Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
Shriners, or Shrine Masons belong to Shriners International. The Shrine is an international Fraternity of approximately 500,000 members who belong to Shrine Centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Republic of Panama The Philippines, and Germany. Founded in New York City in 1872, the organization is composed solely of Master Masons. Members of Shriners International are members of the Masonic Order and adhere to the principles of Freemasonry — Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.