Greenville. We are one of 22 hospitals in an international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Since 1927, we have been caring for children with a wide range of orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions. Our multidisciplinary approach to care allows us to treat the whole child, which enables us to customize your child’s treatment plan to best meet their medical needs.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville prides itself on presenting a fun and comfortable atmosphere for all of our visitors.
Walking through the front doors, you are immediately greeted by life-size animal sculptures and a flowing waterfall. This colorful, kid-friendly environment is designed to put patients and their families at ease.
Our 50-bed pediatric orthopaedic facility includes:
- Two operating rooms
- 15 outpatient exam rooms
- An in-house prosthetics and orthotics department
- A motion analysis center
- Physical, occupational and recreational therapy departments
- A KidZone complete with pool tables, video games and air hockey tables
- A handicap accessible playground
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is proud to provide quality care for children in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama and surrounding areas.
In 1922, the Shrine of North America opened its first Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Shreveport, Louisiana, with the mission to provide expert orthopaedic care to children under 18, free of charge.
By 1927, Shriners Hospitals for Children had 14 locations operating across the United States; however, Shriners International had not planned for one of the locations – Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville.
The Shriners’ Imperial Board of Trustees did not arrange for a hospital in South Carolina. Shriners Hospitals locations were selected so that each section of the country would be served and Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, was already treating children from several adjacent states. A Shriner from Atlanta, Forest Adair, did however, notice that a large number of applications for admissions to the Scottish Rite Hospital were for children in South Carolina. Because of this, Adair believed a similar hospital could thrive in the Palmetto State as well.
To spark interest for the project, Adair gave several presentations to Hejaz Shrine Temple (chapter) in Greenville, South Carolina. Adair was able to win over local businessmen and involved members of Burgiss Charities. W. W. Burgiss, J. B. Duke and B.E. Geer pledged $350,000 to build and equip the hospital in Greenville.
Burgiss Charities was short $35,000, so Hejaz Temple loaned the rest to help complete the project.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville opened its doors on September 1, 1927, on Pleasantburg Drive. The original hospital saw many renovations over the years, but in the late 1980s it became apparent that the facility could no longer hold the growth it was experiencing. So, in 1989, the Greenville Shriners Hospital moved near the medical campus of Greenville Memorial Hospital on West Faris Road.
Today, our state-of-the-art hospital remains open and dedicated to its three-fold mission of treatment, education and research.