140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to furnish the Dorm room

Thes things are great for your Son's Dorm Room they are items that he can take to his first bachelor apt.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mayo Clinic today announced that Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities (Shriners) will build on the decades-long collaboration between physicians in both organizations and become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. 

Shriners provides specialized pediatric orthopedic care that serves a seven-state region and is part of a network of children’s hospitals located across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Shriners is the first pediatric hospital to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Physicians at Shriners will be able to connect directly with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. Physicians also will have access to the latest evidence-based medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, among others, enhance the support available to manage complex patient care needs.
“The relationship between Shriners and the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center has been a long-standing and rewarding one, and by formalizing our collaboration, we’ll be able to work even more closely together to enhance the care we provide children” says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network.

“Both organizations are recognized leaders in their fields,” says Douglas Maxwell, chairman and president, Shriners Hospitals for Children. “The challenges of medicine in this modern age demand that we seek and share knowledge in a way that has value to the patient. Our participation is a continuation of that commitment. We are energized by the possibilities.”

“Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities is delighted to become the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which we believe will strengthen the 20-year bond between our two institutions,” says Cary Mielke, M.D., interim chief of staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities. “Using eConsults and cutting-edge evidence-based medicine, Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities and Mayo Clinic physicians collaborate on complex patient cases in the fields of pediatric orthopedics, scoliosis spine surgery, hand surgery, rheumatology and neurology. This partnership is a great benefit to the excellent care our patients receive.”

“Both Mayo Clinic and Shriners have a heart for kids, and we’re excited to know that this new collaborative step will increasingly benefit our young patients,” says Christopher Moir, M.D., director, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “Combining the knowledge of Mayo Clinic and Shriners experts can only benefit outcomes for patients who are the most vulnerable among us. Both our organizations are known for our commitment to high-quality pediatric care, and we look forward to strengthening our working relationship.”

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships with Mayo Clinic. With Mayo Clinic Care Network, members share a commitment to improve the quality and delivery of health care. 
The network launched in 2011, and now has member organizations based in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Puerto Rico.

Shriners provides specialized pediatric orthopedic care that serves Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. For 90 years, Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Twin Cities has specialized in delivering life-changing care to children. 
The hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the U.S., Canada and Mexico that provide services to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate needs without regard to families’ ability to pay.

Physicians from the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, with specialties in orthopedics, rheumatology, hand surgery and neurology, currently provide service at Shriners. 
The Mayo Clinic Children’s Center consists of 200 pediatricians and surgical subspecialists from more than 40 medical and surgical specialties. The center provides care for more than 50,000 children and teens each year. 
The Children’s Center is rated in all of the U.S. News & World Report pediatric specialty categories and is the highest-ranked children’s hospital in Minnesota and across the region from Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

2nd Annual Personal Essay Contest Winners

Dear Illustrious Sirs and Nobles,
Shriners International is pleased to announce the winners of our 2nd Annual Personal Essay Contest. All essays that met our qualifications were reviewed anonymously by a team of judges comprised of both Shriners and non-Shriners. There were many interesting and inspirational essays submitted and the final decision was difficult. Congratulations to the following Shriners on their award winning essays:
John W. Grace
Egypt Shriners
Adam Thomas Osman
Jaffa Shriners
Kirk Pearson, Sr.
Zamora Shriners
The winners will all receive plaques, pins and Amazon gift cards for their achievement. Excerpts of the winning essays are posted onwww.shrinersvillage.com and www.shrinersinternational.org. The full version of the essays will be featured in the 2012-2013 Annual Report and a new book which will be available at Imperial Session and starting on June 30 for a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children®. They will also be recognized during the Public Relations Report at Imperial Session on July 3, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The temples of the winning essay writers will also receive a plaque acknowledging the winner and their temple.
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of you who took the time to reflect upon your life as a Shriner by writing an essay. By doing so, you are helping to preserve the rich history of our fraternity.

