Why donate to Shodair?

For 120 years, Shodair Children’s Hospital has served as a beacon in the night for struggling families.

• We are here to help children and heal families.

• We are here to facilitate medical testing to help find genetic answers.

• We are here to offer patient treatments, house their families, and offer support regardless of ability to pay.

Meet Montana’s 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champion

Shodair Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that five-year-old, Zeesy Bruk, has been named Montana’s 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child. Throughout this year, Zeesy and her family will serve as local, state, and national spokespeople, advocating for the charitable need at children’s hospitals across America.


Proud to be Montana’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital!

Shodair’s 120-year history

Shodair began as a home for orphaned and abandoned children in 1896 in response to a huge number of children living on the streets in Helena. Children would be placed on “orphan trains” typically on the east coast or in the south,  and sent to the west. Making stops along the way, children were adopted and not always in good environments.  If they were not adopted at one of the stops along the way, they would end up in Helena, the last stop. Montana Children’s Home and Hospital was developed to care for these children, and later renamed Shodair Children’s Hospital after benefactor Louis Shodair. The Receiving Home of the Montana Children’s Home Society, still stands at 840 Helena Ave., next to the old Shodair Children’s Hospital


May is for Miracles!

May is for Miracles at Costco Wholesale Warehouses nationwide. Throughout the month of May, Costco members can show their support for Shodair Children’s Hospital by donating $1 or more at checkout. Costco Wholesale is Shodair Children’s Hospital’s biggest CMN contributor, so be sure to visit your local Costco and show your support!

Genetics Symposium

The third annual Pallister-Opitz Genetics Symposium at Shodair Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Aug. 19 - 20. This year’s focus is on epigenetics of early brain development & Growth.

About Shodair

Shodair began as a home for orphaned and abandoned children in 1896. As Shodair evolved to meet the needs of Montana's children, it became the first facility in the state to treat children with polio, the first facility with a department of medical genetics, and the first with a chemical dependency unit dedicated to adolescents.

For 120 years, Shodair has stayed in step with the ever-changing needs of Montana's children. Shodair's medical specialists develop programs that meet our mission of providing for the care and treatment of children suffering from illness, diseases, and other physical, mental, and emotional conditions that impair their health and well-being.

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Shodair Children’s Hospital is proud to offer premier psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents, and comprehensive genetic services for people of all ages. If you have questions about how we can help a member of your family, please contact us. Additionally, we value your comments regarding this website. Send us your feedback by filling out the form below. We want to hear from you!

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Donate to Shodair

Your donations are vital in assisting us in caring for children who suffer from debilitating physical and mental diseases.

Learn more about Children Miracle Network Hospitals. 

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The Genetics Department provides genetic evaluation and counseling to persons of all ages throughout Montana.

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Shodair Children’s Hospital is the only facility in Montana offering both acute and residential care.

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