Papers from the 2017 JMS Burn SymposiumFifty Years of Burn Care at Shriners Hospitals for Children, GalvestonČapek, Karel D. MD*; Culnan, Derek M. MD†; Desai, Manubhai H. MD*; Herndon, David N. MD, MCCM, FACS, FRCS*Author Information From the *Shriners Hospitals for Children-University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; and †JMS Burn & Reconstructive Center at Merit Health Central Hospital, Jackson, MS. Received September 9, 2017, and accepted for publication, after revision January 5, 2018. Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared. The study was supported by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (Grants: 90DPBU0003-01-00), the National Institutes of Health (Grants: P50GM060338, R01GM056687, T32GM08256), and Shriners Hospitals for Children (Grants: 71000 and 84080). The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Shriners International®, or any other organization. Reprints: Karel D. Čapek, MD, Shriners Hospitals for Children-University of Texas Medical Branch, 815 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Annals of Plastic Surgery: March 2018 - Volume 80 - Issue 3 - p S90-S94 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001376 Buy Metrics Abstract More than 50 years ago, Shriners Hospitals for Children expanded their philanthropy to include care for burned children. In so doing, the effects of their work weightily expanded from rehabilitation and quality of life outcomes to include survival proper. As the first facility dedicated to the care of burned children, originally designated the Shriners Burn Institute, the Galveston hospital remains the cornerstone of this endeavor. Shriners maintains charitable pediatric hospitals, provide care irrespective of the patient's or the family's ability to pay, and promote research. The sole criterion for admission at Shriners Hospitals for Children is the determination by a surgeon at a Shriners hospital that “the child's trouble may be corrected or improved.” This philanthropic effort to provide medical care for children is one expression of the human commonality recognized by Shriners. In this article, we provide some background information on how this hospital came into existence as well as a global summary of its interventions toward greater survival and more complete rehabilitation of burned children. Based on the findings presented herein, we assert that there is less suffering and less loss of life due to childhood burns today than in previous years. We attribute much of this improvement to the simple voluntary collective decision by Shriners to provide alms for burned children. Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.