Spine, orthopedic care shifts to larger facility following Shriners hospital closure

Practice Management

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston will consolidate spine and orthopedic care to the system's Galveston, Texas, facility as the hospital plans to close in 2021, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The closure will end the hospital's 100-year presence in Houston, which features 15 orthopedic physicians including two spine surgeons, according to its website.

Douglas Barnes, MD, is chief of staff at the 40-bed hospital, which provides pediatric spine, orthopedic and sports medicine care.

The hospital's closure is driven by plans to build a premier hospital in the area.

The consolidation of services will be completed in the first half of 2021.

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