Members of Shriners International voted against closing any Shriners children's hospitals, including a 40-bed hospital in Minneapolis said to be among as many as eight hospitals slated for closure because of low occupancy. Instead, Shriners delegates voted to create a committee to study investments, expenses and fundraising at all Shriners hospitals. About 65% of 1,400 delegates meeting at the Shriners annual convention voted to maintain 80-year-old Shriners Hospitals for Children-Twin Cities, the only candidate for closure that's been publicly identified. "We are very upbeat about this," said John Perkins, chairman emeritus of the hospital's board. "The delegates found no need to curtail any of our programs." -- by Patrick Reilly
Shriners reject hospital closures, eye options
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