Sahib Shriners in Sarasota,
Florida, is proud to represent this fine children's hospital. Members of
our temple sponsor over 1,000 Sarasota/Bradenton area children for
treatment and provide transportation for them and their families. If you
are ever in the vicinity of the hospital, you are welcome to a guided
tour, Shriners are anxious to show you what they do for children with
Tampa Shriners Hospital for Children is a $30 million, 60-bed pediatric
orthopaedic hospital serving children in Florida, southern Georgia and the
Caribbean regardless of the families’ ability to pay. In a network of 22 hospitals, the Tampa Hospital
is the 19th orthopaedic hospital as four facilities are burns institutes.
The Tampa Hospital cares for children with various bone and muscle
problems such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and other limb and growth
The facility is designed and organized to provide, not only the most
modern and state-of-the-art medical treatment, but also an environment
that focuses on the patient's mind and spirit which is vital to achieving
optimal recovery results. Together these facilitate a "total care"
approach to treatment.
ensure "total care," the Tampa Hospital is staffed with 240 expert and
professional personnel and 300 volunteers who provide many diversified
services and programs.
The hospital is designed to complement a "family centered care" concept
which encourages the patient's recovery and treatment with family
participation through fold-beds in patient rooms and motel-type rooms for
parents staying over night. To promote sibling participation, there are no
age limitations regarding visitation of patients.
Tampa Hospital staff implements primary nursing care, a program that
assigns each nurse to a specific patient throughout their hospitalization.
This emphasizes personal attention and continuity in treatment.
The out-patient clinic has 15 exam rooms and 4 cast rooms. Each door is
painted with a scene of Florida wildlife to help children find their rooms
more easily. Patients are admitted through out-patient, which treats
approximately 50 patients per day. After an initial exam and lab tests,
patients are escorted to an in-patient facility consisting of three 20-bed
nursing units. Patients are placed according to their developmental age --
infant/toddler, school age or adolescent -- rather than by medical
condition. This aids in promoting positive relationships and cooperation.
Family services assists the medical and nursing staff in acquiring a
social history on children admitted and in securing financial assistance
for families with special needs.
The Central Activity Mall with its "play pit", water fall and outdoor
play area, serves three distinct functions:
- Dining - where patients and their families enjoy lunch and dinner
- Recreation/Child Life - where two "child-life" specialists provide
individualized recreation programs. These programs help promote normal
growth and development in children. Patients spend most of their active
time in the mall area.
- Teaching - where patients continue with public school instruction.
The Tampa Hospital also has a pre-operative holding room designed and
decorated to relax the children and prepare them psychologically for
surgery. Two operating rooms are equipped to provide quality patient care
to those needing surgery. Operations may be viewed on monitors in the
hospital auditorium for educational purposes by the medical staff. The
auditorium, equipped with a large screen and projection area, is the
largest room used for continuing education of hospital staff.
Physical and occupational therapists help patients through
rehabilitation after surgery. Physical therapists exercise and strengthen
limbs and occupational therapists help patients deal with functions of
daily life such as dressing, grooming and eating. The rehabilitation
department contains a gymnasium, various treatment areas, and a
Prosthetic/orthotics provides a specialized service in making
custom-designed braces and artificial limbs.
Volunteerism at the facility affords many opportunities for individuals
in the community to become actively involved in helping children. Found in
all areas of the hospital, volunteers are matched with a department that
coincides with their particular skills and interests.
Other support services vital to the efficient operation of the hospital
include: dietary services, media resources, housekeeping, engineering,
materials management, pharmacy, personnel, professional library, medical
records, linen services, central supply, radiology and public relations.