October 14: Shriners Hospital
Eleven members of HSBP experienced a fantastic tour of the Shriners Hospital on October 14th. The tour started with a warm welcome in the lobby of the main building where staff member, Angela Keen, shared the interesting history of the hospital with our group.
Shriners Hospital was a home owned by the Dowsett family who chose to donate it to the community for use as a hospital. It was originally located in Kuakini and later relocated to its current location on Punahou Street. In 2008, the hospital was renovated and two additional buildings were built – the Administration Building and the Family Center.
Our members learned that Shriners is a fraternity supporting philanthropic causes. Honolulu is Shriners’ second orthopedic hospital, following the first one built in Louisiana in 1922.
The most amazing part of the tour was a visit to the orthotics and prosthetics area. We watched how carefully precisioned and compassionately made the customized prosthetics were built for the young patients. Thoughtful details such as the ability for the children to choose a fun pattern for their back braces are all taken into account to ensure successful healing and quality of life.
Did you know….
Since the first hospital, Shriners have helped over 34,000 children
Shriners Hospital utilizes pet therapy to treat their patients
Shriners Hospital takes walk-ins and all their services are free
Shriners Hospital has a 1-year waitlist for volunteers (a good challenge to have)
Shriners Hospital also provides neurological and dental services, speech therapy, and wheelchair prescriptions
The tour ended with the opportunity to meet Zeke Schmus, Chairman of the Board for Shriners Hospital, who shared additional interesting facts including a recent private donation that the hospital received in the amount of $8 million! We were fortunate to meet Zeke, a Shriner who has devoted most of his life to volunteer work.
The tour of Shriners Hospital was truly a wonderful experience for everyone!