Al Sihah Shriners
Oasis of Macon, Desert of Georgia
Provide the highest quality care tochildren with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
In 1870 two Mason’s gathered at a local Manhattan social establishment on 6th Avenue called Knickerbocker’s to discuss their recent Blue Lodge experiences and to offer insight into many of the world’s problems over a few glasses. The Brother’s felt they needed some spice in their lives and wanted something to break away from the memorization and set ritual found within the Blue Lodge. Thus, began the birth of the Shriner’s. An organization which stressed fun and fellowship but, kept the core principles of Blue Lodge Masonry at its foundation.
Brother’s Walter M. Fleming, M.D. and Billy Florence, a prominent New York City Thespian (Actor), set down and brought from conceptualization to reality the fraternity as it exists today. A Fraternity based upon a Near East themed lifestyle. This was done after attending an Arabian Diplomatic party. Remember, in the late 1800’s the Near East was mysterious and highly in vogue. Dr. Fleming wrote the initial by-laws, rules, and organizational structure while Brother Florence created the first Shriner’s Ritual and Ceremonial. Being a noted actor, Florence felt heavy dramatization, pomp-and circumstance would underscore and instill a stronger bond and connection to the fledgling fraternity infrastructure while being fun and uniting fellowship amongst members. Thus, Shrine Ritual and Ceremony was born.
The early Ritual and Ceremony was based on the storyline that a group of believers embark upon a caravan, across the burning sands of a desert, to eventually come to a beautiful oasis offering relief from the trials and tribulation of their journey. The journey is to portray who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
We’ve treated orthopaedic conditions since the founding of our first hospital in 1922. With a large full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the United States, as well as a comprehensive team of physical, occupational, speech and other therapists, we are able to provide customized care to each child.
We were the first health care system in the country to develop spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers designed specifically for children. Our groundbreaking research has led to innovative treatment techniques, providing care that helps children lead a full, active and healthy life..
Our cleft lip and cleft palate reconstruction program gives kids a reason to smile. Each treatment plan is crafted uniquely for the child by a team of experts working together to improve a child’s eating, breathing, communication, self-esteem and appearance.
Since first treating burn survivors in the 1960s, we’ve pioneered some of the most significant advancements in burn care. We provide advanced care for burn injuries and related scarring, along with physical rehabilitation and emotional support.