At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

Screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital.

For the latest updates about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

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Commitment to education

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield maintains orthopaedic residency affiliations with Boston University School of Medicine and Albany Medical College. Education and training are also provided to graduate and undergraduate students from area colleges and universities in the fields of nursing, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, movement analysis, child life and social services. The hospital offers continuing medical education programs for area physicians and health care professionals.

Continuing medical education

Continuing medical education at the Springfield Shriners Hospital for professional staff includes basic life support for healthcare providers and pediatric advanced life support courses. In 2016, the hospital will acquire a state-of-the-art simulation mannequin and the educational staff will be developing a simulation center for enhancing the quality of our training programs.

Annual Leon M. Kruger, M.D., guest lectureship

Dr. Kruger served the Springfield Shriners Hospital continuously for 55 years as resident, staff member, assistant chief of staff and chief of staff. He was a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at New York University and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kruger was a founding member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic/Orthotic Clinics and served as its first president. He passed away in 2007 and this educational symposium, which is designed for pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals who care for children with orthopaedic conditions, continues to honor his work in the field of orthopaedics.

Professional development seminars

Courses are available at the Springfield Shriners Hospital throughout the year for nurses, school nurses, physical and occupational therapists, primary care providers, orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Continuing education credits are available.

Contact information

For education inquiries for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, please contact:

Alycia Pronesti
Physician Liaison

Mary Houghton
Physician Liaison

For education inquiries for nursing, please contact:

Nancy Meehan, RN, BSN
Clinical Education Coordinator

For education inquiries for physical, occupational, and speech therapies, athletic training, or motion analysis, please contact:

Denise M. Gloekler, PT, D.P.T., PCS, cNDT
Director of Rehabilitation, Motion Analysis, and Sports Health & Medicine