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History of Shriners Children's Salt Lake City

Established: January 22, 1925

Shriners Children's Salt Lake City opened its doors on January 22, 1925. To meet the immediate need for specialty orthopedic care in the Intermountain West, Shriners International leased 20 beds from St. Mark’s Hospital. This mobile unit provided treatment for children with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions for more than two decades.

Demand for services continued to increase and Shriners Children's and Shriners International leaders authorized construction of a new hospital in 1945. An alternative site in Amarillo, Texas, was strongly considered before the property was obtained in 1946 through an act of Congress. President Harry S. Truman, a member of Shriners International himself, signed the document deeding approximately seven acres of land from the Fort Douglas military reservation to Shriners Children's and Shriners International. The new 40-bed hospital opened in 1951. The hospital contained two large wards – one for boys and one for girls – as well as a kitchen, school room, therapy rooms, a sun room, surgical facilities, living quarters for nurses and even an apartment on the top floor where the hospital administrator lived.

Transitioning to a New Building

By the 1980s, the building was no longer considered adequate. Shriners Children's and Shriners International leadership considered three options: moving to the campus of the nearby University of Utah, enlarging the current facility, or replacing it with a new hospital. Each option presented its challenges. The original land deed stated that upon vacating the property, ownership would revert to Salt Lake City. Utah Senator Jake Garn pushed a bill through Congress amending the terms of the original land deed, allowing Shriners Children's and Shriners International to sell the property and use the profits to construct a new building. Ultimately, leadership elected to demolish the 1951 hospital and constructed a new, $33 million hospital to the east of the old building. The facility opened debt-free in the fall of 1995. The state-of-the-art hospital included 22 semi-private patient rooms, an in-house prosthetics and orthotics lab, a hydrotherapy pool and therapy gym, a motion analysis center, a 3,000-square-foot indoor play area, three operating rooms and four apartments for patient families.

The Salt Lake City location has undergone subsequent improvements and renovations to accommodate the needs of the children, including transitioning to an outpatient facility in 2021. While the location and look of Shriners Children’s Salt Lake City has changed over the last 90 years, the commitment to caring for children has remained the same.

Location Highlights

  • 1925: Opening of Shriners Children's wing at St. Mark's hospital.
  • 1951: Shriners Children's Salt Lake City hospital is built.
  • 1957: World-renowned orthopedic surgeon Sherman S. Coleman, M.D., is made chief of staff.
  • 1959: Innovative procedures/research in Salt Lake City brings bone bridging surgery to the orthopedic community and spreads throughout the U.S.
  • 1995: New Shriners Children's Salt Lake City hospital opens.
  • 1995: Motion analysis center opens, one of only a few in the country.
  • 1997: Jacques D'Astous, M.D., brings mehta casting and halo traction in scoliosis care to Salt Lake City.

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Orthopédie

L’Hôpital Shriners pour enfants offre un éventail complet de soins orthopédiques pédiatriques. Cela va du traitement des fractures et du moulage des os cassés à la chirurgie et à la rééducation.

Réadaptation pédiatrique

Les Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants sont spécialisés dans le soutien physique, développemental et émotionnel de votre enfant afin qu’il atteigne ses objectifs de rééducation et de thérapie pédiatriques.

Pied bot/Pieds bots

Le pied bot varus équin est le terme médical pour « pied bot », et les médecins des Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants sont des spécialistes de ce problème de santé orthopédique pédiatrique courant et traitable.

Scoliose

La scoliose est un problème santé dans laquelle la colonne vertébrale est courbée sur le côté. Grâce à des traitements de pointe et à une expertise de niveau mondial, les Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants prennent en charge plus de 10 000 enfants atteints de scoliose chaque année

Analyse du mouvement

Les spécialistes des Centres d’analyse du mouvement des Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants recueillent et analysent les données relatives au mouvement, comme l’analyse de la démarche, pour aider à traiter les enfants atteints de troubles neuromusculaires, acquis ou congénitaux.

Fauteuils roulants et sièges

Le programme de fauteuils roulants, de sièges et de mobilité des Hôpitaux Shriners est une clinique de sièges sur mesure accessible aux enfants ayant besoin d’être assis. Les praticiens, les techniciens et les bénévoles utilisent des outils tels que la simulation de siège, la cartographie de la pression et les ajustements pratiques.

Nous comprenons les besoins médicaux uniques des enfants

Nous proposons des traitements vitaux et novateurs de la naissance jusqu’à l’âge de 18 ans. Ici, les enfants ont la possibilité d’être évalués et traités par des médecins reconnus comme étant les meilleurs par leurs pairs.