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.

“Our patients are the true heroes of Shriners Hospitals for Children. They give hope and inspiration to others and reinforce the message that Shriners Hospitals for Children provides life-changing care”
— First Lady Sowder

Today, Shriners Hospitals for Children has served more than 1.4 million children, regardless of the families ability to pay.

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