Hospital Van

Hospital Van Unit Monthly Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of each month.  The meetings are held in the Mecca Room East at 7:00 pm.
There are no meetings in July due to Shrine Bowl participation and in December so we may partake in the festivities at Midian’s Christmas Party.

The Hospital Van Unit will participate in most Shrine Parades with a Hospital Van normally pulling the hospital float with a Shrine Child aboard along with other Van drivers and Hospital Van Unit members.


Membership – Van Unit members who average 72 years of age are primarily retired men, though a few are still in the work force and volunteer their time in other ways. (Approximately 25 spouses also volunteer their time.) To become drivers, these volunteers and partners needed to make application to the unit, confirm a relationship with Shrine Masonry, supply a valid state driver’s license, and undergo a background check. The unit members:

o  Work at the discretion of the Potentate, or chief executive officer of Midian Shrine;
o  Volunteer their personal time to transport parents and children;
o  Drive the estimated 900-roundtrip miles between Wichita and St. Louis with a partner;
o  Donate approximately 36 hours for each trip;
o  Often drive transport children more than once each month; and,
o  All hospital trips are overnight, some are two nights in St. Louis, so children can keep clinical or therapeutic appointments
    with physicians and hospital staff.


Important Note on Achievement – The Hospital Van Unit reached the two-million-mile mark in October 2003. Members postponed their recognition event to confirm facts, bypass the holiday season and install new officers in January 2004. They attained their first one million miles of child transport in June 1996 after 10 years of chartered service.


Background Facts / Statistics
Charitable Impact – By 2002 annual figures, Midian members served an estimated 400 Kansas children through the orthopedic hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, or Burns Institute in Galveston, Texas. These Shrine Masons supported the Hospital Van Unit, maintained passenger vans and underwrote a charitable program which included child transport to a Shriners facility, clinical and/or hospital visits with medical or health-care professionals, food and lodging at a estimated cost of $178,867.


Hospital Network – For over 80 years, Shriners Hospitals for children have provided some of the best medical care in the world to more than 700,000 children with orthopedic problems, severe burns and spinal cord injuries. Hospitals do plastic surgery for cleft pallet and facial scaring. Founded in 1922, and today supported by the members of the international Shrine fraternity, the network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals is located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The medical care for children up to 18 years of age is absolutely regardless of their ability to pay or relationship to a Shriner.

Shrine Masons across North America, who represents a fraternity of nearly 300,000 members, served an active annual patient roster in 2002 through all hospitals of approximately 188,563 patients and approved 34,767 new treatment applications.



Volunteer Achievement
The estimated 125 members of the Hospital Van Unit at Midian Shrine Center have attained more than Two-Million Miles of Child Transport. These Kansas Shrine Masons are dedicated to driving those parents and children with physician orders to Shriners Hospitals for Children – St Louis for clinical visits, therapy and hospitalization and Galveston, Texas. The orthopedic care is free to children up to 18 years of age.

Members of the Hospital Van Unit work alongside the Hospital Committee, the Flying Fezzes (air-transport) Unit, donors of the charitable
“Plane of Mercy” Transportation Fund, and the Board of Governors of the St. Louis Hospital.



Unit Officers - 2013
  • Ed Miller – Commander
  • Vance Burns – Vice Commander
  • Donald Bush – Secretary