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About us

About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. We also provide expert cleft lip and palate care. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay.

Our inpatient and outpatient units are designed to reflect the unique character of the Pacific Northwest and put children and families at ease. Located on the campus of Oregon Health Sciences University, we have close affiliations with world-class doctors and researchers who are committed to continuously advancing orthopaedic treatment and cleft lip and palate care for children from all over the world.

Why choose Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland?

  • Our rehabilitation department was honored in 2014 with the McLean Yoder Award for Professional Excellence. Given annually by the National Joint Committee for the Communicative Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities, the award is intended to honor high-quality professional service to individuals with severe disabilities.
  • We believe that the safety of our patients is paramount and in 2015 our security services department earned the Program of Distinction accreditation by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.
  • As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, we collaborate to expand our service and expertise for patients.
  • We provide annual outreach clinics and services to children in Alaska and Southern Oregon and we partner with NGOs from around the globe to provide advanced medical care to children in need.
  • Our medical staff is affiliated with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, International Society of Limb Salvage, European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society, Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics, and International Society for Hip Arthroscopy.
  • We are accredited by the Joint Commission – a national quality control organization.
  • We provide an intimate, family-centered environment where all services are provided under one roof.

Our history

Our model for care was imagined and established by Shriners International, the fraternal organization for which the hospital is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized 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 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. Care is primarily 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 — Portland first opened its doors on January 15, 1924 on a 10-acre parcel of land at NE 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. In 1983, a new facility opened on the campus of Oregon Health Sciences University in southwest Portland.

Today, the Portland Shriners Hospital is a 29-bed pediatric specialty hospital, research and teaching center. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is unique in its ability to provide exceptional, specialized pediatric orthopaedic, and cleft lip and palate care using the latest innovations in diagnosis and treatment. The hospital is designed exclusively for children, offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient services under one roof, so children can receive care and treatment in one building.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland maintains orthopaedic residency affiliations with Oregon Health Science University and Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon. Education and training are also provided to graduate and undergraduate students from area colleges and universities in the fields of nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; orthotics and prosthetics; radiology and clinical nutrition. The hospital offers continuing medical education programs for area physicians and health care professionals.

Research is one of the cornerstones of the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s mission. Research teams throughout the hospital system include internationally renowned experts whose discoveries have changed treatment methodologies and improved the lives of countless children.

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland, 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.

   
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