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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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Soin des brûlures

Les Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants traitent tous les niveaux et types de brûlures, y compris les brûlures chimiques, les brûlures électriques et les brûlures par les flammes. Nos plans de traitement des brûlures pédiatriques sont personnalisés et peuvent inclure le soin des plaies, la gestion des cicatrices et la reconstruction.

Orthopédie

L’Hôpital Shriners pour enfants offre un éventail complet de soins orthopédiques pédiatriques. Cela va du traitement des fractures et du moulage des os cassés à la chirurgie et à la rééducation.

Fente labiale

Lorsqu’un bébé naît avec une fente labiale, l’approche de l’équipe des Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants fournit une chirurgie de pointe de la fente labiale et répond à l’ensemble des préoccupations des parents liées à la fente labiale et à la fente alvéolaire.

Fissures palatines

Une fente palatine se produit lorsque les tissus qui forment le toit de la bouche ne se rejoignent pas avant la naissance. Les soins prodigués par l’équipe des Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants réparent et rétablissent chaque enfant sur le plan physique et psychologique.

Colonne vertébrale et moelle épinière

Aux Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants, chaque famille peut s’attendre à ce que nos chirurgiens pédiatriques de la colonne vertébrale et de la moelle épinière fassent preuve de compassion, de respect et proposent un plan de traitement qui utilise les recherches cliniques et scientifiques les plus récentes.

Médecine du sport

Les Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants fournissent des soins de niveau professionnel aux jeunes athlètes blessés dans nos cliniques de médecine sportive. Consulter un médecin immédiatement peut empêcher une blessure de s’aggraver et contribuer à éviter des dommages durables.

Nous comprenons les besoins médicaux uniques des enfants

Nous proposons des traitements vitaux et novateurs de la naissance jusqu’à l’âge de 18 ans. Ici, les enfants ont la possibilité d’être évalués et traités par des médecins reconnus comme étant les meilleurs par leurs pairs.