CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The local healthcare landscape is about to change. Shiners Hospital says it's preparing to leave town.
The location on Burnet Avenue celebrated 50 years in 2018 but just announced it signed an agreement to relocate its services to Dayton.
Report: Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati to close
Shriners International Spokesman Mel Bower said, "As we've seen the decrease in acute burns, there's less need then there once was for having that acute bed space. So, the number of beds and the way a lot of those patients have been treated have changed quite a bit."
Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati closing, moving to Dayton Childrens Hospital
Kilee Brookbank, now 20 years old, received care at Cincinnati Shriners Hospital when her house exploded in 2014.
"It was tough. It was a long 38 days, but I was very grateful for the care I received. It was amazing care, so my family and I were just so grateful," said Brookbank.
The Xavier student started the Kilee Gives Back Foundation and has raised $290,000 for Shriners. In a statement, she says, in part:
She vows to continue support as will the 1,200-plus members of the Syrian Shrine Center in Evendale. Members of that organization said their focus is on the kids receiving free medical care and that's not changing.
Joe Lind said, “I am personally involved in this. Our daughter was burned in 2001 over 45 percent of her body. We have spoke across the country at functions to raise money. So, from the heart, I'm telling you this means something to me and my family."
Cincinnati Shriners will continue to raise money with their yearly circus and other events. Their signature hats were on display in the lobby. Bower said the aging hospital building on Burnet Avenue is too large. Now, only 30 patient beds on one floor are being used.
"A facility that is oversized for the care model that is being practiced today is not, we believe, the best stewards we can be of those donations," said Bower.
At a press conference in Dayton Wednesday morning, there was excitement and photos for the big announcement. The Dayton Children's Hospital CEO says they have the perfect space to lease to Shriners.
"It was once our pediatric intensive care unit and will provide the right type and size of space that they need to continue to provide care," said Deborah Feldman.
Shriners expects that patients will be seen at the new location in Dayton by the summer of 2020. Patients will still get the same services they can get at the Cincinnati location now.
The hospital relies on donations because they care for kids with burns or who need reconstructive surgery, regardless of the families' ability to pay.
There are 218 full and part-time employees who work in Cincinnati. Shriners says it's too early to say how many jobs will be transferred or eliminated.
CLIFTON, OH (FOX19) – Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati is closing and moving to Dayton Childrens Hospital, Shriners officials announced Wednesday.
Once binding legal documents are complete, Cincinnati Shriners would lease and occupy separate space on the Dayton campus, remaining a distinct hospital within a hospital, according to a prepared statement.
The pediatric specialty hospital, which provides care for burns as well as cleft lip and palate and plastic and reconstructive surgery, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Cincinnati Shriners Hospital Administrator Mark Shugarman said, These changes are necessary to ensure that our hospital can continue to provide the finest pediatric specialty care for the next 50 years. Current healthcare trends require us to adjust our delivery model to more accurately reflect todays environment.
Over the past decades, there has been a decline in the severity and number of pediatric burns in the U.S., especially those requiring a lengthy hospital stay.
This is due in large part to education and prevention efforts, many of which have been spearheaded by the Shriners Hospital system.
This move will enable Cincinnati Shriners Hospital to deliver its specialty services more efficiently, purchasing certain services from the Dayton hospital.
Trends in healthcare have shifted toward more outpatient care, said Shugarman. Today, approximately 85 percent of pediatric medical procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, including burn care. The new location will allow Shriners Hospitals for Children to maintain its southwest Ohio presence with a surgical facility designed to meet and exceed todays medical standards for its exceptional care.
Cincinnati Shriners Hospital first opened in 1968 as the Shriners Burns Institute, a part of Cincinnati General Hospital, now called University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
It is one of four Shriners Hospitals specializing in pediatric burn treatment and has become the gold standard for childhood burn care as well as research on breakthroughs like engineered skin to replace grafting.
In 1992, the hospital moved into its current location at 3229 Burnet Ave. in Avondale, expanding to include services including cleft lip and palate, specialty wound treatment and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The hospital has always treated patients regardless of a familys ability to pay, drawing from more than 26 states across the U.S. as well as countries around the world.
A timeline for the move has not yet been fully determined, but it is hoped that patients would be seen at the new location by summer of 2020. Until that time, both new and existing patients will continue to be cared for at the Burnet Avenue location.