Hospitals that Pyramid Shriners Support
516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104
Telephone 413-787-2000 Fax 413-787-2009
51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114
Telephone 617-722-3000 Fax 617-523-1684
Board of Governors Members
Board of Governors Members
Ill. William Russo, Board Member
Noble Mark Hawkins, Associate Member
Ill. Jerry Gruenbaum, Board Member
How You Can Help Provide A New Tomorrow
Shriners Hospitals depend on the generosity of many individuals, Shriners and non-Shriners alike, for the funding needed to continue operating this extraordinary philanthropy.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a fully qualified 501(C)3 charitable organization under IRS regulations. Donations are tax-deductible. Charitable contributions work hard at Shriners Hospitals. Approximately 6 percent of Shriners Hospitals’ annual operating budget is used for administrative and fund-raising costs, and Shriners Hospitals are ranked at the very top among “charities that watch their pennies best.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children Mission Statement
It is the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children to:
Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.
This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
Shriners Hospitals for Children will be the unquestioned leader, nationally and internationally, in caring for children and advancing the field in its specialty areas.
About Shriners Hospital for Children - Boston
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is a highly specialized pediatric surgical care center located in the heart of the city. It is considered one of the world’s preeminent hospitals in the treatment of children with severe burn injuries, complex skin conditions, and cleft lip and palate. Affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and verified by a joint program of the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston meets all of the demanding standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services to ensure the best possible outcomes. All members of our staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a family-centered environment.
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. At the time, polio was reaching epidemic proportions and only families of means had ready access to doctors, leaving thousands of children at risk. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children with 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 hospital system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through specialized care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, and other complex surgical needs. Care is funded by the Shriners Hospitals for Children endowment, which is sustained by donations. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
A Center of Medical Excellence
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston first opened its doors on March 13, 1964 as a five-bed unit located on an interim basis at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 1968, a new hospital was constructed next door to MGH and was later replaced with a larger hospital in 1999.
Today, the Boston Shriners Hospital is a 30-bed pediatric specialty hospital, research and teaching center. It is a world leader in pediatric burn care and is the only exclusively pediatric, verified burn center in New England. In addition to meeting the needs of children with burn injuries, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston also offers cleft lip and palate care, and reconstructive and plastic surgery.
The hospital’s reputation is far reaching, with patients from over 70 countries having received lifesaving and reconstructive care from our specialists. The hospital staff practices family-centered care by providing resources and programs designed to assist the whole family during a child’s treatment.
Relationships with 78 academic and medical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Attending physicians hold teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and are affiliated with MGH.
Received the Press Ganey Summit Award for six consecutive years for patient satisfaction in outpatient services.
Annual outreach clinics provide services to children in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Professional education and outreach are provided in Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Additionally, we partner with NGOs from around the globe to provide advanced medical care to aid children in need.
Over 100 research papers are published every year by our doctors, researchers and clinical staff in high impact professional journals, including Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Surgery.
Affiliated with 28 Shrine temples throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Canada.
Their commitment to the community
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, 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 in addressing the health needs of the community.
About Shriners Hospital for Children - Springfield
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield is unique in its ability to provide exceptional, specialized pediatric orthopaedic, rheumatology and cleft lip and palate care using the latest innovations in diagnosis and treatment. Our expanded services include inpatient rehabilitation, fracture care, neurodevelopmental pediatrics, sports health and medicine, and pediatric urology. The hospital is designed exclusively for children, offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient services under one roof, so children can receive care and treatment in one building. Appointments with physicians and clinicians in various departments throughout the hospital can be conveniently scheduled for the same day.
Care for patients at the Springfield Shriners Hospital begins with an initial consultation, followed by establishing a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Our pediatric specialists and therapists collaborate to determine the best course of care, and referring physicians are able to get results returned quickly. The comprehensive onsite services at the hospital include outpatient visits, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, orthotics and prosthetics, radiology (including EOS imaging), the motion analysis center (utilizing a 3D motion capture system), occupational therapy, physical therapy, child life, care coordination, family services and nutrition.
The Springfield Shriners Hospital focuses on cost-efficient, high-quality care. We participate in a number of local and national health plans and we work hard to balance cost of care with the services needed.
Treatment, education and research
On a daily basis, the medical team provides treatment for the most routine pediatric orthopaedic, rheumatology, and cleft lip and palate problems to the most rarely seen conditions. The team is comprised of board certified orthopaedic surgeons fellowship trained in pediatric orthopaedics, a pediatrician, pediatric rheumatologists, orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, and more than 80 consulting physicians and surgeons. Through outreach clinics and telehealth, we provide care to children domestically and internationally.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield maintains orthopaedic residency affiliations with Boston University School of Medicine and Albany Medical College. Education and training are also provided to graduate and undergraduate students from area colleges and universities in the fields of nursing, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, motion analysis, child life and social services. The hospital offers continuing medical education programs for area physicians and health care professionals.
Research is one of the cornerstones of the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s mission. Research teams throughout the hospital system include internationally renowned experts whose discoveries have changed treatment methodologies and improved the lives of countless children.
Shriners International is the fraternity that founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. Through the remarkable foresight, commitment and fundraising skills of the Shriners, over one million children have been treated at the 22 hospitals in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system.
History of Shriners Hospitals for Children
Inside Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield each day, patients and families say thank you to the Shriners International fraternity – those men in the red fezzes. Our model for care was imagined and established by Shriners International, the fraternal organization for which the hospital is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized pediatric care, Shriners International opened their first hospital in Shreveport, La., 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 hospital system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through expert care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate and other complex surgical needs. All children receive care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Their commitment to the community
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield, 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.