Jack H. Jones
Executive Vice President, Shriners International

Monday, March 18, 2013

MARCH 29, 30
9:00AM - 2:00PM
There will be a Masonic Garage Sale on Friday, March 29 and Saturday March 30.  If you are interested in having a table, please let either Nancy Pugsley (541-479-6227) or Brenda Parker (541-479-2951) know. 
Please have everything pre-tagged and you are responsible for your own money.
If you aren't interested in a table, just come by and say hello and maybe you'll find just the thing you have been looking for.  Remember, someone's items are really your treasure.
Hope to see some of you there.....
Nancy Pugsley, President
Josephine Chapter #26 Social Club

Friday, March 15, 2013

Community pitches in for Shriners Hospital screening for children

On behalf of the Placer/Gold Shrine Club, I would like to thank Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for its help at our annual Shriners Hospital Screening Clinic.
The use of its facility made it possible for area children to be screened for entry evaluation at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento. Nine children were screened with eight being referred to the Shriners Hospital. We would also like to thank Dr. James Hosbein, Karolyn McElwain, Tailan Bors and school nurse Tracy Larson for their help with the screening. A big thank you also goes to KNCO radio and Kane’s Restaurant for helping to get the word out on “Talk of the Town.”
What a great community we live in!
George Harper
Nevada City

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring Fashion Frenzy for SHC

Help support our hospital and buy a ticket today for the Woodburn Spring Fashion Frenzy - March 30th, 2013!

Following the recent success of the hospital's participation in the fall/winter Woodburn Company Stores Shopping Extravaganza, Shriners Hospital for Children Portland will be participating in the first annual Spring Fashion Frenzy on March 30th from 10am - 4pm, hosted by Woodburn Company Stores.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SHC Portland and seven other local charities.

Tickets are $15 and include exclusive store discounts, lunch, wine tasting, free gifts and more. Over $40,000 in prize giveaways.

To purchase tickets for the event, please follow the link provided below OR stop by the Customer Service Office located at 1001 Arney Road, Woodburn, 97071, Suite 508. *Please specify that you are purchasing your ticket to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SHC Screening Clinic in Medford


ABC- SHC Los Angeles

LA doctors help Gaza twin girls walk

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
For a 2-year-old born without functioning legs, Lamise Shallouf is doing pretty well. Her twin, Rimas, was born with only one leg.

The sisters are survivors. They were born in Gaza, where getting specialized care for their needs is a huge challenge. Without surgery and prosthetic limbs, Lamise and Rimas would be confined to wheelchairs.
With the help of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, the twins, their mother and aunt made the long journey to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles.
The type of congenital deficiency that Lamise and Rimas have is rare, about one in a million, and the fact that both sisters have it is even more rare.
"Both twins were bone without the major bone in their lower leg called the tibia," said Dr. Phoebe Scott-Wyard, director of Shriners Child Amputee Prosthetic Project.
Scott-Wyard said the girls will need new prosthetic limbs as they grow. The goal is to get Lamise higher off the ground. Rimas will soon need a device with an artificial knee joint. The plan is for the girls to travel to Los Angeles once a year for care.

Their mother is grateful her daughters will get a chance to have a better life.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Embassy Suites & Coach Don Shula Fund Raiser for Shriners Hospital

Embassy Suites and Shula’s 347 Grill opened a new location in West Valley City, Utah. 
As part of the grand opening festivities they held a silent auction and fund raiser. 
The event raised $4,375 for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Hospital board chairman Gary Adams and administrator Kevin Martin accepted the check from Coach Shula and other dignitaries.
 Photo credit: Kevin Conde.

Most Efficient of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners mulls $15 million-plus expansion of its Spokane hospital
$15 million-plus project could receive approval in April
By Mike McLean
Of the Journal of Business
The five-story, 96,000-square-foot hospital has been recognized as the most efficient in the network.
The five-story, 96,000-square-foot hospital has been recognized as the most efficient in the network.
—Staff photo by Mike McLean
Just a few years after facing possible closure and enduring painful belt tightening, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane has been recognized as the most efficient of the 22 Shriners hospitals and now is proposing a $15 million-plus expansion, says interim administrator Craig Patchin.

The five-story, 96,000-square-foot hospital at 911 W. Fifth, which provides orthopedic treatment for children at no cost to their families, is proposing to add more than 15,000 square feet of space and expand its parking structure by about 50 percent to accommodate more than 200 vehicles, Patchin says.

The hospital has received the go-ahead for preliminary design work from Shriners Hospitals for Children headquarters in Tampa, Fla., he says, adding that the preliminary work is being completed by Spokane-based NAC|Architecture.

Patchin says he's optimistic that the Shriners joint board, the final authority to approve capital projects, will give the formal nod to the project in April.

"They've had representatives here (recently) go through the draft proposal, and it's approved at that level," he says. "The architect is working on drawings and will come up with price estimates."

