Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of pediatric specialty hospitals, founded by the Shrine, where children under the age of 18 receive all care and services provided regardless of the patients' ability to pay. There are 18 orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals, three Shriners Hospitals dedicated to treating children with servere burns, and one Shriners Hospital that provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury care. Shriners Hospitals are located throughout North America - 20 in the United States and one each in Mexico and Canada. These "Centers of Excellence" server as major referral centers for children with complex orthopaedic and burn problems.
There is never a charge to the patient or parent for any service or medical treatment received at Shriners Hospitals. Shriners Hospitals accept and treat children without regard to race, religion or relationship to a Shriner. Any child may be eligible for treatment at a Shriners Hospital if the child is under 18 and if, in the opinion of the hospital's chief of staff, the child has an orthopaedic or burn condition that Shriners Hospitals can help.
All of the orthopaedic hospitals are equipped and staffed to treat children with congenital orthopaedic deformities, problems resulting from orthopaedic hospitals (in Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento) also have special programs dedicated to caring for children iwth spintal cord injuries.
The Shriners Hospitals in Boston, Cincinnati, Galveston, and Sacremento treat children with acute, fresh burns; children needing plastic reconstructive or restorative surgery as a result of "healed" burns; children with severe scarring, resulting in contractures or interference with mobility of the limbs; and children with scarring and deformity of the face.