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Origins A Historic Decision The First Hospital An Unparalleled Impact
Laying the cornerstone of the first Shriners Hospitals for Children in Shreveport, La.


By June 1922 the cornerstone had been laid for the first Shriners Hospitals for Children® in Shreveport, La. The first patient to be admitted in 1922 was a little girl with a clubfoot, who had learned to walk on the top of her foot rather than the sole.

Never does a Shriner stand so tall as when he stoops to help a child.

Through the remarkable foresight, commitment and fundraising skills of the Shriners nearly one million children have been treated at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children across the United States, and in Canada and Mexico.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the generous donations of Shriners, corporations and the general public to carry out our mission and improve the lives of children every day. Learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children.