Across North America, Shriners Hospitals for Children offer some of the best medical care in the world to children who need orthopaedic
and burn care, as well as spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Because of the Shrine fraternity's commitment to the "World's Greatest
Philanthropy" over the past 80 years, approximately 675,000 children have been helped by the free medical care available at the 22
The orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals are dedicated to providing specialized medical and rehabilitative services
to children with congenital deformities, problems resulting from orthopaedic injuries, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
The most commonly treated disorders include club foot, limb deficiencies and discrepancies, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), hand
and back problems, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and growth problems. The orthopaedic hospitals in Chicago, Philadelphia
and Sacramento also provide spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Opened in the mid-1960s, the burn Shriners Hospitals in Galveston,
Boston, Cincinnati and Sacramento have been leaders in burn research and treatment for more than 30 years. Not only has this research
been beneficial over the years to Shriners' pediatric patients, but also has had far-reaching affects on burn treatment techniques
In 2005, Shriners Hospitals approved 37,755 new patient applications and cared for 123,385 patients. In 2005, Shriners
Hospitals provided the following:
* 228,261 radiology procedures
* 305,445 outpatient, outreach and telemedicine visits
orthotic and prosthetic devices
* 24,627 surgical procedures
* 469,469 physical therapy treatments
* 227,857 occupational therapy treatments
2006, the overall budget for all Shriners Hospitals totals $649 million.
The operating budget totals $616 million, including $33 million
allocated for research.
The capital expenditures budget totals $33 million
During the 84 year history of Shriners Hospitals, approximately
$7.6 billion has been spent to operate Shriners Hospitals, and over $1.73 billion has been spent on construction and renovations.