Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities and Boys Town National Research Hospital of Omaha, Nebraska, recently formed a collaborative program to help provide greater access to orthopaedic care for children across Nebraska and surrounding areas.
More than 500 patients currently travel regularly from Nebraska to Minneapolis to be seen at the Shriners Healthcare location. The goal of this joint effort is to provide more convenient options and better access to excellent care. The two organizations are collaborating on telehealth, outreach clinics and camps for patients.
Telehealth services between Boys Town Hospital and Shriners Healthcare for Children will provide an opportunity for patients in and around Nebraska to receive consultations and follow-up visits from physicians at Twin Cities Shriners Healthcare, without traveling to Minneapolis.
Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, orthotics and prosthetics staff, and sup-port staff from Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities will travel to Boys Town Hospital to hold regularly scheduled clinics onsite. The staff at Boys Town Hospital will provide support and additional care for patients, particularly radiology services, if needed.
Enriching sleepover camps
In addition to providing medical care in Nebraska, Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities held its first out-of-state camp for our patients, Camp Explore – Nebraska. The camp served 20 kids from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. The children enjoyed a weekend sleepover camp, supervised by Shriners Healthcare staff. The future plan is to expand the invitation to include Boys Town National Research Hospital patients and staff.
This collaboration is part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s system-wide effort to treat more children in more places. Both organizations are excited about the relationship and its potential for growth.