- Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:21
- Published: Friday, 09 May 2014 06:21
- Written by Administrator
The heart and soul of the Shrine are Shriners Hospitals for Children. These 22 pediatric and burn specialty hospitals help thousands of children each year, without charge to the patient or family. The hospitals help children who have problems of the bones, joints or muscles, and children who have been severely burned.
Three of the orthopaedic hospitals also specialize in treating children with spinal cord injuries. A Shriners Hospital, which encompasses orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury care, and conducts research, opened in 1997 in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to the medical care provided to children by Shriners Hospitals, most of the hospitals are also actively engaged in research, searching for cures to crippling childhood diseases and better treatments for burn injuries. The two closest hospitals are in Portland and Spokane.
Many Shriners take an active part in helping children by sponsoring them for treatment, volunteering in the hospitals, or fund raising.
Local Shrine Clubs hold admission clinics each year. Check the Event Schedule in the Smile With Nile Paper or the spicific Shrine Club for specific times and dates. In addition, children can be vetted for admittance at any time by contacting the Nile Shrine Center for information about Shriners Hospitals and patient travel arrangements at:
Patient Support Office
6601 – 244th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043-2750
425-774-9611 ext 212
Hours: 10 AM to 1 PM, Mondays
Nile Shrine sponsors Shrine Clubs and special Units - all of which invite your participation and can help you find a hospital. Just ask a Shriner.