Cincinnati Shriners Hospital celebrates 50 years of pediatric specialty care

(CINCINNATI; February 15, 2018) Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati kicked off its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, February 14th with an internal celebration that included staff, volunteers and board members.

The morning’s celebration, which took place in the hospital atrium, included a special presentation by Lauren Lind, a local burn survivor who was burned over 40% of her body at age 6 when a large container of hot chocolate tipped over into her car seat while in route to her brother’s football game. Now a student at University of Cincinnati, Lauren has served four summers as a Junior Counselor at Camp Ytiliba, the hospital’s week-long camp for patients. “I don’t remember the pain,” said Lind, “I remember this being one of my favorite places; I always feel special here.”

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital opened in 1968 as Shriners Burns Institute, and was connected with General Hospital, what is now University of Cincinnati Medical Center. One of only four free-standing pediatric burn hospitals in the country today, Cincinnati Shriners Hospital has expanded its care over the years to include plastic and reconstructive surgery, treatment of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders, and complex skin and wound conditions. As always, the hospital treats children based strictly on their needs and regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

The hospital has celebrations planned throughout the year, including a June 16th Patient Reunion and a July 12th visit from David Ragan, NASCAR driver whose number 38 Ford Fusion is sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children. Media will be welcome at both events.

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Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital has had Magnet™ designation since 2008 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information, visit

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