Shriners Hospitals for Children Paper Crusade Plaque Program
The Paper Crusade Plaque Program is a year round program with a two-fold purpose:
In 1998, Bahia started the Plaque Program which is an integral part of our annual Paper Crusade.
The plaques are sold throughout the year to members, their friends, and businesses for a donation of $100 or more. The plaques are engraved with the donors name, and there are ten update bars to denote the donors subsequent additional donations.
Nobles who make or obtain Plaque donations received credit for their Unit/Club or BSC for our Annual Paper Crusade competition between the various Uniformed Units, Social Clubs and Bahia Shrine Clubs.
Tampa Shriners Childrens Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of pediatric specialty hospitals, founded by the Shrine, where children under the age of 18 receive excellent medical care absolutely free of charge. There are 18 orthopedic Shriners Hospitals, three Shriners Hospitals dedicated to treating children with severe burns, and one Shriners Hospital that provides orthopedic, burn and spinal cord injury care. Shriners Hospitals are located throughout North America, 20 in the United States and one each in Mexico and Canada.
These "Centers of Excellence" serve as major referral centers for children with complex orthopedic and burn problems.
There is never a charge to the patient, parent or any third party for any service or medical treatment received at Shriners Hospitals. Shriners Hospitals accept and treat children without regard to race, religion or relationship to a Shriner. Any child may be eligible for treatment at a Shriners Hospital if the child is under 18 and if, in the opinion of the hospital's chief of staff, the child has an orthopedic or burn condition that Shriners Hospitals can help.
All of the orthopedic hospitals are equipped and staffed to treat children with congenital orthopedic deformities, problems resulting from orthopedic injuries, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Three of the orthopedic hospitals (in Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento) also have special programs dedicated to caring for children with spinal cord injuries.
The Shriners Hospitals in Boston, Cincinnati, Galveston, and Sacramento treat children with acute, fresh burns; children needing plastic or restorative "healed" burns; children resulting in contractures with mobility of the limbs; and children with scarring deformity of the face.