Shriners Hospitals for Children has 22 facilities dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care if there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from the specialized services available. All care and services are provided regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
The Naja Shrine Patient Services is an entity of the Naja Shriners organization, formed to support and coordinate the transportation for the care of patients at a Shriners Hospital. Patient Services is advised by a board of directors. The office for Patient Services is at the Naja Shrine Center. Patient Services depends on members of Naja Shrine who are called DADS (Drivers Are Dedicated Shriners) who, with their ladies, are the backbone of support of our over 500 active patients in Western South Dakota.
The Naja Shrine Patient Services assists with the transportation and/or lodging expenses of the patient and one parent to and from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Patients have the option of driving themselves, or riding in one of our Naja Shrine Hospital Express vans. Our Shrine DADS volunteer their time to drive the patients in our vans. We also utilize air ambulances and commercial air travel when necessary. Because of the distance to the hospitals, we also provide a place for our patients to stay.
The Naja Shrine Patient Services is funded in several ways. Several benefactors have generously set up trusts to benefit the Naja Shrine Hospital Children’s Travel Trust Fund. This fund was established through wills, bequeaths, donations, and money-raising projects. Even with these gifts, additional projects and fundraisers are necessary to meet each year’s operating expenses.
Contact the Naja Shrine Patient Services
For more specific information on eligibility, the referral process, or the types of care offered, contact:Office: LuAnn
4091 Sturgis Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 1-888-302-4279 or 605-343-4279
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday