During the Northeastern Shrine Association Field Days set to take place Sept. 13-15 in Bangor, thousands of Shriners will converge on the Queen City from as far away as Connecticut, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Vermont.
These Shriners all have a heart-warming story to tell: the story of the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the tens of thousands of youngsters who have received excellent medical care from these hospitals for decades. Be sure to stop a Shriner and ask for details; he will share the news that the Shrine hospitals and their highly qualified staffers are ready and willing to assist children.
According to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, the mission of each Shriners Hospital is to:
“• Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
• Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
• Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.
This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.”
Located within the Northeastern Shrine Association’s geographical boundaries are three Shriners hospitals:
• Located at 51 Blossom St., Boston, the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is “one of the world’s leading centers for pediatric burn care,” according to the Shriners Hospitals’ Web site. “Our inpatient and outpatient units are designed to allow children to recover in a safe, fun, and friendly environment where family comes first. Because we are right across the street from Massachusetts General Hospital, we are able to share world-class doctors and researchers who are committed to continuously advancing burn care and treatment for children from all over the world.
• Located at 516 Carew St., Springfield, Mass. the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield “is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases, as well as cleft lip and palate,” according to the Web site. “Our hospital is light-filled, colorful, and designed to put children and families at ease. Every member of our staff, from surgeons to therapists, nurses to orthotists, is focused on providing the highest quality care that puts the family at the center of the team.”
• Located at 1529 Cedar Ave., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the Shriners Hospitals for Children — “provides world-class care to children from across Canada,” according to the Web site. “We treat children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders in a family-focused environment that puts children at ease. Every member of our staff, from surgeons to therapists, nurses to orthotists, is committed to helping children improve their quality of life and achieve as much independence as possible.”