Dear Ladies of the Household
As I write this message, I have only a ceremonial and one session to complete my year as your Queen. THANK YOU to all of you for your care and
your courtesies for and to me; and for the same for the temple. I have had the most amazing year-it has been everything I hoped it would be and
so much more. I have attended as many Nile functions as "my time and abilities" permitted and also many Shrine and other concordant body
events. My social events were well attended and, I believe, well enjoyed by those who were able to get to them: Spring Luncheon 'Kitties
in the Library', Supreme OV 'Dinner at the Oasis' and Holiday Luncheon 'Christmas in the City.' My visits to the clubs gave me the opportunities
to meet with so many of you, enabling me to call you friends.
In my term so far, we have had one obligation only ceremonial and one full ceremonial (9 new Princesses) and one ceremonial to come (so far 8
potential new princesses). I know you will keep up the proposals for Princess Jennifer during her reign as Queen.
To my officers, appointed and elected, each of you has made me so proud to have you in your position and to be able to share your remarkable
abilities with the rest of the Ladies of our Household and the visiting ladies we have had throughout the year. Many of you are 'first-timers'
as officers in Nile, but I defy anyone to do any better. And to those who did pro-tem duty when necessitated, DITTO. Should any lady ever have
the opportunity to be in any office for those who follow me, know that you "can do it", and I know you will.
Princess Recorder Paulette, PQ, reported at the February Session that our donations to the Foundation exceed $13,000-my pride in your participation
exceeded the stability of the buttons on my dress.
Truly, this has been a most exciting, challenging, and rewarding year for me. Any time I asked or hoped for "something", what came to me
was "something quadrupled!
My wish for all the ladies is that you have the same exciting, challenging and rewarding years ahead, and that you (we) make Princess
Jennifer's year even more so. Yes, being Queen is a challenge, but I encourage you to look into your bucket list-if you have, even a little,
considered this trip, really think harder! Remember, we are women and can do anything. Because we did everything this year.
Nile Love to All
A few reminders about March 1st stated session
Dear ladies of the household. I can’t believe it’s time to say that our next stated session on March 1st will be my last one as Queen of Nydia Temple. With mixed feelings, I will be sharing my year-end report. We will elect next year’s officers; find out who will be appointed to various offices, and hear other announcements. The lunch prior to session will be prepared and served by Padir, at 11:15 am, and the session starts at 12:30 pm, at the Al Kader Shrine Center in Wilsonville. Also, since this current year is wrapping up, if you have any items to donate to the sewing committee, birthday party committee, to the hospital (i.e., toiletries, etc.) please bring to the session so it can be included in this year’s report to Supreme. (Also, any officer who checked out a ritual, procedures manual, etc, from the Temple should return them at the March 1st session.) Nile Love, Queen Sharon
Want to go out to lunch?
Coastal Nile Club cordially invites you to join us for our Out-to-Lunch on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Our Nile Club meeting will be at 11:00 am at Newport Masonic Center, 435 SW 9th St., Newport. We will be going to Georgie’s Beachside Grill at 12:00 noon, 744 SW Elizabeth St. We would love to see you there. Please RSVP by February 23rd to Marilynn Young.
Please Read - Important Info From Pr. Recorder
Ladies, I am sending out dues notices and discovered an incorrect mailing address for me. Both of the addresses printed on the return mail envelope are incorrect.
Please, please, double check the address to make sure it’s correct. Some were caught before being mailed, but not all. Since so many ladies pay their dues promptly, I would hate to have any lost in the mail.
Thank you so much for helping me and please share this information with ladies who may not have access to email.
With many thanks, PQ Paulette Schlee, Princess Recorder
The Nydian Newsletter - it's in the mail
Ladies, did you receive a copy of the Nydian newsletter in your mailbox today, and you asked why? Good question, and the answer is that your line officers have decided to start again mailing the newsletter to each member.
A couple of years ago, in order for our members to be better informed in a more timely fashion, the Nydian mailing was increased to five times a year, rather than three. But then, at the same time, to save costs, those with email addresses were instructed to read it on the website, rather than receive it thru the U.S. Mail. Since then, we heard a lot of complaints about the numerous problems of receiving the newsletter by email and/or posted on the website to read. In addition, there were a lot of ladies who never received it, and did not realize it, so didn't know to say anything. There just have been too many to ignore.
So, we made the decision to return to mailing the Nydian to all members. We feel it is worth the little extra cost to keep ALL of our members informed.
There has not been any changes to the email list, and the Nydian is still being posted on the website, where you can find the current and past editions. We definitely want to keep all our ladies informed, and continue to make improvements in this area. Good communication is always a challenge, and the more ways we keep our members informed, the better.
Message from John McCabe, Executive Vice President of Shriners Hospitals for Children
Telehealth. You’ve heard it mentioned a time or two, but you may have questions about what it is and how it affects you and our patients. In the coming weeks, we will focus on our Telehealth program to answer your questions.
There are so many children who need our help, but for one reason or another, they can’t get to us. Now, imagine, that we can bring our world-renown wrap-around care directly to them. That’s where Telehealth comes in to play.
Telehealth, quite simply, enables Shriners Hospitals for Children to come directly to the patient and expand our footprint throughout the world. This means that we can add strategically located clinics and make our patients feel like they’re truly at one of our fantastic hospitals. We go to them if they can’t come to us.
How does Telehealth work? The Telehealth technology and operational platform was established by creating policies, procedures, workflows, key performance metrics and updating and expanding infrastructure. This program allows SHC to grow, standardize and continuously improve our Telehealth operations.
Right now, our Telehealth patients receive our state-of-the-art care via video conferencing. This allows patients and their families to conveniently visit one of our Telehealth clinics and meet with one of our highly skilled physicians.
