Thank You FBLA!

by Shriners on March 23, 2015

FBLA#SHCGreenville would like to say a big “Thank You” to the South Carolina Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for their generous donation of Build-A-Bears™ to the hospital’s Bear Club. For the seventh year in a row, South Carolina’s FBLA has chosen the hospital as one of the recipients of their annual fundraising efforts. Each year, the SC FBLA has donated at least 250 bears to the hospital.

It is the SC FBLA’s initial donation of bears which began #SHCGreenville’s Bear Club. This Club continues today with every surgical patient being welcomed with a brand new Build-A-Bear™, outfit of choice, and an authentic Build-A-Bear™ birth certificate. If the child requires additional surgeries at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville they can choose a new outfit to go with their bear.

This past weekend, a hospital representative went to the FBLA state conference to accept this year’s donation and to tell the teens how much their donation makes a difference to our patients.

According to the South Carolina FBLA web site, “The Future Business Leaders of America is a national student organization for all students in grades nine through twelve who initially become FBLA members while enrolled in a business or business-related course.” FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world with over 250,000 members.


Don’t Throw Out Your Can Tabs!

by Shriners on March 18, 2015

Can TabsThank you Marie for collecting can tabs for ‪#‎SHCGreenville‬ and for earning your Bronze Award.

Marie says, “At the beginning of the school year, my friend and I began collecting tabs at school and asking people to bring them in. My friend switched schools, but I continued collecting the pop-tops. Recently, one of my troop leaders with Girl Scout troop 30437 informed me that all of this pop-top collecting could actually qualify as a community service project. By doing this, I will be able to earn my Girl Scout bronze award, which is an award for community service. I am so excited to be helping the Greenville Shriners Hospital.”



Weather Delay

by Shriners on February 25, 2015

Greenville Shriners Hospital’s outpatient clinic will open at 12:00PM on Thursday, February 26, due to inclement weather.


Outpatient Clinic Delayed Opening on Tuesday

by Shriners on February 16, 2015

Due to an ice storm forecasted in the Greenville area, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s outpatient clinic will not open until 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 17. Anyone with questions should call 864-271-3444.


Heroes of the Month

by Shriners on February 11, 2015

Heroes of the MonthCongratulations to ‪#‎SHCGreenville‬’s Heroes of the Month: Josiah Espinoza and Taylor Rogers

Four year old Josiah was born without a thumb. He had surgery at #SHCGreenville to reconstruct his hand by taking his pointer finger and making it into a thumb. During Occupational Therapy when Josiah was finally able to pick something up, he exclaimed, “I did it!! Now I get to be the doctor.”

Eight year old Taylor broke his arm while playing football. He had surgery and therapy at a…nother hospital, but never regained his full range of motion. His parents sought a second opinion at #SHCGreenville. They say, “Within 30 seconds of Dr. Z coming in, he explained why Taylor’s arm was so limited in his range of motion.” Taylor was scheduled for surgery the very next day. His parents say, “As soon as Taylor awoke from surgery, he already had 30 degrees more range than he had when he arrived at the hospital that morning.” Taylor returned to the football field this year.

The Hero of the Month award is sponsored by Kids Wish Network. Kids Wish Network provides each Hero with a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart, a Hero of the Month t-shirt, and a Hero of the Month certificate.


EOS patient•  Provides life-size picture of a patient’s full skeleton

•  The only 3D system capable of scanning patients in a weight-bearing standing or sitting position, revealing natural posture and joint orientation

•  100 clinical parameters for pre-and post-op surgical planning

•  Delivers a radiation dose up to nine times less than a conventional radiography X-ray, and up to 20 times less than a computed tomography (CT) scan

•  Especially important for scoliosis patients who can require more than 20 total scans over the course of treatment

“Being able to have this technology is very exciting,” said Pete Stasikelis, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic spine surgeon at the Greenville Shriners Hospital. “Before the EOS system, surgeons had to stitch together multiple, smaller, two-dimensional images to see an entire area. With these 3D images, we will better understand where the problem is and its complexity before we operate, thus bettering our ability to correct the problem.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is honored to be the first hospital in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama to bring pediatric orthopaedic patients this new technology.

Made Possible by the Generosity of our Donors

Funded entirely by donations, the EOS Imaging Center represents the single largest fundraising effort for medical equipment ever undertaken at the Greenville Shriners Hospital.  For over 86 years, philanthropically-minded people have invested their time and treasure to ensure that children with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions receive the best care possible, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thanks to our donors, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is proud to be the first Shriners Hospital in the Southeast and only the seventeenth hospital in the entire United States to offer this technology.


Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS)

by Shriners on January 26, 2015

POPSLocated inside Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Southeast, LLC (POPS-Southeast), fabricates thousands of new orthopaedic devices each year.  From infancy to 18 years of age, the experienced and certified POPS – Southeast staff provides both upper and lower orthotic and prosthetic services, as well as spinal orthotic services, for a wide spectrum of pediatric orthopedic conditions such as congenital and acquired deformities, disease, infection, and trauma. POPS – Southeast specializes in the fabrication of custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics in a kid friendly environment. They use state of the art componentry and offer numerous designs and colors for children who want to customize their devices. So, whether it’s a cartoon character, a super hero, or a sports team, POPS – Southeast can give the orthotic or prosthetic device the appearance the child desires.

