The orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals are dedicated to providing specialized medical and rehabilitative services to children with congenital deformities, problems resulting from orthopaedic injuries, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The most commonly treated disorders include club foot, limb deficiencies and discrepancies, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), hand and back problems, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and growth problems. The orthopaedic hospitals in Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento also provide spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Opened in the mid-1960s, the burn Shriners Hospitals in Galveston, Boston, Cincinnati and Sacramento have been leaders in burn research and treatment for more than 30 years. Not only has this research been beneficial over the years to Shriners’ pediatric patients, but also has had far-reaching affects on burn treatment techniques world wide.
In 2005, Shriners Hospitals approved 37,755 new patient applications and cared for 123,385 patients. In 2005, Shriners Hospitals provided the following:
* 228,261 radiology procedures
For 2006, the overall budget for all Shriners Hospitals totals $649 million.
The operating budget totals $616 million, including $33 million allocated for research.
The capital expenditures budget totals $33 million
During the 84 year history of Shriners Hospitals, approximately $7.6 billion has been spent to operate Shriners Hospitals, and over $1.73 billion has been spent on construction and renovations.