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Shriners Childrens Hospital - Tampa Unit

Sahib Shriners in Sarasota, Florida, is proud to represent this fine children's hospital. Members of our temple sponsor over 1,000 Sarasota/Bradenton area children for treatment and provide transportation for them and their families. If you are ever in the vicinity of the hospital, you are welcome to a guided tour, Shriners are anxious to show you what they do for children with orthopaedic needs.

Shriners love taking care of their children!The Tampa Shriners Hospital for Children is a $30 million, 60-bed pediatric orthopaedic hospital serving children in Florida, southern Georgia and the Caribbean regardless of the families’ ability to pay. In a network of 22 hospitals, the Tampa Hospital is the 19th orthopaedic hospital as four facilities are burns institutes. The Tampa Hospital cares for children with various bone and muscle problems such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and other limb and growth problems.

The facility is designed and organized to provide, not only the most modern and state-of-the-art medical treatment, but also an environment that focuses on the patient's mind and spirit which is vital to achieving optimal recovery results. Together these facilitate a "total care" approach to treatment.

Expert personnelTo ensure "total care," the Tampa Hospital is staffed with 240 expert and professional personnel and 300 volunteers who provide many diversified services and programs.

The hospital is designed to complement a "family centered care" concept which encourages the patient's recovery and treatment with family participation through fold-beds in patient rooms and motel-type rooms for parents staying over night. To promote sibling participation, there are no age limitations regarding visitation of patients.

Tampa Hospital staff implements primary nursing care, a program that assigns each nurse to a specific patient throughout their hospitalization. This emphasizes personal attention and continuity in treatment.

The out-patient clinic has 15 exam rooms and 4 cast rooms. Each door is painted with a scene of Florida wildlife to help children find their rooms more easily. Patients are admitted through out-patient, which treats approximately 50 patients per day. After an initial exam and lab tests, patients are escorted to an in-patient facility consisting of three 20-bed nursing units. Patients are placed according to their developmental age -- infant/toddler, school age or adolescent -- rather than by medical condition. This aids in promoting positive relationships and cooperation.

Family services assists the medical and nursing staff in acquiring a social history on children admitted and in securing financial assistance for families with special needs.

The Central Activity Mall with its "play pit", water fall and outdoor play area, serves three distinct functions:

  1. Dining - where patients and their families enjoy lunch and dinner together.
  2. Recreation/Child Life - where two "child-life" specialists provide individualized recreation programs. These programs help promote normal growth and development in children. Patients spend most of their active time in the mall area.
  3. Teaching - where patients continue with public school instruction.

The Tampa Hospital also has a pre-operative holding room designed and decorated to relax the children and prepare them psychologically for surgery. Two operating rooms are equipped to provide quality patient care to those needing surgery. Operations may be viewed on monitors in the hospital auditorium for educational purposes by the medical staff. The auditorium, equipped with a large screen and projection area, is the largest room used for continuing education of hospital staff.

Physical and occupational therapists help patients through rehabilitation after surgery. Physical therapists exercise and strengthen limbs and occupational therapists help patients deal with functions of daily life such as dressing, grooming and eating. The rehabilitation department contains a gymnasium, various treatment areas, and a hydro-therapy room.

Prosthetic/orthotics provides a specialized service in making custom-designed braces and artificial limbs.

Volunteerism at the facility affords many opportunities for individuals in the community to become actively involved in helping children. Found in all areas of the hospital, volunteers are matched with a department that coincides with their particular skills and interests.

Other support services vital to the efficient operation of the hospital include: dietary services, media resources, housekeeping, engineering, materials management, pharmacy, personnel, professional library, medical records, linen services, central supply, radiology and public relations.

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12502 North Pine Drive (Map)
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 972-2250

Last Update: March 01, 2014


There are 19 orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals for Children and four Shriners Burns Institutes throughout North America, all dedicated to providing expert, specialized medical care to children under 18, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.


If you know of a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help, please call one of our toll-free patient referral lines between 8:00.a.m. and 5:00.p.m. Eastern Time.

In the United States:
(800) 237-5055.
In Florida:
(888) 665-KIDS
In Canada:
(800) 361-7256
In Sarasota:
(941) 366-4449, Ext. 317
Ken Clark, Sahib Shriner's Hospital Chairman
Email: vandrivers@outlook.com