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History of Shriners Children's Spokane

Established: November 15, 1924

When the Shriners gathered for their national convention in 1920 in Portland, Oregon, they were searching for a way to give back and make a difference in the communities where they lived. As the Imperial Potentate made his way to Portland, he met Levi Hutton in Spokane, Washington. This gave him the inspiration to open and support a system of hospitals for children with orthopedic conditions. Two years later, on November 15, 1924, a Shriners Hospital opened in Spokane.

Spokane was the seventh Shriners Hospital. It started as a “mobile unit” hospital – a 20-bed ward of St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital.

The initial unit was known as “the biggest little Shriners Hospital” in the Shriners healthcare system because it served so many children. Patients came from Montana, Northern Idaho, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia and Alberta.

Location Highlights

  • November 15, 1924: Opened.
  • 1920s-1930s: Local residents saved and collected tin foil to raise money. The collected foil came mainly from the wrapping on cigarettes and cigars. The popularity of the drive spread from Spokane and became a nationwide phenomenon. The foil was shipped from Spokane to Chicago, where it was melted into tin-alloy bars. The last load, shipped to Chicago in 1933, filled an entire Northern Pacific train car with over 100,000 pounds of foil! The foil was worth 6 cents per pound. By 1933, the campaign had raised close to $1,500.
  • 1939: Initially opening as a mobile unit, a new stand-alone, four-ward Spokane Shriners Hospital opens on Summit Boulevard for $85,000.
  • In 1951, a new wing was added to the hospital adding 15 more beds, including an isolation room and a formula room connected to the area for babies. The hospital also was one of the few buildings with both heat and air conditioning.
  • When opened as a mobile unit, the cost per patient per day was $3, though patients were never charged. By 1956, that cost would rise to $11.11 per day.
  • 1964: The average stay of a patient in the hospital was 63 days.
  • 1991: After 52 years at its previous location, a new, modern hospital was built high upon the hill, on the corner of Monroe Street and Fifth Avenue. This current building was built for $20 million, providing 100,000 square feet and the latest in medical technology.
  • Notable guests: The Spokane Shriners Hospital welcomed several notable guests throughout its history including Vice President Charles Curtis, Lassie the dog, Red Skelton, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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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.

Médecine du sport

Les Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants fournissent des soins de niveau professionnel aux jeunes athlètes blessés dans nos cliniques de médecine sportive. Consulter un médecin immédiatement peut empêcher une blessure de s’aggraver et contribuer à éviter des dommages durables.

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.

Colonne vertébrale et moelle épinière

Aux Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants, chaque famille peut s’attendre à ce que nos chirurgiens pédiatriques de la colonne vertébrale et de la moelle épinière fassent preuve de compassion, de respect et proposent un plan de traitement qui utilise les recherches cliniques et scientifiques les plus récentes.

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.

Paralysie cérébrale

Aux Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants, nos équipes de spécialistes procurent des soins personnalisés à votre enfant atteint de paralysie cérébrale.

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.