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Shriners International, our official fraternity

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What is Shriners International?

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. There are 195 temples located throughout the world.

When was the first Shriners temple (chapter) established?

Mecca Shriners was established in New York City in 1872.

Why does Shriners International have a Near Eastern theme?

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 Shriners’ red fezzes (hats) and the costumes they sometimes wear in parades pay tribute to this longstanding tradition.

What is Shriners Hospitals for Children?

The 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children facilities are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. All care and services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

When and where did the first Shriners Hospitals for Children open?

The first Shriners Hospitals for Children opened in 1922 in Shreveport, LA. The hospital focused exclusively on treating orthopaedic conditions caused by polio, which was rampant at that time.

How are Shriners Hospitals for Children different from other pediatric hospitals?

Shriners Hospitals for Children is the only pediatric multi-hospital system in the United States that provides all care and services regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is also one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty hospital systems in the world, with the largest full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S.

What is Shriners International’s connection to Shriners Hospitals for Children?

Shriners International founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official Philanthropy.

What role does Shriners Hospitals for Children play in medical education?

In the past 20 years, more than 9,500 physicians have received residency education or postgraduate fellowships at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The health care system also maintains relationships with more than 60 medical teaching facilities.

What are the principal service lines offered at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati today?

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides treatment for pediatric burns, cleft lip and palate, and specialized pediatric plastic surgery.

What are some examples of expertise in burn care found at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati?

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides comprehensive acute, reconstructive, and rehabilitative care. A multidisciplinary team works closely with patients and their families to provide support during their recovery and transition back to school and family life. Since Shriners Hospitals for Children entered the burn care field, the survival rate for children with burns over more than 50 percent of their body surface has doubled.

When did Shriners Hospitals for Children begin to provide burn care?

The Shriners Hospitals for Children specializing in treatment of burns and burn-related injuries have been leaders in burn care and research since opening in the mid-1960s.

Where does the money come from to operate Shriners Hospitals for Children?

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on generous donations from Shriners, corporations, and the general public to carry out its mission and improve the lives of children every day.

What percentage of the Shriners Hospitals for Children operating budget is spent in direct support of the organization’s three-part mission of patient care, research, and education?

Approximately 90 percent
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