$200 million cut needed in Shriners' budget - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

$200 million cut needed in Shriners' budget

SPOKANE, Wash. - Shriners Hospitals nationwide are facing a massive budget deficit. The organization may be forced to close six of their hospitals in the upcoming year.  A final decision will be made in July. 

CEO Ralph Semb tells KHQ it is a matter of preservation for the Shriners Hospital as a whole.  If they do not find a way to cut $200 million from their budget, all Shriners hospitals may be forced to close their doors in about five to seven years.  The Shriners Hospital in Spokane has lost $3 billion in endowments over the past 18 months.


Monday, the Spokane Shriners Hospital was named on a list of six Shriners Hospitals that may be facing closure. Your response to the announcement was huge. To read viewer responses click here.

Other hospitals facing cuts: Galveston, TX, Springfield, MA, Erie, PA, Greenville, SC and Shreveport, LA.

The criteria for closing these hospitals is contingent upon, according to Semb, under-utilization.  Shriners Hospital says there is a way to help.  You can write letters to the Shriners' general email account at spokanenews@shrinenet.org

You can go to their web site at shrinershq.org.

You can also contact the headquarters in Tampa, Florida at 813-281-0300.

You can also contact your local representative.

The best thing to do though, they say, is Spread the word.  The more people that know about the Shriners Children's Hospital, the more patients they will get, getting away from the label that they are "under-utilized."

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