connection to other remote sites across the region, creating more opportunities for access to children in need of pediatric orthopaedic services. This capability enhances Shriners Hospitals for Children’s reputation as the largest network of specialized pediatric orthopaedic and burn telehealth sites in the world.
  • Surgery services: All surgeries will be performed by Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities physicians at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota, or other pediatric hospitals.

“As a health care system supported by charitable giving, we have a special responsibility to ensure our generous gifts and resources are used in a way that matches the highest standards for care in the most efficient way to meet the needs of our patients,” said Charlie Lobeck, Shriners Healthcare for Children administrator. “We are excited to care for children with orthopaedic needs well into the future in a brand new facility.”