The patients and their families are the most important people at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis, and therefore are at the center of everything we do. Throughout our 90-plus years of providing exceptional specialty pediatric care, the foundation of our success has been our multidisciplinary team effort and partnership with the child and parent/guardian. From bedside rounds with all disciplines represented to weekly planning meetings and follow-up calls, our care team works collaboratively to care for the children entrusted to us. Our nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, educators, clinical specialists, physicians, students and all of the other members of the St. Louis Shriners Hospital team enjoy a rich and highly desirable practice environment. Our care is continuously improved through staff education, listening to patients and their family, collaboration within the interdisciplinary team, staff participation in care-related committees, research findings, and the evaluation of care through performance improvement activities. Our patient care services leaders are hands-on, visible and exceptional at supporting their staff to provide the very best possible care.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis 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 emotional services, to support groups, to patient care education. We strive to support families in their natural, care-giving roles by building upon their unique strengths as individuals and as families, 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 for the patient. Patient outcomes are maximized as patients receive most, if not all, services right here at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital.
Nurse care managers and social workers serve as the main contacts for patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis. Care managers assist with any questions related to appointments, future admissions or general needs patients may have. The care managers will assist with planning for surgery, discharge and complex medical needs. The care management staff will arrange referrals to community or healthcare agencies in the patient’s home town. They assist in care planning, coordinate discharge and related needs, and provide support for transition back to the patient’s home, school and community. Our social workers provide ongoing emotional support throughout the treatment plan and they work with our families to assist in accessing resources.
The nursing staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis is committed to excellence in every interaction with each patient and family. Throughout the last 90-plus years, high-quality nursing care has contributed to the St. Louis Shriners Hospital’s reputation as a leader in pediatric orthopaedic care. When caring for patients in the inpatient, outpatient or perioperative setting, safe, compassionate family-centered care is our top priority. Caring for patients from infancy through early adulthood, the vital role of the family in our patient’s lives is recognized and highly valued in the plan of care.
Our nurses love what they do and strive to continually uphold the high standards that have defined our care. Ongoing quality improvement initiatives and continuing education opportunities for nursing staff aim to ensure practice that is evidence-based and current. In addition to providing expert care at the bedside, St. Louis Shriners Hospital nurses share their knowledge by participating in research and prevention. Nursing at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis is focused on continuously maintaining the mission to provide the highest quality care to patients within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative environment.
Nurses and staff members in the inpatient care unit provide comprehensive acute care to patients. The staff provides patient/family-centered care to patients 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. Services include various orthopaedic clinics, scheduled and walk-in fracture clinic, and specialized plastic surgery clinic. 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.
Occupational therapy helps children prepare for the transition away from the hospital and back to home or school by addressing everyday skills. Occupational therapy concentrates on modifying the environment and providing specialized equipment to promote greater independence. Our therapists assess cognitive skills and upper body control for feeding, dressing, hygiene and school skills. We provide custom upper extremity splints following surgery, as well as custom home programs tailored to each child’s needs.
Physical therapy is an important component of care following multiple lower extremity surgeries or to address gross motor delays. Physical therapy helps children improve their level of function so that each child can optimize their independence. Each patient’s program is tailored to his or her individual needs and developmental abilities. Family involvement is crucial and highly encouraged. Physical therapy services may include instruction of appropriate exercises to increase strength, mobility, walking quality, adaptive activities and training to use assistive devices including braces and prostheses. Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis also assists the families with attaining appropriate wheelchairs to meet each individual's needs.
Our child life department is staffed by certified therapeutic recreation specialists who provide services to both patients and their families to reduce the stress associated with staying in the hospital. Our specialists teach patients coping skills through offering opportunities to play, learn and interact with others in a safe environment. Play experiences help children express fears and misconceptions of hospitalization and medical procedures. Prior to upcoming procedures/hospital visits, our specialists meet on an individual basis with patients and their families to provide medical play and teaching opportunities. Medical play can help children feel informed and give the child a sense of control while becoming familiar with hospital equipment. Other services include procedural support, pain management techniques, distraction activities and sibling support.
If you have questions about your child’s behavior or adjustment before or after a hospital or medical experience, please e-mail Laura Teague or Jen Clark in our child life department. They can also be reached by phone at 314-872-8342, ext. 1155.
Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) located at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis, offers a full range of orthotic and prosthetic services, including upper and lower extremity prosthetic care, scoliosis bracing and a wide spectrum of pediatric orthotic services. We are truly the pediatric specialist in orthotic and prosthetic care.
We specialize in helping children achieve their dreams and reach their highest potential. This may mean a prosthetic device specialized for sports such as baseball, hockey and archery or for a musician needing to hold a violin bow or guitar pick.
Custom orthotic and prosthetic devices are fabricated specifically for fit and function for each child. Our practitioners and technicians are highly skilled to work specifically with the pediatric population. At POPS we utilize a team approach between the practitioners, physicians and therapy departments to provide the maximum outcomes for our patients.
At POPS, we utilize the latest technology in the fabrication of our devices to achieve the best in fit and outcome. This technology includes 3D scanning systems which deliver information about the child’s residual limb to our partners at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland, where our patient’s devices are manufactured.
During your visit, your physician may request that photographs be taken of your child’s condition. This visual record will assist your physician in evaluating your child before and after treatment, and is often very helpful in documenting subtle changes that may occur with growth. For photographic clarity, your child may be photographed wearing minimal clothing. This is necessary so that the doctors can see as much of the body as possible.
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 for diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical correction as part of the patient care team. 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 tailoring technical factors to the appropriate age and size of our patients. Our images are interpreted by our board certified pediatric radiologists who specialize in many conditions specific to children.