A behind the scenes look at the new Shriners Hospital

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It might not look like it, but this is a hospital waiting room. Tuesday morning, Madelyn Hubbs and her mom got a look inside the newest hospital to hit St. Louis.

'I was born without my left arm and so before my first birthday I was introduced to Shriners Hospital,' says Madelyn Hubbs.

It's a name she's known her entire life.

But the Frontenac based location will soon make way for this facility at 4400 Clayton Avenue in the St. Louis city.

'This location is absolutely incredible; 180,000 cars pass this site on a daily basis.

The fellows known for the fez hats have situated their new hospital in the central corridor near the Washington University Medical Center complex.

'I think that's one of the real positives for this facility is location adjacent to Washington University will take full advantage of all the amazing resources that are here,' says Regis O'Keefe, Chair of the Department of Orthopedics Washington University

That includes one third of the hospital dedicated to research.

There are plenty of high tech high touch items in the 90,000 square foot facility.

But this is more than a brick and mortar building for this 14-year-old.

'It's more of the internal that you don't see,' says Madelyn Hubbs.  'I feel like I am a confident happy energetic person.  And I feel that without them I would just be sitting on my bedroom floor like, 'What am I going to do?  How do I tie my shoes?  How do I braid my hair?`'

'She has really gotten the self-confidence, the determination, the will power from the staff here,' says Melissa Hubbs, Madelyn`s mother.

Plus she learned to braid her hair with one hand, thanks to the doctors and nurses at Shriners hospital.


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