140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, March 28, 2011

Local Shriners Turn Trash into Televisions for Hospitalized Kids

Salt Lake City, Utah—For patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children®—Salt Lake City, simple comforts make them feel more at home and create a relaxing environment in which they can heal. This year, to upgrade patient amenities,
new 26-inch flat screen televisions are now installed in all 22 inpatient rooms, thanks to a generous donation by the Mobile Nobles of El Zaribah Shrine Temple in Phoenix, Arizona.

Most TVs in patient rooms were outdated or different models, some as old as the 15-year-old hospital. With the patients and staff struggling with how to work each different TV, hospital leaders wanted to streamline the process.
“Now patients can enjoy a movie and relax and not have to worry about it,” says Andrea Mather, recreation therapist.

The donation, made during the 2010 holiday season, is a welcome contribution to the hospital’s ongoing efforts to improve patient care and satisfaction. The Mobile Nobles raised the $12,650 donation by recycling aluminum. Members collected cans donated by patrons of various mobile home parks and aluminum items from common salvage yard finds like doors, windows, siding and more.
“It’s donations like these that gives Shriners Hospitals for Children®—Salt Lake City the ability to elevate our standard of care,” says Kathy Kelly Huston, executive assistant who worked closely with the Mobile Nobles to coordinate this donation. “Every donation, big and small, is greatly appreciated, but donations like the one from the Mobile Nobles are especially valued because they learned about a specific need we had, saw that it was fulfilled, and we are very grateful.”
Each new television also comes with a DVD player and an in-bed remote. Most patients in the 40-bed inpatient unit are recovering from pediatric orthopaedic surgery or have mobility restrictions, so having these amenities close at hand is important.

The Mobile Nobles’ hard work proved that one person’s trash can truly become another’s treasure—in this case, for the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children®—Salt Lake City.

Shriners Hospitals for Children®—Salt Lake City provides specialty pediatric orthopaedic care to children from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Northern Mexico. All services are provided within a compassionate, family-centered environment regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. For more information or to refer a patient call 800-313-3745 or visit www.shrinershosptialsforchildren.org
  March 21, 2011  Mike Babcock, Director, Public Relations  or Elizabeth McCaughey, Specialist, Public Relations
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