Helping Kids Defying the Odds for 85 Years

This originally posted by Mike Babcock, Director of Public Relations, Shriners Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City – via the Desert Dust

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City celebrates an impressive anniversary last year. For over 85 years, the non-profit pediatric orthopaedic specialty hospital has provided expert medical care to children with dideases and disorders of the bones, muscles and joints. Since 1925, tens of thousands of children from Utah and the surrounding Intermountain West and northern Mexico have received life-altering care regardless of their ability to pay.

Most children referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City require surgery for scoliosis, hip dysplasia, limb length discrepancies, osteogenesis imperfect, limb deficiencies, bone and joint infections, angular deformities and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Patients admit to and recover on a spacious kid-friendly 40- bed inpatiend unit where the average length of stay is about four days. Board Certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and multidisciplinary teams provide compassionate, family-centered care.

In addition to inpatient surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children – Salt Lake City offers a wide range of outpatient services conveniently located under one roof. Patients can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy on site. The prosthetics and orthotics department was recently expanded to accommodate growing need. Patients undergo extensive evaluation and pressure mapping for customized wheelchairs. And the hospital boasts one of the most advanced motion analysis laboratories in the region.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City was founded on charity. While all insurance and Medicaid plans are now accepted, no child under the age of 18 with a treatable orthopaedic condition will be denied service.

For more information or to refer a child for care call 1(800) 314-4283. Or email

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 2:19 am  Leave a Comment  

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