The in-house location affords POPS – Southeast’s staff immediate consultation with Greenville Shriners Hospital medical, nursing, rehabilitation, radiology, and child life staff regarding any questions or concerns patients and families may have. This location also provides families with the option to move seamlessly from the Greenville Shriners Hospital’s outpatient clinic to POPS – Southeast for their prosthetic & orthotic needs.DSC_0660 - Version 2

POPS – Southeast is a vital part of the Greenville Shriners Hospital’s multidisciplinary approach to patient care. POPS – Southeast’s caring and compassionate staff members are all certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. They regularly attend continuing education seminars to stay up-to-date with current practices and techniques.

*POPS – Southeast, LLC is a subsidiary of Shriners Hospitals for Children. All Greenville Shriners Hospital patients and families are given options on where they can receive their prosthetic or orthotic care.

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Thank you for the Bears!

by Shriners on January 19, 2015

#SHCGreenville patients have a special THANK YOU message: More than $10,000 was donated to the Bear Club thanks to Khedive First Lady Debbie! Last January, Debbie introduced a fundraiser at Khedive where she sold starfish pins and earrings with all proceeds coming to #SHCGreenville’s Bear Club.  Watch our very special thank you!


Road Runners Keep the Road Hot!

by Shriners on January 12, 2015

Road Runner vans lined up outside SHCGreenville

Road Runner vans lined up outside SHCGreenville

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville would like to recognize the Road Runners for their dedication to helping patients and families. Each Shrine Temple has a special unit of transporters, called Road Runners, who have driven millions of miles bringing children to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. For each trip, they pick up a local child and their family, drive them to the hospital for treatment, and then return with them back home. The transportation is free of cost to the child’s family, but the Road Runners say they are paid with smiles from the child.

In 2014, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s Roadrunners drove a total of 1,218,540 miles. That’s enough to circle the globe 49 times … or … they could have gone to the moon 5.1 times! (Calculated as a round-trip from Shriners Temple to Hospital)

Acca Shriners: 66 trips

Al Sihah Shriners: 65 trips

Alcazar Shriners: 106 trips

Alee Shriners: 76 trips

Amran Shriners: 48 trips

Cahaba Shriners: 72 trips

Hejaz Shriners: 158 trips

Jamil Shriners: 52 trips

Jericho Shriners: 276 trips

Kazim Shriners: 384 trips

Kerbela Shriners: 289 trips

Khedive Shriners: 104 trips

Oasis Shriners: 240 trips

Omar Shriners: 334 trips

Sudan Shriners: 209 trips

Yaarab Shriners: 170 trips

Zamora Shriners: 91 trips

Total: 2,740 trips

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Adrienne’s Journey Through Scoliosis Casting

by Shriners on January 6, 2015

Adrienne“The quickest way to a parent’s heart is how you treat their child; and we couldn’t have gone to a better hospital,” Misty and Rob Dear say of their daughter Adrienne’s care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. At ten months old, Adrienne’s parents noticed her shoulders were not level when she was sitting up straight. A visit to the doctor determined her spine had already curved to 40 degrees.

Adrienne’s parents describe, “As soon as Adrienne was diagnosed with progressive infantile scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine, we immediately began researching her condition. We discovered the Greenville Shriners Hospital offers a non-surgical approach to correcting infantile scoliosis called Risser or Mehta casting.  We found that Dr. Pete was the best doctor and the casting option made the most sense of how to correct our daughter’s spine.”IMG_1546

At a year old, Adrienne was placed in her first Risser/Mehta cast. A Risser/Mehta cast is a plaster cast that is applied in the operating room from the patient’s collarbone to the bottom of the spine. When the cast is applied, pressure is placed on the cast causing the spine to straighten. When the cast hardens, it holds the spine in this position. Subsequent casts each progressively straighten the patient’s spine. Adrienne wore each of her casts for two to three months, and then had a one week break before having the next cast put on. Her parents say, “When we first started casting we were scared, but the love and support from everyone at the hospital was amazing. They keep the child’s best interest at heart. The Greenville Shriners Hospital is an incredible place with special people. They are like family. You can see the love and time that goes in to making each child feel special.”

Three-years-old and twelve Risser casts later, Adrienne’s spine is completely straight. Her parents excitedly explain, “Even though we cannot say that she is completely healed of scoliosis, we can say that she will not be crippled due to scoliosis. As Adrienne grew, the Risser/Mehta casts held her spine straight so her organs and ribs were able to develop normally. It also taught her spine to grow straight.” Adrienne will maintain her straight spine by wearing an orthosis, or brace, and will be continually monitored at the Greenville Shriners Hospital to make sure her spine remains straight as she grows.

AdrienneMisty says, “As we began casting we were told the words “thank you” a lot. The staff was thanking us for allowing them to treat Adrienne! When we asked why do you all keep thanking us? Their response was that some parents get discouraged and stop treatment even when they’re told their options. Our options were start casting or watch her get worse. As parents we could not imagine not casting. The real “thank you’s” should be given to Dr. Pete, the nurses, the staff, the volunteers, the donors, and to everyone at Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, approximately one third of the patients we care for with progressive infantile scoliosis can be cured, never needing to have spine surgery. At three years old, Adrienne Dear is hoping to remain in that statistic.

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