2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Visit

by Shriners on December 15, 2014

Shrine BowlFor 77 years outstanding players from North and South Carolina public schools have participated in the Shrine Bowl. The week before each game, players visit #SHCGreenville to meet patients and see firsthand how their participation will help… the hospital continue to provide excellent orthopaedic care regardless of the families’ ability to pay. During the tours, players see areas of the hospital not normally open to the public, such as the hospital’s surgical suites, motion analysis lab, and prosthetics and orthotics department.
The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was first played in 1937, and is the longest running high school all star game in the country.


Baclofen Pumps Change Patient’s Lives

by Shriners on December 11, 2014

As a direct result of the Tone Clinic, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville began Baclofen pump trials. Baclofen is a medication that when injected intrathecally, causes a decrease in muscle tone. The Tone Management Clinic team wanted to see if Baclofen could benefit patients seen in the clinic with severe spasticity. “We wanted to see if the Baclofen would reduce enough of the patient’s tone that it would not only increase their quality of life, but also decrease the burden of care on the parents,” says Lisa Wagner, MHS, OTR/L.

During the trial, pediatric neurologist E. Christopher Troupe, M.D., inserts a tiny catheter into the patient’s spinal column and injects a dosage of Baclofen. After the Baclofen takes effect, physical therapists and occupational therapists assess how much tone was affected by the medicine, talk with the patient and family, see how they feel about the difference, and then recommend whether or not they think a permanent pump would be an effective method of treatment.

FaithTwelve-year-old Faith Downs was one of the first patient’s treated with a Baclofen trial at the Greenville Shriners Hospitals’ Tone Management Clinic. Faith’s mother, Bessie, said before the Baclofen pump trial her daughter’s muscles were extremely tight which made eating and picking up items challenging and painful. Bessie said as soon as the Baclofen was administered, she could immediately see Faith’s muscles relaxing. With the trial a success, Faith went on to have the permanent pump placed. Bessie said, “After the treatment, Faith’s ability to grasp, reach and pick up items greatly increased and she was able to become more independent. I honestly don’t know how she would function without it. I don’t know what we would have done without the care we received at Shriners Hospitals for Children —Greenville. There has never been a moment I was dissatisfied with the care and we are blessed to have been a part of their Tone Management Clinic.”




According to the US Fire Administration*, holiday cooking is the leading cause of residential building fires in the month of December, accounting for 41% of fires overall. Heating fires follow at 28% and open flame fires at 9%. With more cooking, decorations and open flames, the risk of house fires and pediatric burns increases drastically during winter months.

According to Dr. David Herndon, M.D., Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston, there are three types of pediatric burns that are common during the holidays – scalds from steam or hot liquids, contact with heat or flames and electrical burns.

Shriners Hospitals for Children recommends a few simple fire safety tips to ensure that you and your loved ones have a fire-safe holiday season.

Holiday Decorations

  • Keep trees away from heaters and flames.
  • Water trees regularly. Discard when dry.
  • Discard lights with bare wires, frays or kinks.
  • Never use indoor lights outside.

Holiday Cooking

  • Keep an eye on what you fry.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot reach them.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up when cooking.
  • Keep a lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

Candle Care

  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Place candles in stable holders away from children, pets and flammable objects.

Be Prepared

  • Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • Have a fire escape plan for your home and practice it regularly.

As the experts in pediatric burn treatment, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative burn care to children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Since entering the burn care field in the 1960s, Shriners Hospitals has seen the survival rate double for children with burns over more than 50% of their body surface. Today, patients with burns over 90% of their body can survive and go on to lead full, productive lives.

Visit BeBurnAware.org for more safety tips, informative videos and educational materials.

* U.S. Fire Administration, Tropical Fire Research Studies, Volume 6, Issue 4


Happy Thanksgiving

by Shriners on November 25, 2014

Some ‪#‎SHCGreenville‬ patients wanted to share what they’re thankful for and draw you a Thanksgiving picture.


Meet Laila

by Shriners on November 14, 2014

LailaGiving your mom or dad a hug comes naturally for most children. But kids with Brachial Plexus Palsy can wrap only one arm around their parent, leaving the other arm stuck between them. Brachial Plexus Palsy is a condition affecting the movement and sensation of the arm and hand. Most children with this condition cannot extend their arm out to the side or reach up.

Brachial Plexus Palsy occurs if a newborn’s nerves are stretched, compressed or torn during the birthing process. That’s exactly what happened to Laila. Laila began coming to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville at just three months old. Her mother explains, “When Laila was born, the doctors told us she would have Brachial Plexus Palsy. Laila was completely unable to move her left arm.” At six months old, doctors injected Botox into Laila’s shoulder. With the treatment, she was able to move her arm to shoulder level. A significant improvement, but Laila still could not wrap both arms around her mother.

At almost two years old, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Zlotolow performed a tendon transfer on Laila’s shoulder. Following several weeks in a cast that kept her arm bent at a 90 degree angle and pointing straight up, Laila was able to begin occupational therapy and transition into a splint. During one of her occupational therapy sessions at the Greenville Shriners Hospital, Laila’s mom exclaims, “She’s only been out of a cast for two days, and I can’t believe how much more range of motion she has in her shoulder.” Now, with almost a full range of motion, Laila will be able to dress herself and fix her hair. But what her mom is excited for most, the first time Laila wraps her arms around her mother in a hug.

