The patient is the most important person at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia and is always at the center of everything we do. From morning bedside rounds with all disciplines represented, to hands-on care, weekly planning meetings and follow-up calls, our care team works collaboratively, professionally and passionately together to care for the children entrusted to our care.
Our nurses, therapists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitian, educator, nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, support staff and students enjoy a rich and highly desirable practice environment. Care is continuously improved through staff education, the relationships that staff have with the patient and family, collaboration within the interdisciplinary team, staff participation in care related committees, research findings and evaluation of care through performance improvement activities. Our patient care service leaders are hands-on, visible and exceptional leaders supporting their staff to provide the very best possible care.
The Philadelphia Shriners Hospital practices family-centered care that embraces the whole family. Parents and caregivers are brought into the care team from the beginning and have resources available ranging from social and psychological services to support groups and patient care education. We strive to support families in their natural caregiving roles by building upon their unique strengths, recognizing their individuality and respecting their different methods of coping. The collaboration and expertise of the staff with patients and families enables the team to devise a treatment plan that will provide optimal healing and recovery. Outcomes are maximized as patients receive most, if not all, services right here at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital.
The high complexity of spinal deformity surgery requires the utilization of a special field called intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM). IONM is one of the safety measures that are utilized during surgery that monitors the individual’s nervous system.
In the motion analysis center at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, our patients’ motion patterns are carefully measured with specialized protocols and technologies. The quantitative data provides an objective basis for clinical decision-making and treatment planning.
Nursing at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia is committed to excellence in every interaction with each patient and family. Throughout the last 90 years, high-quality nursing care has contributed to the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital's reputation as a leader in orthopaedics and spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation. When caring for patients in the inpatient, outpatient or perioperative setting, safe, compassionate family-centered care is our top priority. Low nurse-to-patient ratios allow for nursing care that meets the individualized medical and emotional needs of each patient and family.
In Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Philadelphia, all patients are given appropriate orthotic (braces) and prosthetic (artificial limbs) devices including scoliosis bracing. Our goal is to maximize function for each patient according to their needs, whether that is feeding, walking or running, sitting and much more. Most of the prosthetics and orthotics are made right inside the hospital. Our entire staff of American board certified prosthetists and orthotists custom fits or makes each device to the child’s needs.
Our on-staff, part-time, licensed, psychologist provides specialty services for children who have orthopaedic issues that are complicated by signs and symptoms of developmental, emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
Radiology provides a window into the body for the physician to assess pathology, extent of deformity or injury, and physical changes over time. It is a key component of patient care for diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical correction. The radiology department has a child-friendly environment and the technologists are skilled in making pediatric patients comfortable. We strive to keep radiation doses as low as possible during X-rays by utilizing the latest equipment. Our board certified pediatric radiologists, who specialize in many conditions specific to children, interpret our images.