Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis to shift entirely to outpatient services: 6 insights

Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis is planning to shift away from hospital care to focus on outpatient services and same-day surgeries, according to the StarTribune.

Here are six things to know.

1. The hospital nearly closed in 2003 as part of a systemwide restructuring. The facility will not close and will continue to provide same-day services, which constitute the bulk of its care.

2. The hospital will ramp up efforts to reach children throughout the upper Midwest region, using telemedicine and affiliating with other healthcare organizations.

3. Inpatient procedures will shift to partnering facilities.

4. Between 2013 and 2016, inpatient admissions at the 40-bed Minneapolis hospital shrank 65 percent, according to data reported to the Minnesota Health Department; the hospital only admitted 90 patients in 2016.

5. Between 2013 and 2016, the hospital saw 6,000 outpatient registrations, including 390 same-day surgeries.

6. Shriners Hospital for Children provides free orthopedic care, which is subsidized by Shriners temples, fundraisers and donations.

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