The Shrine of North America is a fraternity that has 500,000 members in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Panama. They founded a network of pediatric hospitals that provides free excellent medical care for children under 18 years old.
Shriners have 22 hospitals; 20 in the United States, one in Mexico and one in Canada. These hospitals treat children that suffer serious burns and orthopedic injuries.
Their hospitals do not charge for the medical treatment and services that they provide. They do not have prejudices of race, sex and religion.
Every Shrine hospital has the best technology. Their staff is capable of dealing with orthopedic deformities, injuries, and diseases. Their Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento hospitals created programs to help children with spinal cord injuries. Their Boston, Sacramento and Cincinnati hospitals have the resources to treat children with fresh burns, scarring and deformities of the face.
Shrine hospitals intend to surround their patients with an environment full of compassion, family treatment and care. Children with burn injuries and neuromusculoskeletal conditions certainly need this kind environment.
Shrine hospitals finance the education of health care professionals like physicians. They want to expand their knowledge and for this reason, they conduct research. This helps them improve the quality of the care they provide while contributing to ensure their patients a lead a healthy life.
Pediatricians, urologists, plastic surgeons, geneticists, and more specialists are part of the medical staff of these hospitals. Their hard work and effort is what helped them built a reputation in the United States as well as in the rest of the world.