08:31 PM PDT on Monday, July 6, 2009
SAN ANTONIO, TX. -- Board members gathering in Texas this week to decide whether to close six Shriners Hospitals across the U.S., including one in Spokane, cast an initial vote to keep the hospitals open Monday.
Spokane's Shriners Hospital will find out July 9 whether it will close.
A Spokane Shriners Hospital spokesperson tells KREM 2 News the vote is still preliminary, but expresses the board's support to keep all locations open.
The final vote is expected on Thursday. Officials say it is possible the vote could change between now and then.
Shriners Hospitals have also been given permission to pair up with other local hospitals for improved services.
Spokane Shriners Hospital officials say they are interested in teaming up with Sacred Heart Children's Hospital for collaboration on unspecified services and programs.