The chain is a network of pediatric
specialty hospitals where children under the age of 18 receive
excellent medical care absolutely free of charge. There are 18
orthopaedic hospitals, three dedicated to treating children with
severe burns and one that provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal
cord injury care. They 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 any of the facilities and they accept and treat children without
regard to race or religion. Any child may be eligible for treatment
if he or she is under 18 and if, in the opinion of the hospital's
chief of staff, the child has an orthopaedic or burn condition
that one of the 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 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.
If you know a child that the Shriners might be able to
help, please call one of their toll-free patient referral lines
between 8am and 5pm, eastern time.
In the U.S.: (800) 237-5055
In Canada: (800) 361-7256
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