Telehealth is an excellent opportunity to embrace our core values and Live our Mission through innovation, excellence and commitment. Thank you for all you do, and I hope you will join us on this journey to help as many children as possible.
Portland Shriners Hospital announces a unique collaboration
News from Davene Dietzler-Marihart, Director of Business Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children - PortlandApril, 2016, Nydian and Portland Hospital Stats Available on the Website
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland, the region’s largest pediatric orthopedic group, and Providence Children’s Health, a leader in caring for children in Oregon, announce a unique collaboration that expanded pediatric orthopedic services starting last October.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons from the Portland Shriners Hospital are also now embedded in Providence Pediatric Orthopedics located at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. These teams care for muscle, bone, and joint concerns in newborns, children and teens. This includes care in the Children’s Emergency Department, surgery, hospital and outpatient clinic. “Children aren’t just small adults; caring for their growing bones requires a specialized approach,” said Resa Bradeen, M.D., senior medical director, Providence Children’s Health. “This collaboration brings experts together to offer the best care for children and their families.”
The Portland Shriners Hospital is recognized internationally for their expertise in pediatric orthopedics. Partnering with caregivers on the Providence St. Vincent campus further expands seamless care for the tens of thousands of children Providence serves each year. It also supports and strengthens the organizations’ mutual commitment to provide compassionate care through service to others.
“Shriners Hospital is honored to work with Providence Children’s Health and views this collaboration as a great benefit to our patients. Building on each organization’s unique strengths, the ultimate winners are the children who receive top quality care in an environment that is most appropriate to their medical need,” said J. Craig Patchin, Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland. The Shriners Hospital doctor assigned to the Providence Hospital is Dr. Heather Kong.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay
Providence Children’s Health is a leader in caring for children – especially those with special health care needs. Tens of thousands of children in Oregon and Southwest Washington are served each year through Providence’s clinics, hospitals and health plans. One in five children begins their life in a Providence facility, more than any other health system in Oregon. Two neonatal intensive care units and a pediatric intensive care unit serve the region’s most fragile newborns, children and teens. Providence is the largest provider of emergency care for kids in Oregon and also offers immediate care and virtual visits. A full range of pediatric specialty and subspecialty providers are available around the clock. Education and family support helps every child reach their full potential.
The Portland Shriners Hospital just wrapped up “Divan Days”, which is two days of sharing information and hospital updates with the officers of the Shrine Centers that support the Portland Hospital. Shared there were the 2015 statistics for the Portland Hospital, as listed below:Have you seen our Shriners Hospitals for Children ads on TV lately?
6,401 Number of active patients
348 Inpatient surgeries
772 Outpatient surgeries
1,120 TOTAL number of surgeries
5.8 Average daily census
6.5 Average length of stay (days)
11,653 Outpatient Visits (includes Outreach)
13,751 Volunteers hours worked in the hospital
5,239 Physical therapy visits
1,831 Occupational therapy visits
1,125 Speech therapy visits
657 Recreational therapy visits
7,160 Total in-house radiology procedures
2,654 EOS imaging exams
2,697 Orthotics delivered – Portland Hospital
1,783 Orthotics delivered – Spokane and St. Louis Hospitals
218 Prosthetics delivered – Portland Hospital
242 Prosthetics delivered – Spokane and St. Louis Hospitals
Have you seen our Shriners Hospitals for Children ads on TV lately? Some of your members have concerns, so please let us take this opportunity to clarify the purpose behind the ads.
The annual budget to operate our 22 hospitals is about $750 million. In 2008-10 a severe downturn in the stock market was devastating to our charitable endowment fund. Because of this, Shriners began a process to close 4 or 5 hospitals and to reduce corresponding medical and support staff.
During the next two annual Imperial sessions, our delegates debated this for many long sessions. Finally, Shriners worldwide took a bold stand and voted to keep all hospitals open. For 80 years we had relayed upon our endowment fund to support our hospitals. We decided to work harder and smarter- creating other sources of income, improving our investment strategy, followed by a decision to bill insurance companies, which had never been done.
In only one year’s time the impossible was accomplished. A system was developed to accept third party payments – which includes insurance. However, this has not bridged the gap. Insurance companies and Medicare reimburse only about a quarter of all our patient’s medical expenses. So, we have looked at other children’s charitable organizations for solutions and copied their successful efforts, which include use of television advertising.
Following the crisis, a comprehensive PR program began, intended to educate the public who Shriners are, how we help children and to seek out different and new donor sources. You recognize the program entitled “Love to the Rescue”. TV ads first concentrated on our mission, telling stories of our tremendous medical efforts to help children lead better lives, regardless of their parent’s ability to pay. This progressed into today’s campaign, asking the public to support our mission through their generous donations.
This program is part of doing business, as other non-profits have done. If we continued business as usual, our endowment fund would be in jeopardy again. Fortunately, the ads are well received. Shriners Hospitals for Children are no longer a well kept secret. Our “silent messenger” is no longer silent and the public’s response continues to be very positive and fortunately cost effective.
Daughters of the Nile, thank you for your continued understanding and support. We certainly appreciate what you all do to embrace our mission, helping us in many, many ways to provide special children with quality medical services.
Shriners are very proud of your organization. The Daughters are the second largest source of our charitable funding, next to Shriners themselves and without your ongoing support, our mission to help children cannot continue.
PS: If you have further concerns about the ad campaign, Kay Weber, Portland Hospital Community Relations Department welcomes your questions. email@example.com
Bob Walliker, PP
Board of Governors,
Portland Shriners Hospital for Children
3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3009.