Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville focuses on care that treats the whole child – emotionally, physically and socially. We offer a wide range of services from physical therapy to pain management to orthotics and prosthetics, as well as social, educational and transitional services.
Staying on the cutting-edge of quality medical care, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville employs the use of the EOS 3D imaging system. This X-ray system gives orthopaedic surgeons an unprecedented three-dimensional view of their patients’ bone structure while significantly reducing the child’s exposure to radiation.
EOS imaging system features and benefits:
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is honored to be the first hospital in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama to bring orthopaedic patients this new technology. Funded entirely by donations, the EOS imaging center represents the single largest fundraising effort for medical equipment ever undertaken at the Greenville Shriners Hospital.
The Greenville Shriners Hospital offers specialty clinics in the following areas:
Learn more about our specialty clinics.
In the motion analysis center at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, our patients’ movement patterns are carefully measured with specialized protocols and technologies. This quantitative data provides an objective basis for clinical decision making and treatment planning by our experienced, multidisciplinary team comprised of orthopaedic surgeons, bioengineers, physical therapists and kinesiologists. Learn more about the motion analysis center.
The rehabilitation department at the Greenville Shriners Hospital is composed of physical therapists and occupational therapists who work together with a common goal – to help children and families reach their full potential. Patients of varying diagnoses, from knee injuries to arthrogryposis, and ranging across all functional abilities, receive a variety of treatments geared towards improving each child’s functional level, independence and recovery from injury and/or surgery.
Occupational and physical therapy treatments include:
A wide range of equipment is employed to help families/patients reach their full potential. Equipment used includes:
The Shriners Hospitals upper extremity evaluation tool (SHUEE), developed using years of research by orthopaedic surgeons and occupational therapists at the Greenville Shriners Hospital, is used to assess upper-extremity-functioning children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Videoing the assessment allows a team to review each patient’s evaluation to determine which intervention (orthotic, Botulinum toxin A injections, tendon transfer or wrist arthrodesis) is most appropriate. SHUEE is now used in more than 20 countries worldwide and has been translated into French, Portuguese and Spanish. This is just another example of how Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and occupational therapists work hard every day to help our patients defy the odds.
Pain management at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville strives to manage, reduce or eliminate any pain that your child may be experiencing as a result of burns, injury or following surgery or other procedures. Your medical team will develop a specific plan for your child and will explain it fully before administering any medications or anesthesia.
Our pain level assessment method makes it simple for your child to communicate and is based on the FACES Pain Rating Scale. This scale reveals six faces ranging from a full smile – indicating no hurt, to a full frown with tears – meaning extreme pain. Our pain management team works with your child to fully understand their specific pain and prescribe treatments that will make them feel better. Additionally, the team works to:
Depending on your child’s age, medical condition and the cause of the pain, we may use one or several methods to make him or her more comfortable. These include:
Located inside the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS), LLC specializes in the fabrication of custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics in a child-friendly environment. Learn more about POPS.
Real-time videoconferencing, or telemedicine, allows the staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville to serve patients who do not live close to the hospital. The program offers many benefits to our young patients and their families. Along with expanding outreach care and lowering transportation costs, it also reduces a patient’s time away from their family, friends and school.
Telemedicine works just like making a phone call. You can see who you are communicating with using a video camera and large monitor. The patient and their family can see what is happening at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, while staff can view what is happening at the patient’s location. Medical staff operates the equipment at both locations and at the completion of the exam, it is determined whether the patient needs to come into the hospital for further treatment or can continue their recovery at home.
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:
The Greenville 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 support groups and patient care education. We strive to support families in their natural caregiving roles by building upon their unique strengths as individuals and as families, recognizing their individuality and respecting their different methods of coping. Patient outcomes are maximized as patients receive most, if not all, services right here at the Greenville Shriners Hospital.
Social worker/registered nurse care managers serve as the main contacts for patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, providing care to patients and their families prior to and throughout hospitalization, as well as post-discharge. Care managers assist with any questions related to appointments, future admissions or general needs patients may have. Care managers play an integral part in the discharge planning process. They collaborate with other clinical disciplines to ensure that there are appropriate linkages within the community to provide care to patients and families, and support for the transition back to home, school and the community. Care managers provide ongoing emotional support throughout the treatment plan, as well as work with our families to assist in accessing resources.
It is the mission of the nurses at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville to demonstrate excellence by applying knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care. The nursing team embraces their responsibility to preserve integrity and provide a safe and respectful environment while maintaining competency and promoting professional growth.
Nurses are committed to excellence in every interaction with the patient and family. 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 pediatric nursing care that meets the individualized medical and emotional needs of each patient and family.
Nurses and staff members in the inpatient care unit provide comprehensive acute care to patients. The staff provides patient-/family-centered care before and after surgery. The care encompasses the use of evidence-based practice and its goals remain intuitive towards future developments of care, patient-/family-centered care and professional staff development. Furthermore, it’s where you can truly see where our motto of bringing "Love to the rescue" originated.
The outpatient department serves as the hub of hospital activity with numerous clinics housed within the department. To provide high-quality care, staff from many disciplines work together to care for our patients. Surgeons, nurse practitioners, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics staff, as well as care management and child life, all collaborate with our patients and families to ensure positive outcomes.