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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Below are some common questions that we receive at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati.

What is Shriners Hospitals for Children?

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system with 22 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Our staff is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty care, conducting innovative research and offering outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. All care and services are provided regardless of the families' ability to pay.

What are the principal service lines offered at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati today?

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati provides treatment for pediatric burns, specialized pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate, and complex wound and skin conditions.

What are some examples of expertise in burn care found at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati?

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati provides comprehensive acute, reconstructive and rehabilitative care. A multidisciplinary team works closely with patients and their families to provide support during their recovery and transition back to school and family life. Since Shriners Hospitals for Children entered the burn care field, the survival rate for children with burns over 50 percent of their body has doubled.

When and where did the first Shriners Hospitals for Children open?

The first Shriners Hospitals for Children opened in 1922, in Shreveport, Louisiana. The hospital focused exclusively on treating orthopaedic conditions caused by polio, which was rampant at that time.

When did Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati begin to provide burn care?

Our hospital is a leader in burn care and has specialized in the treatment of burns and burn-related injuries since opening in the mid-1960s.

How are Shriners Hospitals for Children different from other pediatric hospitals?

Shriners Hospitals for Children is the only pediatric multi-hospital system in the United States that provides all care and services regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is also one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty hospital systems in the world, with the largest full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S.

What is Shriners International?

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. The fraternity, which has nearly 200 chapters in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world, operates and supports Shriners Hospitals for Children. Learn more about Shriners International.

When was the first Shriners temple (chapter) established?

Mecca Shriners was the faternity’s first temple and was established in New York City in 1872.

Why does Shriners International have a Near Eastern theme?

Similar to college fraternities that use the Greek motif, Shriners International selected Near Eastern iconography and regalia to serve as the fraternity’s theme when it was founded in 1872. The Shriners’ red fezzes (hats) and the costumes they sometimes wear in parades pay tribute to this longstanding tradition.

What is Shriners International’s connection to Shriners Hospitals for Children?

Shriners International founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy.

What role does Shriners Hospitals for Children play in medical education?

Over the past 20 years, more than 9,500 physicians have received residency education or postgraduate fellowships at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The health care system also maintains relationships with more than 60 medical teaching facilities.

Where does the money come from to operate Shriners Hospitals for Children?

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on generous donations from Shriners, corporations and the general public to carry out its mission and improve the lives of children every day.

What percentage of the Shriners Hospitals for Children operating budget is spent in direct support of the organization’s three-part mission of patient care, research and education?

Approximately 85 percent of the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children operating budget is spent in direct support of the organization's three-part mission of treatment, research and teaching.