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About us

About us

To learn about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, please view our hospital video.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia is dedicated to improving the lives of children. We have a highly trained team of medical specialists caring for the most routine to the rarely seen pediatric orthopaedic conditions and spinal cord injuries.

Care for patients at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital begins with an initial consultation, followed by establishing a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Our specialists and therapists collaborate to determine the best course of care and communicate quickly with the referring physicians. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. Children can receive care for all of their orthopaedic needs in one building.

Our patients come from all over Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as throughout the world. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children. Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Our history

Inside Shriners Hospitals for Children, patients and families say thank you to the Shriners International fraternity – the men in the red fezzes. Our model for care was imagined by the Shriners, the fraternal organization that established the hospital system. The Shriners opened their first hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1922. Polio was reaching epidemic proportions and Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children suffering from the crippling effects of polio received life-changing medical care. Clubfoot and other orthopaedic conditions were also widespread and children could receive state-of-the-art treatment.

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. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip or palate, or other complex surgical needs. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

The Philadelphia Shriners Hospital history

Former Mayor of Philadelphia, W. Freeland Kendrick, a Past Imperial Potentate and founder of the Shriners Hospitals for Children system officially dedicated the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital on June 24, 1926, located in northeast Philadelphia. In 1980, the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital pioneered the nation's first pediatric spinal cord injury rehabilitation program. In 1998, the hospital moved to its current location in north Philadelphia on the Temple University Health Science Campus. In 2009, Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center opened within the Temple University Medical School.

Today, the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital is a 49-bed pediatric specialty hospital, research and teaching center. The hospital is a leader in pediatric orthopaedic care and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

The hospital’s reputation is far reaching, with patients from over 30 countries having received 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. Providing quality orthopaedic medical care to children is our top priority.

Hospital highlights:

  • Relationships with multiple academic and medical institutions, including Temple University Health System, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University, Jefferson Medical School, and University of Pennsylvania
  • World-renowned experts in the pediatric orthopaedic fields of hand surgery, spine surgery, lower extremity surgery and rehabilitation
  • Internationally acclaimed basic science researchers devoted to nerve regeneration
  • Attending physicians hold teaching appointments at Temple University and Jefferson Medical School
  • Outreach clinic provides services to children in Puerto Rico six times per year and we collaborate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to bring children in need from around the globe for advanced medical care
  • Doctors, researchers and clinical staff publish over 100 research papers every year in high impact professional journals including Spinal Deformity, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and more
  • Affiliated with 22 Shrine temples throughout the Mid-Atlantic, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and beyond including international countries
  • Accredited by the The Joint Commission, a national quality control organization that accredits hospitals after reviewing their processes and protocols.

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, 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 to address the health needs of the community.