Brachial plexus palsy can be diagnosed through a physical examination. Treatments offered by Shriners Hospitals for Children vary and depend upon the severity of the condition and degree of nerve damage.

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MALThe clinical mission of  the Greenville Shriners Hospital’s Motion Analysis Laboratory is to carefully observe and measure the way our patients move, to understand how and why they move differently from children without movement problems, to recommend treatments, and to evaluate how well those treatments improve their function.

In the movement analysis laboratory, specialized cameras measure the movement of highly reflective balls placed on the patient’s feet, legs, arms, and torso.  Other sensors on their skin tell which muscles are pulling.  Force plates in the walkway measure how the ground is pushing on the patient.  A pressure platform might also be used to tell how the ground force is spread over the bottom of the patient’s foot.  All of these walking data are combined with information gathered during a detailed interview with the family and in a careful physical examination of the patient.  An experienced, multidisciplinary team comprised typically of physicians, engineers, physical therapists and kinesiologists meets to review this information and to recommend treatments, including bracing (orthoses), physical therapy, medications, or surgery.

The teaching and research missions of the laboratory complements this clinical goal.  This environment offers an excellent opportunity for physicians and other clinicians to explore relationships between observed movement problems and their underlying causes.  The data collected in the laboratory also provides the basis for objective clinical research that ultimately finds its way into the medical research literature.

Roy Davis, Ph.D., Director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville says the motion labs are an integral part of the care provided at the hospitals, “Shriners Hospitals for Children is an internationally recognized leader in clinical movement analysis.”  Dr. Davis says, “Together, the 13 Movement Analysis Laboratories of Shriners Hospitals for Children represent the largest network of clinical movement analysis laboratories in the world.”

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Greenville Shriners Hospital Motion Lab:

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2014 Guardian of Excellence Award Winner

by Shriners on November 5, 2014

2014-guardian-emblem---hi-resShriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is proud to announce for the 2nd year in a row, it has received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award(SM) for our excellence in In-patient satisfaction.

The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile of performance in Patient Satisfaction and is a health care industry symbol of achievement. Fewer than 5% of all Press Ganey clients reach this threshold and consistently maintain it for the one year reporting period.

According to Greenville Shriners Hospital Administrator Randy Romberger, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience. 2014-guardianaward

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Hero Next Door

by Shriners on November 5, 2014

Irene Moore“I’m doing my part to help the children by putting a smile on their faces. It makes me feel good to be part of such a special place.” That’s the driving force for 84 year-old Irene Moore, which has motivated her to volunteer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville for the past 44 years. Irene has volunteered in a variety of positions within the hospital including comforting children in the cast room, escorting families and children to the outpatient clinic, and most recently greeting families at the front desk.

Staff at the Greenville Shriners Hospital lovingly call Irene “Frisky” because of her positive outlook and determined spirit. You can find Irene up at 5:00 AM to get the morning started off right with a 5-mile bike ride. Another one of her past times is meeting her need for speed on a jet ski at her lake house which she rides alone frequently during the summer months.

Irene, a retired receptionist and member of Daughters of the Nile, a supporting organization of the Shriners Hospitals, says by volunteering she’s fulfilling not only her dream but also the wishes of her husband, longtime Shriner of Hejaz temple who passed away a few years ago.

Having dedicated literally thousands of hours of time to serving as a volunteer throughout the past 44 years, Irene Moore was recently nominated for the Heroes Next Door award. She was chosen as a recipient and will be honored at a ceremony. The award is presented by Greenville Forward, an organization that’s part of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

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Meet Adolfo

by Shriners on November 3, 2014

Adolfo2“My feet looked a little bit like balls. They were curved under and I had to balance on the sides of my feet to walk,” describes Adolfo Julian. The fifteen year old is now overcome with joy as he looks at his perfectly shaped feet. Julian exclaims, “It’s hard to believe! It makes me so happy. Doctors at the Greenville Shriners Hospital did everything they could to fix my feet. Now I can play soccer.”

In extreme pain with limited ability to walk, when Adolfo first came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, he was expecting the doctors to tell him that both of his feet would need to be amputated. Adolfo says, “I was surprised when Dr. Mendelow came in and said he thought he could fix them.” After serial stretch casting for several weeks to help get the feet in a better position, Adolfo had surgery on his right foot. Greenville Shriners Hospital pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Michael Mendelow, M.D., reconstructed Adolfo’s foot by realigning bones to reshape the foot and multiple tendon transfers to rebalance the muscles.

Soon after the right foot healed, the left foot received the same treatment. Just six months after his second surgery, Adolfo says, “Dr. Mendelow is an amazing doctor and surgeon. He did everything he could to fix my feet and he got them straight! Now I can run and do whatever I want. My feet support me and don’t hurt. That’s all I ever wanted.”

Adolfo before treatment:

Adolfo after treatment:

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Happy Halloween!

by Shriners on October 30, 2014