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About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care. The Tampa Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including rare diseases and syndromes. When you visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa you might see your neighbors and might also meet families visiting from across Florida and south Georgia, as well as from other countries. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa is located on the campus of the University of South Florida. The close proximity allows us to share resources. Some of our physicians hold teaching appointments at the Morsani College of Medicine. The Tampa Shriners Hospital opened in 1985. For the past 30 years, we have been bringing Love to the rescue to more than 50,000 children with orthopaedic conditions. Our world-renowned specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs have transformed patients back into kids.

Historic highlights

 Here are just a few of the historic highlights of our care:

  • We successfully performed surgery to separate the legs of a patient diagnosed with sirenomelia, commonly known as Mermaid Syndrome.
  • Our director of Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) helped establish one of the nation’s first licensing boards for orthotic and prosthetic devices. He received the first license issued by the newly created Florida Board of Orthotists and Prosethetists.
  • In 2011, we performed the first ever Stanmore expandable endoprosthesis procedure in the United States. News reports at the time described it as a “bionic arm.”

History of Shriners Hospitals for Children

Each day inside Shriners Hospitals for Children, patients and families say thank you to the Shriners – 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 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 system of 22 hospitals recognized for devotion to transforming the lives of children through specialized 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.

We accept all patients regardless of the families’ ability to pay. The hospital does accept many types of insurance, including Medicaid, although there are no barriers to care. For more information, or if you have additional questions, please call 866-665-5437.

Our commitment to the community

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa, 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.