Shriners Hospitals' sole Minnesota facility to end inpatient care

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Twin Cities in Minnesota will eliminate its inpatient care by the end of the year, a hospital spokesperson confirmed to Fox 9 News.

The switch to an outpatient care facility will also result in the loss of 35 full-time positions, the spokesperson said.  

"The long-term plan is to focus on the development of an outpatient clinic where patients will receive pediatric orthopedic care, child life, radiology, rehabilitation (occupational and physical therapy), orthotic and prosthetic services. When surgery is indicated, Shriners Hospital surgeons will utilize a local area children's hospital," a hospital administrator said in a news release obtained by Fox 9 News.

Hospital officials initially began discussing the change in services in February. A Shriners Hospitals spokesperson told Becker's Hospital Review at the time that the reorganization of services "is in recognition of the nationwide trend to more outpatient-oriented services while the need for overnight [inpatient] care declines."

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