|Shriners Hospitals for Children
|The Shriners Creed
Shriners believe in God and that He
created man to serve His purposes,
among which is service to others in
We believe that care for the less
fortunate, especially children who
suffer from burns and crippling
diseases, is our institutional
We are patriots, each willing to serve
his country with fidelity and courage.
We cherish independence under law
and freedom with responsibility.
We honor family. We respect our
parents, wives and children. We
should instill in our children the
tenets of this creed, and the
heritage from which it emanates.
As individuals we pledge ourselves
to integrity, virtue and nobility of
character. Our intentions will be
honorable, our relations will be
trustworthy and our spirits forgiving
of each other.
As brothers we offer each other
fraternal affection and respect.
Together we will support each other
in adherence to this creed, so that
we and our communities will be the
better because of our fraternity and
As Shriners we look beyond
ourselves to serve the needs of
others, especially children who
cannot help themselves. We
believe Shriners Hospitals to be the
world's greatest philanthropy, and
we covenant with each other to
support its "temples of mercy" with
spirit, time, talent and means.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of pediatric specialty
hospitals, founded by the Shrine, where children under the age of 18
receive excellent medical care absolutely free of charge. There are
18 orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals, three Shriners Hospitals
dedicated to treating children with severe burns, and one Shriners
Hospital that provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury care.
Shriners Hospitals are located throughout North America — 20 in the
United States and one each in Mexico and Canada. These "Centers
of Excellence" serve as major referral centers for children with
complex orthopaedic and burn problems.
There is never a charge to the patient, parent or any third party for
any service or medical treatment received at Shriners Hospitals.
Shriners Hospitals accept and treat children without regard to race,
religion or relationship to a Shriner. Any child may be eligible for
treatment at a Shriners Hospital if the child is under 18 and if, in the
opinion of the hospital's chief of staff, the child has an orthopaedic or
burn condition that Shriners Hospitals can help.
All of the orthopaedic hospitals are equipped and staffed to treat
children with congenital orthopaedic deformities, problems resulting
from orthopaedic injuries, and diseases of the musculoskeletal
system. Three of the orthopaedic hospitals (in Chicago, Philadelphia
and Sacramento) also have special programs dedicated to caring for
children with spinal cord injuries.
The Shriners Hospitals in Boston, Cincinnati, Galveston, and
Sacramento treat children with acute, fresh burns; children needing
plastic reconstructive or restorative surgery as a result of "healed"
burns; children with severe scarring, resulting in contractures or
interference with mobility of the limbs; and children with scarring and
deformity of the face.