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Shriners to cease inpatient care at 5th hospital

Shriners Hospitals For Children-Tampa will end inpatient care and focus on outpatient care instead, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Shriners cited dwindling inpatient volumes as the reason for the change.

"We are constantly looking at trends and there is a need for more outpatient care while inpatient nationally is declining," a Shriners spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Tampa hospital will end inpatient care in August, and will be the fifth Shriners hospital to switch to an outpatient care model. 

It is unclear how many employees will be affected by the change. Shriners' Minneapolis campus cut 35 full-time positions when it made the switch to outpatient care. Shriners' hospitals in Pasadena, Calif.Erie, Pa., and Lexington, Ky., have also switched to the outpatient model.

Access the full Tampa Bay Times article here.

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Editor's note: This article was updated Feb. 1. 

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