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Patient Programs at Shriners Children's Spokane

Our Care Extends Beyond Our Walls

At Shriners Children's Spokane, our team is committed to caring for the overall health and well-being of our patients. This includes their minds as well as their bodies. In that spirit, we offer a wide variety of programs and camps.

Our extensive patient programs give children the opportunity to participate in enjoyable activities to brighten their stay and in camps that can help them return to their communities more active and confident.

Shriners Children's partners with a number of community organizations to provide opportunities for children to explore and grow their overall potential inside and outside of the hospital. Your nurse or care coordinator can direct you to opportunities in the community.

Camps

FutureFest

FutureFest is a six-day summer camp sponsored by Shriners Children's Spokane. The camp is designed for teens between the ages of 15 and 18 who are independent in mobility. This may be with or without a wheelchair or assistive device. They should also be independent in self-care, able to communicate and be motivated to work towards the greatest degree of independence as an adult (FutureFest has been postponed for 2021 but is scheduled to resume in 2022.)

Campers participate in a variety of educational and recreational activities during their overnight camp experience. Camp activities take place throughout the facility and in the local community. While at the camp, participants will experience what it is like to live more independently and learn skills essential for success as an adult. They have opportunities to socialize with peers, explore a variety of exciting leisure activities and find ways to overcome challenges — all while having a great time!

For more information, please email Larissa Sims.

Programs

Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night is an annual dance for teen patients who are in eighth to 12th grade. Each teen is encouraged to bring one friend. The event includes the chance for patients to get their hair and makeup done and enjoy dinner, music, dancing and more!

Our staff and volunteers donate their time to host this event in a safe environment. Our teens’ favorite rule is: No parents allowed!

Email Larissa Sims for more information.

Patient Ambassador Program

Current and former patients come together in our Patient Ambassador Program as champions for our program. Not only do they serve as positive role models in their community, but they also donate their time and energy to promoting our medical center as well as the Shriners fraternity.

For more information, email Kristin Monasmith.

Teen Group

Teen group is for local teens between the ages 14–18 who are patients of Shriners Children's and are in eighth grade or high school. Participants get together to build relationships, learn new skills, and participate in fun activities. There is no cost to participate in teen group, which meets virtually on Tuesday evenings from 6–8 p.m. There are typically four sessions each year – fall, winter, spring and summer. Teens should expect to participate every week throughout the session if possible.

Parents also have the opportunity to meet and learn from each other and help their children be more independent following high school.

Email Larissa Sims about how to join.

On-site Public School

Learning never stops. For those children who anticipate missing at least four weeks of school during the school year, an education plan can be made available. Feel free to discuss any academic concerns you have regarding your child with your care coordinator, the nursing staff or a member of the recreational therapy department.

Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life

Therapeutic recreation and child life specialists come together in the Central Activity Area to facilitate structured and unstructured play each day. To learn more, read about our Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life program.

Pet Therapy

Animals registered as Shriners Children’s pet therapy volunteers provide comfort and affection. Through the Assisted Therapy program, furry canine friends come by to visit with the patients on a regular basis. These dogs are trained and certified through Pet Partners® Therapy Animal Program. They have had behavioral testing, veterinary exams and are accompanied by their owner/trainer. Contact the recreational therapy staff to learn more.

Learn more about our Pet Therapy Program.

Shriners Children's Spokane offers a wide variety of programs and services that cater to the overall health and well-being of our patients and their families. View all patient programs and services offered by Shriners Children's.

We’re always here for our patients, regardless of a family's ability to pay or insurance status.