DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Shriners from across the country attended a press conference Wednesday morning for an announcement of relocating their Cincinnati hospital location to Dayton Children’s.
Shriner officials said the decision will better meet the patients needs more appropriately, economically and efficiently.
That is because in Dayton, they will operate as a hospital within a hospital.
Dayton Childrens and Shriners Hospital for Children have partnered on numerous cases in the past.
Soon, they will associate on a daily basis.
“Having opened our new patient tower almost two years ago and we moved most of our services into the tower, we have a perfect space now to offer the Shrine of Cincinnati,” said Deborah Feldman, Dayton Children’s President and CEO. “It was once our pediatric intensive care unit.”
Wednesday morning, Shriners from across the country toured that ICU that will soon be renovated to become their hospital.
Mel Bower, the Communications Officer for Shriners Hospital for Children said this is a newer model within healthcare to have a hospital within a hospital.
They will provide services Dayton Children’s does not offer and vice versa.
“We’ll primarily be doing pediatric acute burns, burn services as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery here at the facility,” said Bower.
This will be one of only four locations within the Shriners hospitals nationwide offering burn injury care.
To open this space at Dayton Children’s they will be closing their stand alone Cincinnati location.
They cited the nature and neccessities of healthcare are constantly changing, so relocating to Dayton will allow them to treat more children from the region by having everything they could need under one roof.
“We believe the opportunity to affiliate with Dayton Children’s is an exentsion of our mission and an opportunity for the Shriners Fraternity to continue to serve more kids in more places as we journey toward our next 100 years,” said Imperial Sir Jim Cain, the Imperial Potentae of Shriners International.
Renovations at Dayton Children’s are expected to start in June and take about a year.
They are hopeful to have their first patient day at Dayton Children’s in the summer of 2020.