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About us

About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center and Erie Outpatient Specialty Care Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of as many patients and families as possible. While our facility operates on an outpatient basis to serve more patients, we still offer surgeries and procedures requiring an overnight admission at partner hospitals. Our partner facilities are Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC or UPMC Hamot in Erie. Shriners Hospitals' physicians perform these procedures and provide all pre-surgical and follow-up care.

Our history

In 1927, the Zem Zem Shriners in Erie opened the Zem Zem Hospital for Crippled Children, focusing primarily on caring for children with polio. In the years to come, the hospital began treating children with all types of orthopaedic conditions. The hospital officially became a part of the national network of Shriners Hospitals for Children in 1967.

In 2011, plans were approved to transition Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie from an inpatient hospital to an ambulatory care facility. That transformation was completed on April 24, 2012, when Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie made history by becoming the first Shriners Hospital to undergo this change. This new model allows Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie to focus on the current needs of the patients and ensures the long-term commitment to serving the region. The medical center’s primary service area includes portions of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan and Ontario.

Providing quality orthopaedic medical care to children continues to be our top priority.

A center of medical excellence

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie takes an interdisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive care for each patient. We are staffed and equipped to provide care for numerous orthopaedic problems and have expanded to enhance the overall level of medical care available to patients.

Some of the orthopaedic conditions most commonly treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie include:

  • Clubfoot
  • Congenital dislocated hips
  • Hand disorders
  • Hip disorders
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Orthopaedic issues related to cerebral palsy
  • Scoliosis
  • Skeletal growth abnormalities
  • Spina bifida/myelodysplasia

The facility’s medical staff consists of orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians, anesthesiologists and other specialists. Some 20 physicians assist in areas such as urology and genetics, among others. The medical center is a teaching facility for resident education and post-graduate training.

Watch our video to learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie from staff, patients and families.