Patient Services

Shriners Children’s has 22 facilities dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care if there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from the specialized services available. All care and services are provided regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

About us

The Naja Shrine Patient Services is an entity of the Naja Shriners organization, formed to support and coordinate the transportation for the care of patients at Shriners Care Centers. Patient Services is advised by a board of directors. The office for Patient Services is at the Naja Shrine Center. Patient Services depends on members of Naja Shrine who are called DADS (Drivers Are Dedicated Shriners) who, with their ladies, are the backbone of support of our over 500 active patients in Western South Dakota.

Transportation

The Naja Shrine Patient Services assists with the transportation and/or lodging expenses of the patient and one parent to and from a Shriners facility. Patients have the option of driving themselves or riding in one of our Naja Shrine Hospital Express vans. Our Shrine DADS volunteer their time to drive the patients in those vans. We also utilize air ambulances and commercial air travel when necessary. Because of the distance to the hospitals, we also provide lodging for our patients.

Funding

The Naja Shrine Patient Services is funded in several ways. Several benefactors have generously set up trusts to benefit the Naja Shrine Travel Fund. This fund was established through wills, bequeaths, donations, and money-raising projects. Even with these gifts, additional projects and fundraisers are necessary to meet each year’s operating expenses.

Eligibility

Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at our care centers, if, in the opinion of our physicians, there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs.

Care Specialties

Orthopedic Care

Shriners Children’s (formerly Shriners Hospitals for Children) has been a leader in pediatric orthopedic care since 1922, with the largest full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. They are dedicated to providing medical and rehabilitative services to children with congenital and acquired orthopedic conditions which are conditions involving bones, joints, and/or muscles.

Children in South Dakota receive their orthopaedic care at Shriners Children’s – Twin Cities in Woodbury, MN.

Burns

Shiners Children’s is a leader in pediatric burn care and has been dedicated to research and care since the 1960s. Patients receive care for burn injuries and related scarring, along with physical rehabilitation and emotional support.

Four of the Shriners Hospitals for Children specialize in burn care, and the Naja Shrine Patient Services sends patients to Children’s – Northern California for burn care and rehabilitation.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Shriners Childrens opened the nation’s first spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers for children in the 1980s. Patients receive a range of services to help recover from spinal cord injuries, and researchers are continuing to study and advance rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries.

The Naja Shrine Patient Services sends patients to Children’s – Chicago for care.

Cleft Lip and Palate

Patients may receive a variety of services for children with clefts of the lip or palate, including surgery, orthodontics, and hearing, speech and psychological therapies. The Naja Shrine Patient Services sends area patients to the Shriners Children’s – Chicago for care.

Outreach clinics

Every two months, staff from Shriners Children’s – Twin Cities travel to Rapid City to hold an Outreach Clinic for children at the Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center.  Children up to the age of 18 that are having concerns with their bones, muscles, joints and/or other orthopaedic conditions can have new patient appointments at the time.  Specialists that are leaders in their field and have advanced training and experience in caring for children, see new patients at the clinic to determine if they can benefit from the specialized services available at Shriners Healthcare.  Appointments are also available for second opinions at these clinics.  The medical staff also schedule appointments for our current Shriners Children’s patients.

Shriners Childrens Events

Fire Prevention Week

In October, Patient Services works with the Rapid City Fire Department and local schools to help educate area children about fire prevention and safety. On average we hand out more than 3,300 Burn Awareness activity books to local children in grades K-2.

Annual easter egg hunt

Each year the Naja Shriners puts on an Easter Egg hunt, not only for the Shriners and their families, but also our Shrine healthcare patients and their families. This event is not open to the public.

Trunk or treat

The Naja Shriners host an annual Truck or Treat in the parking lot of the Shrine Center in Rapid City.  Families can attend a safe activity for Halloween while showing off their costumes.  This event is open to the public.

Christmas carnival

The Naja Shriners host an annual Christmas carnival.  A cake walk, fish pond, and ring toss are just a few of the great activities the Naja Shrine families get to play.  There is also a free lunch and a visit from Santa!  This event is not open to the public.