Shriners Hospitals for Children

No one should have to walk alone.

This is the philosophy of Shriners Hospitals for Children, a 22-hospital pediatric health care system which provides excellent, medical care to children with. orthopedic problems or burn injuries.

The orthopedic Shriners Hospitals for Children help children with problems of the bones, joints or muscles. Three of the orthopedic hospitals also provide rehabilitative care for children with spinal cord injuries. Four Shriners Hospitals help children who have been seriously burned, or children needing reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation as a result of burn injuries.

Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals have been helping children. Shriners Hospitals are substantially funded through the Shriners Hospitals for Children endowment fund, which is maintained through gifts, bequests and contributions. Additional income for Shriners Hospitals is provided by an annual hospital assessment paid by every Shriner, as well as designated charitable fund-raising events administered by Shriners.

Admission to a Shriners Hospital is based on medical need. Children from infancy to their 18th birthday are eligible for admission to a Shriners Hospital if treatment would benefit the child.

In addition to patient care, Shriners Hospitals are actively engaged in research, searching for the cures and improved treatments of crippling childhood diseases and improved treatments for burn injuries. Shriners Hospitals for Children are also major teaching. centers, affiliated with some of the top medical colleges and universities in the country. Application forms for admission to Shriners Hospitals are available from Shriners, Shrine Center offices, Shrine Clubs, or by calling toll-free 1-800-237-5055 in the U.S., or in Canada call 1-800-361-7256. Applications can also be downloaded at http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/ReferAPatient.aspx.