In 1921, a group of Texas Masons recognized a growing need to provide superior medical care regardless of a family's ability to pay. They approached Dr. W. B. Carrell, Dallas' first orthopedic surgeon, about providing care for children with polio who would otherwise not receive treatment. Together they established Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas.
With the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines in the mid-1950s, which virtually eradicated polio in the Western Hemisphere, the hospital began focusing its attention on orthopedic conditions. Today, TSRHC is one of the nation's leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.
The Scottish Rite Masons are affiliated with Freemasonry, a worldwide fraternal organization whose members share a common desire to better themselves as citizens and members of society. In the U.S., the Scottish Rite is one of the most popular ways for Master Masons to find great involvement in their fraternity. Others include the York Rite and Shriners.
TSRHC is governed by a board of trustees who are all Scottish Rite Masons. The hospital epitomizes the spirit and principles of Freemasonry, expressing the Masons' love for their fellow man, compassion for the sick and quest to find that which is the most worthwhile. Through our hospital, Masons fulfill their commitment to aid, support and protect the human family. Financial support from the Scottish Rite or broader Masonic groups is on an individual, voluntary basis. The hospital is not affiliated with the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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