Shriners Hospitals for Children
Salt Lake City
Illustrious Sir Bob White and First Lady Veronica visited the SHC Salt Lake City, and they wanted to share a little about their experience.
This facility began as a $33 million replacement for the demolished 1951 hospital. It opened in the fall of 1995, offering 22 semiprivate patient rooms, in-house prosthetics and orthotics, a hydro-therapy pool and therapy gym, a movement analysis laboratory, a 3,000-square-foot indoor play area, three operating rooms and four apartments for parents. The hospital has undergone subsequent improvements and renovations, in order to continue providing state-of-the-art care for orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal dis-orders, as they accommodate the increasing number of children with both inpatient and outpatient needs. Each year, this 40-bed “kid friendly” hospital handles 13,000 visits for patients traveling from Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora and Chihuahua Mexico. In addition, they perform 1,200 operations annually, while the staff remains dedicated to helping the kids achieve the best possible quality of life in this colorful, safe, supportive environment. The facility provides the most up-to-date medical care for the patients, along with top notch attending physicians that also hold teaching appointments with many of the local colleges and universities. The medical staff of physicians and surgeons are prominent in their specialties, as well as leaders in the fields of orthopaedics.
Ill Sir Bob also wanted to share a particularly interesting feature of the hospital. They have a revolving front door for the kids, complete with toys, stuffed animals, a kid-size table and chairs and a kid-size white picket fence. This is quite an innovative idea, appealing to the kids and giving them that safe, secure and protected feeling that is so vital to their healing process. Even though the hospital has faced many challenges and gone through many changes over the last 90 years, their commitment to caring for children has remained the same.