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Fate of Shriners expected Thursday

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas. - Stagnating donations, increasing costs, shriveling endowments and helping children will be on the minds of Shriners meeting in San Antonio as they consider the future of six hospitals around the nation.

DONATE: Click here to donate to Shriners. Donations can be made to benefit a specific hospital or be given to where most needed.
The 135th Imperial Council Session began Sunday and Monday the council took a vote to look at ways to keep the hospitals, including Spokane's, open.

To keep the Spokane Shriners open would mean changes in hospital operations. Currently there are talks about sharing services with Sacred Heart Children's Hospital as a way of cutting costs.

A final decision is expected to be announced Thursday.

The other Shriners on the list are in Galveston, Texas, Shreveport, Louisiana, Greenville, South Carolina, Erie, Pennsylvania and Springfield, Massachusetts.

The list of hospitals was drawn up as a way to recover from a budget deficit the 22 Shriners Hospitals nationwide are currently facing.

The Spokane Shriners Hospital employs 172 people and operates on an annual budget of $13.5 million. In 2008 the hospital received $11 million dollars in donations. The hospital sees between 8,500 and 9,000 patients annually and performs an estimated 650 surgeries a year.

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