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About us

About us

Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care. The Tampa-based outpatient facility focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including rare diseases and syndromes. When you visit Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida you might see your neighbors and might also meet families visiting from across Florida and south Georgia. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay. The Florida outpatient facility is part of Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with 22 locations across North America. 

Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida 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. Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida opened in 1985. For the past 30 years, we have been bringing pediatric specialty care to more than 60,000 children with orthopaedic conditions.

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 Prosthetists.
  • 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

Our model for care was imagined and established by the Shriners, the fraternal organization for which the health care system is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized orthopaedic 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 locations 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 health care system 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.