The worldwide organization is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of the brotherly love, relief and truth. There are nearly 200 temples located through the world.
Our unique health care system, which has 22 locations in three countries, is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding teaching programs for medical professional. All care and services provided regardless of the families' ability to pay.
The fraternity founded and continues to support the health care system as its official philanthropy.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the generosity of Shriners, corporations and the general public to carry out its mission and improve the lives of children every day.
For more information about ways to give to and support Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit donate2shc.org or call 855-401-4897
Mecca Shriners was established in New York City in 1872.
Similar to college fraternities that use the Greek motif, Shriners International selected Near Eastern iconography and regalia to serve as the fraternity's theme when it was founded in 1872. The Shriner's red fezzes (hats) and the costumes they sometimes wear in parades pay tribute to the long-standing tradition.
We opened our first hospital in 1922, in Shreveport, LA. The hospital initially focused exclusively on treating the orthopaedics aftereffects of the polio virus, which was rampant at that time.
Our health care system provides treatment for a full range of congenital and acquired orthopaedics conditions. The most commonly treated conditions include clubfoot, limb deficiencies, deformities and discrepancies, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), and orthopaedics difficulties associated with neuromuscular disorders such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy.
Our care disciplines are pediatric orthopaedics, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
Our locations specializing in treatment of burns and burn-related injuries have been leaders in burn care and research since opening in the mid-1960's.
Our hospitals that treat burns and burn related injuries provide comprehensive acute, reconstructive and rehabilitative care. In addition, a multidisciplinary team provides support to the patients and families as they transition back to school and family life.
In the early 1980's Shriners Hospitals for Children opened the nation's first spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers specifically designed for children and teens.
Available programs include a complete range of therapies, psychosocial guidance, fitness programs and experiential activities to build independent living skills.
Children up to age 18 are eligible for at Shriners Hospitals for Children if there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on a child's medical needs.
Call the toll-free national patient referral line at 800-237-5055 in the U.S. or 800-361-7256 in Canada. To locate a Shriners Hospital near you, visit the refer a patient page at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Our health care system emphasizes compassion and a family-centered environment. Our medical experts provide individualized care plans, take time to listen, and focus on the concerns, needs and goals of the patients.
By maintaining relationships with several medical teaching facilities, Shriners Hospitals for Children fosters an academic environment committed to providing high-quality education for its medical staff and expert care to all patients.