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Boys Town Hospital and Shriners Healthcare for Children Collaborate through Telehealth and Outreach Clinic Location; First in Nebraska


Thursday, August 8, 2019

​​​Boys Town National Research Hospital announces a collaboration with Shriners Healthcare for Children of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to help provide greater access to orthopaedic care for children across Nebraska and surrounding areas.

There are currently more than 500 patients from Nebraska who travel to Minneapolis on a regular basis to be seen at Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities. The goal of this collaboration is to make care provided by Shriners Healthcare for Children's specialty pediatric orthopaedic more convenient for these families and to provide additional access services to them through the wide range of expertise available at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

This collaboration includes several initiatives:

  • Telehealth – Boys Town Hospital is a new telehealth location for Shriners Healthcare, and will provide an opportunity for patients in Nebraska and beyond to receive consultations from physicians at Twin Cities Shriners Healthcare, without the added travel to Minneapolis.
  • Regular outreach clinics – Shriners Healthcare will hold outreach clinics located at Boys Town Hospital. At these clinics, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, pediatric orthotic and prosthetic (POPS) staff, and support staff from Shriners Healthcare will travel to Boys Town Hospital to provide face-to-face care to patients. The staff at Boys Town Hospital will provide support and additional care for patients, particularly radiology services, if needed.

“We are excited and energized by this opportunity to w​ork closely together to provide care for more children. Each organization has unique capabilities that when joined in collaboration allow us to reach and serve more children across the Nebraska region. Our missions are very much aligned," said Charles Lobeck, Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities Administrator.​

“This alignment with Shriners Healthcare on orthopaedic services is another example of our hospital being a community resource for Omaha and the surrounding area," said Edward Kolb, M.D., MBA, Director and Chief Medical Officer at Boys Town National Research Hospital. “More children and families will have greater access to care and when that happens, we all win."

Shriners Healthcare for Children has been treating children from Nebraska since it opened in 1923.

About Shriners Healthcare for Children:

The primary mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children is to help children who need specialized medical care - wherever they may live. Although our locations are primarily in North America, our compassionate health care system has treated children from more than 150 countries, and conducts more than 100 medical outreach clinics outside of the U.S. every year. Our highly-skilled medical teams treat children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other complex health care needs. To learn more, please visit

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

About Boys Town National Research Hospital:

Boys Town National Research Hospital offers a broad range of hospital and clinic services, backed by 40 years of life-changing research to provide the latest, most innovative care to our patients. The Hospital is internationally recognized as a leader in hearing research and clinical care and is leading research efforts in language and neuroscience to improve the lives of children and families across America. ​