At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, care extends far beyond the hospital walls. During your visit to the Greenville Shriners Hospital you may see therapy dogs, musicians, magicians, area sports teams, clowns, picnics or holiday-themed parties. Activities are provided free-of-charge to patients and families.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville and Hurricane Martial Arts has teamed up to bring karate for all abilities to the hospital. Patients will work with hospital volunteer and karate instructor Sensei Kevin Ballenger, along with a hospital physical therapist to develop strength, coordination and flexibility, along with learning karate skills such as focus, respect and self-control.
Being in the hospital can be a stressful event for a child and their family. Child life is a program that supports the child’s emotional development and social needs while in the hospital. Certified child life specialists plan weekly activities and special events to help reduce the stress of a hospital stay. The activity rooms are relaxing, safe environments to explore and socialize with other children and their families.
Before patients are even admitted to the hospital, child life therapists sit down and talk with each child and family. They explain what the child may see, hear, smell or feel during their surgery and recovery.
Child life activities include:
At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, we know that sometimes it’s the small things that can make a big difference in helping a child heal. That’s why our care extends beyond the patient to involve the family as well. We call it family-centered care and it permeates all we do. Our unique patient experience addresses not just the child’s medical needs, but the child's and family’s emotional needs as well. That is where Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s Bear Club comes in.
The Bear Club is a positive program that helps alleviate some of a child’s apprehension surrounding a hospital stay and helps patients focus on something other than their surgery. After all, alleviating stress is an important part of the healing process. Child life therapist Elaine Hardin says, “When I greet families who are coming in for surgery, both the parents and child are very anxious and nervous, but after the patient gets to pick out their Build-A-Bear™ they have a smile on their face. You can see them relax.”
The Bear Club’s premise is simple: Every patient who comes into our hospital for surgery is welcomed with a brand new Build-A-Bear™, outfit of choice and an authentic Build-A-Bear™ birth certificate. After their initial surgery, if the child requires additional surgical procedures, they can choose a new outfit to go with their bear.
Like all treatment provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, from clinic appointments to prosthetics and orthotics to surgery, the Bear Club is for all surgical patients, regardless of the families' ability to pay. The Bear Club is a wonderful way to send every child the message that Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is where they are not only cared for, but loved as well. At the Greenville Shriners Hospital, it’s one more way we send our “Love to the rescue.”
Family rooms are essentially hotel rooms at the hospital that provide an economical housing solution for patient families, while allowing them to keep close access to their children. The six family rooms are a place of respite and received a “facelift” in 2015. The renovated rooms each have a handicap accessible bathroom and game system. Family rooms are available on a first come – first served basis. Please contact 864-255-7846 to reserve a room or for more information.
Since 1941, the auxiliary of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville has been an integral part of its volunteer program. In fact, to become a member of the auxiliary you must be a full-time hospital volunteer.
The auxiliary stocks and staffs the only gift shop, the Sunshine Shop, inside the hospital. All monies made from the sale of store items goes towards a scholarship fund for patients and former patients wishing to further their education.
Auxiliary member volunteers help staff in all areas of the hospital, including the surgical waiting room, clinic, radiology, family library, front desk, hospital tour guides and special events. Volunteering and fundraising are the top priorities of the Greenville Auxiliary.
To date, nearly 1,000 children have received a scholarship ($1,500 each) to college from the Auxiliary.
Apply for the auxiliary scholarship today.