Based on prior experience with other hospital construction projects, Patchin says, "I wouldn't be surprised if it will be between $15 million and $20 million."

Patchin says the Shriners hospital network already has determined the Spokane facility is the most efficient of the Shriners Hospitals for Children as measured by a cost-to-charge ratio, cost per patient day, and employee cost per bed.

"Combined against all 22 hospitals, it comes out on top," Patchin says.

Patchin also is administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland, and has been splitting time between the Portland and Spokane hospitals since former Spokane administrator Gene Raynaud left to take the administrator position at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu.

If the Spokane proposal is approved, the fifth floor of the hospital here would be reconfigured to include a dedicated day-surgery department with a procedure room. A three-story addition would be erected behind the hospital that would accommodate the hospital's administrative offices and temporary living units for families of patients, Patchin says.

The specialty hospital here treats children with disorders involving bones, muscles, joints, and associated tissues. Disorders can range from sports injuries to congenital defects.

The hospital serves patients from Washington, North Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. It also accepts patients through Shriners outreach clinics in Mexico, Central America, and Africa.

A 21-member board of directors representing the 12 Shriners temples, or chapters, in the Spokane hospital's primary service area oversees the hospital operations.

The prognosis for the charitable hospital here is much improved since 2009, when Shriners headquarters warned it might close the Spokane facility and five other Shriners hospitals. At the time, Shriners reported the value of its endowment had plummeted to $5 billion from $8 billion less than a year earlier, due to a tumbling economy and declining donations.

Shriners funds hospital operations mostly through earnings from its endowment.

The announcement brought renewed support and community donations for the threatened hospitals. Ultimately, Shriners decided not to close hospitals, but to slash expenses and seek reimbursement from insurance for its patients who have insurance coverage.

The Spokane hospital began billing insurance companies in 2010, although treatment otherwise is free, and insurance coverage or ability to pay is never considered in decisions to provide treatment, Patchin says.

Systemwide, Shriners Hospitals collected $150 million in insurance reimbursements in 2012, while the cost to operate all of the hospitals totaled more than $700 million, he says.

The hospital and associated temples raise funds throughout the year, and the temples handle transportation for patients from their areas, says Kristin Monasmith, a spokeswoman for the Spokane hospital. Proceeds from the annual Shrine Circus performances in the Spokane region also help pay for treatments patients receive here.

Donations have remained stable since the 2009 crisis, Monasmith says.

The hospital also has a full-time development director tasked with raising donations.

"Our goal is to be less than half reliant on the endowment," Monasmith says. "The rest comes from donations and insurance."

Today, the hospital's annual operating budget is $15 million, up from $12.4 million after budget cuts in 2010.

The Spokane facility has 137 full-time equivalent employees, up from 121 in 2010.

The staff includes a pediatric hospitalist, three physician assistants, and about 40 nurses. The hospital recently augmented its physician staff by bringing on a fourth pediatric surgeon and a fifth anesthesiologist.

The hospital, which has a combined mission of providing highest-quality care, participating in medical research, and educating physicians and health-care professionals, also has continued to invest in new equipment and technologies.

In one such investment, the hospital recently upgraded its movement analysis lab with equipment that creates 3-D computer images using digital cameras that ring the lab and record movements from several angles simultaneously, while floor plates measure force and pressure of the patient's movements.

Physicians use the information to analyze walking or gait problems and recommend treatment.

A construction team led by Graham Construction & Management Inc., of Spokane, donated labor and materials to remodel the lab and install the equipment.

In all, the Spokane hospital saw a 16 percent increase in patient referrals in 2012 compared with a year earlier. Surgeons conducted 818 total surgeries last year, up 7 percent from 2011. Most surgeries were outpatient procedures, which underscores the need for dedicated outpatient facilities, Patchin says.

The hospital currently has two full operating rooms on the fifth floor.

A significant part of the expansion would "essentially renovate the entire fifth floor, updating operating suites, and replacing administration space with a same-day surgery unit," Patchin says.

The hospital can handle greater capacity and is accepting patients, Monasmith says. Hospital representatives are reaching out to health care providers to increase awareness of the pediatric orthopedic expertise at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane. The hospital also has simplified its referral system, so patients can be referred to the hospital directly.

"Medical need is the only standard for acceptance of care," she says. "We want the parent to be able to pick up the phone and call. We have a referral coordinator who gets the child into the referral schedule."