The Shriners' red fez and mini-scooter parades are the goofy side to their very serious support of the Shriners Hospitals For Children. The system operates nearly two dozen hospitals throughout North America. The majority of its hospitals specialize in orthopedic conditions; others specialize in treating serious burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lips and palates. Founded by the fellowship, Shriners International, the hospitals are supported by a multitude of fundraising events arranged by the organization's 340,000 members. As a result, Shriners Hospitals is able to treat children regardless of their families' ability to pay.
Shriners Hospitals' 22 facilities are located in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Along with providing medical, surgical and rehabilitative services, and social, educational, and transitional services, the organization conducts research to advance treatments for such disorders as bone disease, pediatric burn nutrition, and brittle bone disease.
Shriners Hospitals provides residency education and postgraduate fellowship opportunities to medical students and physicians looking to specialize in pediatric training. The hospitals have affiliations with more than 60 medical teaching facilities worldwide.
Shriners Hospitals is largely supported by philanthropic donations.
Shriners Hospitals For Children was founded by Shriners International in 1922. – less