Located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston specializes in delivering the highest quality care to children with a variety of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases, as well as cleft lip and palate abnormalities. We also provide sub-acute care and inpatient rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered an illness or accident that requires specialized care.
Children up to age 18 receive all treatment and services regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Our hospital provides a multidisciplinary approach to ensure patients receive the best comprehensive care for their conditions. The family-centered care fosters partnerships among staff, patients and their families. This approach supports children during treatment and empowers them to reach their maximum potential to achieve their dreams.
The Houston Shriners Hospital traces its origins to the Arabia Temple Crippled Children’s Clinic that was housed within the Baptist Sanitarium in downtown Houston from 1920–1932.
In 1932, the facility relocated to the then downtown Methodist Hospital. The Arabia Shriners approached the Blue Bird Ladies Auxiliary to build the “Little Hospital,” also known as the Blue Bird Cottage, where the clinic was housed from 1934–1949.
The clinic later took its place in the new Texas Medical Center and was a hospital-within-a-hospital at the Hermann Hospital from 1949–1952, until the new adjoining building was completed.
Arabia Temple Crippled Children’s Clinic and Hospital opened in 1952. It was subsequently renamed Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in 1966.
We built and moved to our current location in 1996.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston today:
- 94 physicians, both paid staff and volunteers
- Affiliated with five medical schools and multiple prominent universities
- One of only two hospitals in Texas with a clinical motion analysis laboratory
- More than 20,000 children served since 1920
- 40 inpatient beds
- Over 90 surgeries per month
- 1,200 clinic visits per month
- Nine outreach clinics per year in La Feria (4), Laredo (3), Amarillo and El Paso with five follow up “mini” clinics
- 23 different orthopaedic specialty clinics
- Approximiately 15,000 active patients
- Approximately 2,900 new patients every year
- $24 million local budget
To refer a patient, call 713-793-3765 or 800-853-1240.
Our commitment to the community
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston, like the other U.S. based hospitals in the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system, reaffirms its commitment to excellence of care through the development of its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a requirement for tax-exempt hospitals to engage their servicing community every three years and assess their health needs. Based on the findings, we have developed an action plan to work alongside community stakeholders to address the health needs of the community.