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History of Shriners Children's Texas

Established: 1966

Shriners Children's history in Texas dates back to 1920, when the Arabia Temple opened what was then called the “Crippled Children’s Clinic” inside the Baptist Sanitarium in downtown Houston. Their efforts eventually led them to a home in the city’s medical center as a free-standing hospital that specialized in treating common to very complex orthopedic conditions.

According to his son, it was a chance meeting on a plane with a Shriner that his father, Truman G. Blocker, M.D., a surgeon who treated survivors of the 1947 Texas City Disaster and the University of Texas Medical Branch’s first president, that the idea for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston was born. By 1959, a need for pediatric burn care was recognized in the U.S., and Dr. Blocker knew the Shriners were pioneers in children's health care.

In 1966, the Shriners opened the first of what would become four children’s burn care facilities in the United States on Galveston Island. Since then, the hospital has become world-renowned for its advances in the field of burn care through research and treatments, which have led to a dramatic increase in survival rates among burn patients.

After Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island in 2008, Galveston's cleft lip and palate program moved to the Houston hospital to ensure patients would continue to receive care. For several years after that, the two hospitals continued to work together to provide services, such as prosthetics and orthotics, so their patients could receive the best possible outcomes and live lives without limits.

In January of 2021, the two Texas facilities consolidated together to become one as Shriners Children’s Texas. This collaboration of care in one location has already proven extremely beneficial to patients with burn injuries, orthopedic conditions, and cleft lip and palate.

Location Highlights

  • 1920s: Arabia Shrine Temple opens the first orthopedic clinic in Houston, Texas.
  • 1947: April 16 – "Texas City Disaster" was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, which claimed the lives of at least 581 and injured over 5,000, mainly with burns.
  • 1952: Arabia Temple Crippled Children's Clinic opens.
  • 1962: July 4 – The joint boards resolved to provide burn care for children, and partnered with University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) to embark on the construction of their first burn hospital.
  • 1964: June 23 – Groundbreaking ceremony in Galveston.
  • 1965: May 12 – A cornerstone leveling was conducted by the Grand Lodge of Texas.
  • 1966: March 20 – Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston opens.
  • 1966: Arabia Temple Clinic joins Shriners Hospitals for Children, making it the 21st in the system.
  • 1992: Galveston opens a new, larger hospital across the street from UTMB.
  • 1994: The Houston hospital moves to the medical center in their new building.
  • 2021: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston and Galveston consolidate and become Shriners Children's Texas in Galveston.

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Cuidado de quemaduras

El Shriners Children's ofrece tratamiento para quemaduras de todo grado y tipo, incluidas quemaduras químicas, quemaduras por la electricidad y quemaduras por llamas. Nuestros planes de tratamiento personalizados de atención de quemaduras pediátricas pueden incluir cuidado de las heridas, tratamiento de cicatrices y reconstrucción.

Ortopedia

Shriners Children's proporciona una gama completa de atención ortopédica pediátrica. Abarca desde la atención de fracturas hasta yesos para huesos rotos, cirugía y rehabilitación.

Labio leporino

Cuando un bebé presenta labio leporino al nacer, el enfoque del equipo de Shriners Children's es realizar una cirugía de labio leporino de vanguardia para tratar esta afección y abordar todas las preocupaciones de los padres relacionadas con el labio leporino y la hendidura alveolar.

Paladar hendido

El paladar hendido ocurre cuando los tejidos que forman el techo de la boca no se unen antes del nacimiento. El equipo de atención de Shriners Children's trabaja en la reparación y restauración física y psicológica de los niños.

Columna vertebral y médula espinal

En Shriners Children's, cada familia puede esperar que los cirujanos pediátricos de columna vertebral y médula espinal ofrezcan compasión, respeto y un plan de tratamiento que utilice la investigación científica y clínica más reciente.

Medicina deportiva

En las clínicas de medicina deportiva de Shriners Children's, prestamos atención de nivel profesional a los jóvenes atletas que hayan sufrido lesiones. Atenderse con un médico de forma inmediata puede ayudar a evitar que una lesión empeore y provoque daños permanentes.

Entendemos cuáles son las necesidades médicas únicas de los niños.

Ofrecemos tratamiento vital y pionero desde el nacimiento hasta los 18 años. Aquí, los niños tienen la oportunidad de ser evaluados y tratados por médicos reconocidos por sus pares como los mejores.