Frequently Asked Questions About Shriners and The A.A.O.N.O.M.S.

(Ancient Arabic Order of The Nobles of The Mystic Shrine)

Q What is total Shrine membership in North America?
A More than 500,000

Q How Many Shrine Temples are there?
A There are 191 Shrine Temples, or chapters, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Republic of Panama.

Q What was the first Shrine Temple?
A Mecca Shriners, which was organized in New York City in 1872

Q When did the first Shriners Hospital open, and where is it located?
A In 1922, in Shreveport, LA

Q Where are the burn Shriners Hospitals located, and when did they open?
A Galveston, Texas, in 1966; Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1968; Boston, Massachusetts, in 1968: and Sacramento, California, in 1997.

Q What the purpose of Shriners Hospitals for Children?
A Shriners Hospitals have a three-fold purpose: 1) TREATMENT: To save children's lives and restore their bodies to the highest level of usefulness; 2) RESEARCH: TO conduct research into orthopaedic and burn care; and 3) Education: To train physicians and other medical professionals in the treatment of orthopaedic disabilities and burn injuries.

Q How much does it cost for a child to receive care at the Shriners Hospitals?
A Nothing. All care and services provided at Shriners Hospitals are totally without charge to the patient and family.

Q Where does the money come from to operate the 22 Shriners Hospitals?
A Gifts, bequests, income from the endowment fund, hospital fund-raising events, and the annual assessment paid by every Shriner.

Q Where are the Shrine's three Spinal Cord Injury Centers?
A Philadelphia, Pa. (opened in 1980); Chicago, Ill. (opened in 1983); and Sacramento, Calif. (originally opened in San Francisco in 1984).

Q What the total 2007 budget for Shriners Hospitals for Children?
A $721 million, of which $655 million is targeted for operating expenses (including $37million for research) and $66 million for buildings and equipment expenditures.

Q How much of the 2006 Shriners Hospitals operating budget is used directly for patient care and research at hospitals?
A Approximately 93 percent

Q To date, how much money has been spent operating the 22 Shriners hospitals?
A Approximately $8.2 billion to operate Shriners Hospitals and over $1,76 billion has been spent on construction and renovation.

Q To date, how many children have been helped at 22 Shriners Hospitals?
A About 835, 000

Q In 2006, how many new patient applications were approved in Shriners Hospitals?
A 38,984

Q In 2006, how many outpatient and outreach clinic visits were recorded at 22 hospitals?
A 296,859

Q In 2006, how many surgical procedures were recorded at the 22 hospitals?
A 24,609

Q Up to what age children admitted to Shriners Hospitals for Children?
A Up to their 18th birthday

Q What is the average length of stay at the Shriners hospitals?
A 5.3 days


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