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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Pet Therapy

by Shriners on December 29, 2014

Thanks to wonderful #PetTherapy volunteers with Upstate Therapy Dogs and Paws 2 Care, patients at #SHCGreenville get to enjoy the friendly, loving interaction from dogs of all sizes.
Twice each week, dogs make their way through the hospit…al from room to room and they visit every patient who wants to receive some cuddly love.
Pet therapy has proven to be beneficial to our patients by lowering anxiety, providing a non-stressful environment, and reducing boredom. The dogs also serve as a distraction for our patients from the stress they may be enduring. The happiness and joy these dogs bring to our patients and families is priceless.
Enjoy some photos from pet therapy visits this year.


Ben’s Christmas Wish Comes True

by Shriners on December 22, 2014

After fighting cancer for two years and having part of his right leg amputated, all Ben wanted this Christmas was a new leg. Prosthetists at #SHCGreenville made that wish come true. With Ben’s favorite song, “I’m Still Standing” blaring in the hallway, Ben stood up on his new leg and walked for the first time in two years. After a few slow and steady steps, Ben was on his way!

Watch Ben’s Christmas wish come true.


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 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.