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Lindbergh Links: Shriners Hospital for Children, an Icon on the Boulevard

Shriners first moved to Frontenac in 1963. The hospital serves the orthopedic needs of children throughout the U.S. and the world.

The longest road in the St. Louis area, Lindbergh Boulevard runs roughly 30 miles through north, central and south county, touching nine of our Patch sites. On this anniversary of namesake Charles Lindbergh's death, we wanted to take a look at this road from our nine different perspectives. Each Patch editor has a different take on how Lindbergh touches that community. Drive along with us through our Lindbergh Links — and we hope you'll add your own observations along the way.

Shriners Hospital for Children, located at 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., has been serving the orthopedic needs of children since locating in Frontenac in 1963. Shriners Hospital in St. Louis is part of a 22-hospital network, each specializing in different aspects of children's medical care.

For all of these years, Shriners has offered this care free to families. Only recently, Shriners has started to coordinate benefits with those who have applicable insurance coverage.

Shriners changes lives every day through pediatric special care, research and medical education. The 22 hospitals in the chain in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lips and palates.

The family-centered care in the Frontenac facility is provided in a warm, welcoming and friendly environment. Shriners treats children until the age of 18.

The medical team is led by chief of staff Dr. Perry L. Schoenecker and the team is comprised of board-certified world-renowned orthopedic surgeons, many of whom are affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine.

Shriners Hospital is located in the Midwest region and serves children from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Other children with special needs from around the United States and around the world will come to Shriners Hospital in St. Louis for specialized care.

The hospital was recognized this year by US News & World Report as one of America’s Top 10 orthopedic hospitals, along with its partner, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine.

Barb Sacco, director of child life and recreational therapy at Shriners Hospital, has been with the staff for 36 years, ever since moving to Frontenac. Watch our two interviews with Sacco on video.

SEE MORE LINDBERGH LINKS STORIES
- Drive north to Creve Coeur Patch: Creve Coeur History and Future Tied to the Boulevard
- Drive south to Kirkwood Patch: One Road, Two Names; the Difference Is a City Limit
- Link to all our Lindbergh stories and videos
- History: A Long Boulevard, a Lengthy History

James Baer (Editor) August 26, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Shriners Hospital is a main hub in our community; and in the bigger community at large. The hospital serves the medical needs of children throughout the Middle West. We hope you enjoy our virtual reality tour of Lindbergh Boulevard from end to end.

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