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About us

About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is a highly specialized pediatric surgical care center located in the heart of the city. It is considered one of the world’s preeminent hospitals in the treatment of children with severe burn injuries, complex skin conditions, and cleft lip and palate. Affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and verified by a joint program of the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston meets all of the demanding standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services to ensure the best possible outcomes. All members of our staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a family-centered environment.

Our history

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 1922. At the time, polio was reaching epidemic proportions and only families of means had ready access to doctors, leaving thousands of children at risk. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children with 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 specialized care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, and other complex surgical needs. Care is funded by the Shriners Hospitals for Children endowment, which is sustained by donations. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

A center of medical excellence

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston first opened its doors on March 13, 1964 as a five-bed unit located on an interim basis at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 1968, a new hospital was constructed next door to MGH and was later replaced with a larger hospital in 1999.

Today, the Boston Shriners Hospital is a pediatric specialty hospital and research and teaching center. It is a world leader in pediatric burn care and is the only exclusively pediatric, verified burn center in New England. In addition to meeting the needs of children with burn injuries, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston also offers cleft lip and palate care, and reconstructive and plastic surgery.

The hospital’s reputation is far reaching, with patients from over 70 countries having received lifesaving and reconstructive care from our specialists. The hospital staff practices family-centered care by providing resources and programs designed to assist the whole family during a child’s treatment.

Hospital highlights

  • Relationships with 78 academic and medical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • Attending physicians hold teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and are affiliated with MGH.
  • Received the Press Ganey Summit Award for six consecutive years for patient satisfaction in outpatient services.
  • Annual outreach clinics provide services to children in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Professional education and outreach are provided in Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Additionally, we partner with NGOs from around the globe to provide advanced medical care to aid children in need.
  • Over 100 research papers are published every year by our doctors, researchers and clinical staff in high impact professional journals, including Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Surgery.
  • Affiliated with 28 Shrine temples throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Canada.

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, 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.