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About us

About us

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie is changing lives every day through comprehensive outpatient orthopaedic specialty care. The outpatient clinic focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including rare diseases and syndromes as well as common, everyday conditions and injuries. These services include physician care through our outpatient clinic; occupational, physical and speech therapies; motion analysis evaluations; child life services; medical nutrition therapy and radiology testing.

The Erie Shriners Medical Center proudly serves patients from portions of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. We care for all patients, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Our medical center specializes in treating children with orthopaedic conditions in an environment designed to put children at ease. Every member of our team, from physicians and therapists to nurses and prosthetists, work together to ensure the best course of treatment for each patient.

Why should you choose Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie?

  • For more than 90 years, we have provided specialized care for children with pediatric orthopaedic conditions. We focus on providing patients with an exceptional depth of expertise in our care specialties, providing comprehensive care for the full gamut of pediatric orthopaedic disorders.
  • We are consistently co-ranked as one of the top pediatric orthopaedic hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, with our partner, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
  • We provide opportunities to meet your child’s social and emotional needs through recreational programs and other activities.
  • We provide an intimate, family centered environment where all services are provided under one roof.
  • Your child will have the opportunity to develop a close relationship with his/her care team.

Our beginning

In 1927, the Zem Zem Shriners in Erie opened the Zem Zem Hospital for Crippled Children, focusing primarily on caring for children with polio. In the years to come, service areas were expanded to include children with all types of orthopaedic conditions. The Erie location officially became a part of the national network of Shriners Hospitals for Children in 1967.