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news News Thursday, September 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:57 PM - Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:57 PM

Attendees gather at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane for the 2019 Fraternal Open House

Attendees gather at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane for the 2019 Fraternal Open House

Once every other year, Shriners, their ladies and affiliated Ladies Groups gather at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane to be refreshed in the hospital mission of helping children, and to learn what is new and exciting at the hospital. Several attendees were first-time visitors to the hospital, and the weekend served as an opportunity for participants to engage with fellow Shriners from across the region.

This year, a full house of over 65 individuals from Washington, Idaho, Montana and Canada participated in the Fraternal Open House weekend, which included a social dinner, educational presentations and hospital tours.

“This is such a great way for our supporting Shriners and Ladies from across our region to connect and network while learning more about the care we provide at our hospital,” said Director of Business Development and Marketing Kristin Monasmith.

Guests heard from the 2019 Board of Governors Chairman Scott Mullen, Hospital Administrator Peter Brewer, Chief of Staff Glen Baird, M.D., and various hospital staff during the morning presentations. Perhaps the most heartwarming presentation was from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane patient ambassador, Isabelle. Isabelle lost her leg at the age of 1 in a lawn mower accident and has been a patient ever since. She shared her journey at Shriners Hospitals for Children and expressed her gratitude for the level of care she received.

Following the morning sessions, participants separated into groups for a hospital tour. During the tours, participants met many additional patient ambassadors as they learned from department directors about what makes the hospital exceptional. The guests explored the motion analysis center, outpatient clinic, radiology suite, inpatient unit and other areas. One exclusive stop along the tour was the surgical operating room. “Our guests got a rare look into one of the more private areas of our hospital. It is not common for people to see the O.R. due to infection control policies. It was a very informative and exclusive tour of our hospital,” said Monasmith.

The next Fraternal Open House will be held in September of 2021.

Open House participants