Designated by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma as a verified pediatric burn care center, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston provides highly specialized acute, reconstructive and rehabilitative care for children with burns and other soft tissue conditions. Inpatient and outpatient units are designed to allow children to recover in a safe, family-centered environment along the continuum of their care. The world-class physicians, clinicians and researchers are committed to continuously providing advanced burn care and treatment to children from all over the world.
Since Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston entered the burn care field in 1966, the survival rate of children with burns over more than 50 percent of their body surface has doubled. Today, patients with burns over 90 percent of their body can survive and go on to lead full, productive lives thanks to the cutting-edge clinical care, research and education at the Galveston Shriners Hospital. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Inside Shriners Hospitals for Children each day, patients and families say thank you to the Shriners International fraternity – those men in the red fezzes. Our model for care was imagined and established by the Shriners, the fraternal organization for which the hospital is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized pediatric care, the Shriners opened their first hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1922. Polio was reaching epidemic proportions and only families of means had ready access to doctors, leaving thousands of children at risk without health care. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children suffering from the crippling effects of polio, clubfoot and other orthopaedic conditions could receive life-changing medical care.
Recognized as one of the world’s greatest philanthropies, Shriners Hospitals for Children has evolved into an international hospital system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through expert care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and other complex surgical needs. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
In 1959, at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the leadership of Shriners of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, in collaboration with the United States Army, Navy and Air Force, recognized the need for a facility devoted to the treatment of major pediatric burns and for the research and teaching projects connected with them. Later that year, Shrine leadership visited the University of Texas Medical Branch with Truman Blocker, M.D., a retired Brigadier General, who was internationally known for his pioneering work treating burn patients and mass casualties, including victims of the worst industrial accident in American history – the 1947 Texas City disaster, and patients disfigured from injuries in World War II.
The conclusion was reached that a hospital for the specialized care of burned children should be affiliated with a medical school where related research and teaching might be conducted.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston opened in 1963 as the Shriners Burn Institute at John Sealy Hospital, while a specialized burn hospital was constructed on land adjacent to the University of Texas Medical Branch. The Galveston Shriners Hospital was completed and adopted into the Shriners Hospital system in 1966. Recognized as a leader in burn care, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston delivers critical burn treatment services and skin therapies to children with the most critical burn injuries. Since entering the burn care field 50 years ago, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston has doubled the survival rate for children with burns over more than 50 percent of their body, through phenomenal breakthroughs in skin grafting procedures, infection control and burn care best practices. Today, patients with burns over 90 percent of their body can survive and go on to lead full, productive lives thanks to the cutting-edge clinical care, research and education at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston. The Galveston Shriners Hospital is one of the only four strategically built, intensive burn care centers in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston, like the other U.S based hospitals in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system, reaffirms its commitment to excellence of care through the development of its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a requirement for tax-exempt hospitals to engage their servicing community every three years and assess their health needs. Based on the findings, we have developed an action plan to work alongside community stakeholders in addressing the health needs of the community.