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Virtual Tour of Portland’s Shriners Hospital for Children

Noble John Smith
March 2016

Many charitable Nobles have not visited the Portland Shriners Hospital. So, for them, this is the first article in a virtual floor-by-floor tour of that house made by Shriners to care for children in need of a better life.

As you drive up Sam Jackson Park Rd. toward what is known as “pill hill,” the very first hospital you see is Shriners, designated by the “Editorial Without Words” statue at the entrance of the lower parking lots. As you first park in the cold, quiet den of the parking lot, your tour begins as you sanitize your hands (by germ free lotion- meant to protect patients from infections) and enter the open elevator. It silently awaits your command which you give by depressing “1” – which takes you to the main floor.

The Reception Desk and Margaret welcome you to the building [upper photo, opposite page]. She will direct you to either the Registration/ Scheduling/Appointment area (lobby) or to the visitor sign-in table. Noticeable on the lobby wall are the past cornerstones of our hospital, including the original at NE Sandy Blvd in 1921, completed in 1924.

The hospital moved to its current location in 1983 to assure the ongoing relationship with Oregon Health Sciences University for purposes of teaching orthopedic surgery to new doctors, and doing collaborative research. A remodel added 66,000 sq. feet in May 2011.

In the waiting room [lower photo, opposite page], you see patients and families awaiting appointments and children being entertained by the “wire ball-fall” mechanical sculpture, or reading, playing video games, talking on cell phones or notice the Family Resource Library with Internet computer for parents to use.

The history of the Hospital is supremely recapped across the main hall from the library in the small Memorabilia Center, (which features a fez from all supporting temples in the Pacific Northwest). You may watch a historical slide show, or view the past crowns of our sister partners, Daughters of the Nile or Ladies Oriental Shrine, or notice the large collection of past Potentate’s pins in a display case.

As you proceed south notice the donor wall which prominently displays the names and amounts of donations to the hospital. Here and about the hospital donor names are memorialized on the donor wall, rooms, waiting areas and in the Book of Gold on the 7th floor.

Our tour continues down the hall and discovers a myriad of offices.

(During your tour if you need - every floor has those public “powder rooms.” You find this floor’s in the main hall clearly marked above the door. Thus I have answered one of the most FAQs).

The Outpatient Clinic is next. Annually we have about 11,000 patient visits. Of those we treat nearly 6,000 kids – a majority of which are outpatients.

Next you arrive at the Noble George Ruberg lobby – the waiting room for outpatients and radiology. This area is memorialized for George, a long time hospital guide and hospital supporter financially in his will.

Traditional X-rays are becoming history – and now are going digital, being replaced by the faster, better, safer EOS (from Greek mythology meaning “new dawn”) X-ray machine, the first of its kind in any Shriner’s hospital in the United States. Child patients grow, so most have multiple radiological exams until reaching 18. Multiple doses of radiation may be harmful over years of on-going exams. The EOS machine is much safer, reducing radiation to 8-9% of a usual X-ray dose.

Now, a clearer full-body scan can be taken in about 20 seconds, entered into a computer and reproduced in 3D for surgical staff to study, from all angles, when planning surgery. Such ability also improves diagnostics of scoliosis and other orthopedic conditions.

The EOS machine was purchased three years ago entirely through donations from the public and from

Shrine Clubs. Oregon Rainbow Girls are raising funds this year to purchase new EOS software which will further reduce the exposure to patients to only 1% or less.

Back at the front lobby, as your tour continues, Margaret may direct you to the visitor’s desk, where you sign-in. From there one of two elevators will take you to floors 2-4 only and the other to floors 2-4 and 7.

That completes our virtual tour of floor 1. Next month: floor 2 (a nutritious stop)!

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For More Information, please contact:

Patricia Grennan
Director of Community Affairs and Development
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland
3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239

Phone 503-221-3458

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Al Kader Oasis October 2017 Newsletter
October 2017
Oasis Archive

Events
10/21   Food Caravan
10/27   Fez Lunch
11/04   Ceremonial
11/04   Mystery Dinner
11/11   Wild Game
11/13   Stated Meeting
11/18   Rabban Night
11/25   Kids Christmas
12/16   Christmas Formal

Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9600

Phone: 503-682-4420
FAX: 503-685-5080

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