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The Story of Shriners Hospitals for Children

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The next chapter of Shriners Hospitals for Children will be written by YOU! The patients, parents, donors and friends who support our mission.

From the Beginning: Shriners Hospitals for Children

In 1922, construction began on the first Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was the perfect location; an underserved city surrounded by farming communities. To address the needs of patients during construction, the hospital’s first physician saw patients at an office in town.

Learn the Story of Shriners, and Shriners Hospitals for Children®
You might know The Shriners as simply the men in red hats, but there’s a fascinating, 150-year history behind those fancy red fezzes. The story begins in 1870, when a group of fellows created an organization to serve their communities and help build a better world.

"What makes our healthcare system distinct compared to other traditional sports injury specialists is our innovative and comprehensive treatment options centering around each patient’s individual needs and goals"

Former First Lady Jennifer

Today, Shriners Hospitals for Children has served more than 1.5 million children, regardless of the families' ability to pay.

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