NASS raises money for surgical equipment at Shriners Hospital


The North American Spine Society (NASS) is asking for donations for “much needed” surgical equipment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, USA. The society says that the hospital has asked them to help raise US$21,000 toward new surgical equipment, adding that it would like to raise “even more” money than this.

The Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, USA, is a 45-bed paediatric orthopaedic hospital. It combines a child-friendly environment with world-class medical care for children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases.

“We are all familiar with the quality, compassionate care Shriners offers children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay,” said Joseph S Cheng, chair of the NASS Public Affairs Committee. “NASS is asking its members to step up and donate what they can to help the Shreveport Shriners Hospital obtain some critical surgical equipment, such as a high-speed, pneumatic drill.”

This is the second time NASS has given back to the host community of its annual meeting (this year: 912 October, New Orleans, USA). During its 2012 Dallas meeting, NASS members donated more than US$9,000 to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which offers paediatric orthopaedic care. For more information, see the Shriners video or visit the website to donate.