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news item News Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:44 AM - Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:44 AM

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati announces potential move to Dayton Children's

Shriners Hospitals for Children is excited to announce that we have entered into a memorandum of understanding to relocate our Cincinnati-based hospital to within Dayton Children’s Hospital. Once binding legal documents are fully executed, we anticipate that the relocation will occur within the following 16 months, with our first patient day at Dayton Children’s to occur in the summer of 2020.

The relocated Shriners Hospital will lease and occupy its own space and purchase certain services from Dayton Children’s, and will operate as a separate and distinct hospital, within another hospital. We plan to renovate Dayton Children’s former pediatric intensive care unit and one operating room to meet the needs of our patient population. Renovation is expected to start in June and will take approximately one year to complete.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati was established in the mid-1960s in response to a lack of pediatric burn care, and provides care for burn injuries and reconstructive and plastic surgery, as well as cleft lip and palate care. It is one of four locations within the Shriners health care system that offers care for burn injuries and related conditions. The hospital is known for its knowledge and skill in this field and has provided care for children from all over the world. However, over time, the severity and frequency of pediatric burn injuries has declined in the United States. And, as is true in many other areas of medical treatment, many procedures for these injuries have shifted from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. Repositioning our Cincinnati hospital within Dayton Children’s will allow us to continue to deliver high-quality burn care and other services in a space that meets the needs of our patients today more appropriately, economically and efficiently. As an organization that relies on the generosity of our donors, we must be good and conscientious stewards of resources, including our facilities’ physical size and area. We also expect to gain operational efficiencies by purchasing some services from Dayton Children’s.

The move to Dayton Children’s also makes it possible for Shriners Hospitals for Children to maintain its presence in southwest Ohio and continue to provide its local patients throughout its eight-state catchment area with regional access to burn care and reconstructive surgery services, while also offering care to children wherever they may live.

“Dayton Children’s has worked closely with Shriners Cincinnati on several projects recently and greatly value their mission,” says Deborah A. Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital. “I am pleased to welcome them to Dayton Children’s main campus and support them in continuing to provide dedicated services in burn and reconstructive surgical care.”

In summary, the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital will relocate to within Dayton Children’s Hospital, but will operate completely separate and apart from Dayton Children’s in compliance with the relevant legal and statutory requirements. This concept enables the Shriners Hospital to continue to deliver high-quality burn and reconstructive surgical care to its patients while achieving operational efficiencies through purchasing ancillary and physician services from Dayton Children’s and others that would be inefficient to duplicate (for example, lab services).

“We appreciate and are grateful for the dedication and commitment of our Cincinnati staff to the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children, and we are proud of the hospital’s many contributions to the field of burn care over the past 50 years,” said Jim Cain, chairman of the board of directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We look forward to this new relationship with Dayton Children’s Hospital, and continuing to provide hope and healing to the children who depend on us. We are very excited about the next chapter in the history of our unique health care system.”

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and receive all care and services in a compassionate, family-centered environment.

About Dayton Children’s
One of only 31 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s is the region’s only medical facility dedicated to children. Accredited by The Joint Commission and serving 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana, the experts at Dayton Children’s care for more than 360,000 children each year. Consistently recognized as one of the country’s best and most cost-effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Children’s is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the United States Air Force shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pediatric training program.

Contact: Mel Bower | 813-233-6836 | mbower@shrinenet.org