Being in the hospital can be a stressful event for a child and their family. The Child Life department at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville supports the child’s emotional development and social needs while in the hospital. As part of their continued efforts to meet patients’ needs, the certified Child Life specialists plan weekly activities and special events.
Patients and parents sit on the edge of their seats as a special visitor pulls geckos, spiders, scorpions, and lizards out of his bag and brings them around Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. Invited by the Child Life department, Mr. Randy Miller, or as he is more affectionately known, the Critter Keeper, brings his special animals to visit the hospital’s patients once a month. The Critter Keeper’s sense of humor, enthusiasm, and caring composure helps keep his viewers at ease. At least they are at ease until he pulls out two of his larger snakes: the boa constrictor and the Burmese python.
When asked what he loves most about coming to the Greenville Shriners Hospital, the Critter Keeper says, “I love to see the children light up! Also, when you think about therapy animals, dogs are often the only creatures that come to mind. Never would you expect lizards and snakes to evoke a therapeutic response.” The Critter Keeper explains, “When the children see these creatures, they are often scared, but by the end of my visit, they have overcome their fears. I believe this bravery can be carried over into the patients’ everyday lives, whether it is being brave while they have a check-up in the clinic or as they are going into surgery.”
While participating in activities like the Critter Keeper visits, patients talk with the Child Life staff often revealing what they are worried about. The staff is then able to teach the child how to cope with their feelings. This is why the Greenville Shriners Hospital believes Child Life is an essential component of quality pediatric health care.
Check out some pictures from today’s visit:
Thank you South Greenville Fire Department for coming to visit with our patients today!
The Hejaz Racers raised over $12,000 from their 2013 Shrine Race. Thank you for brining one of your race cars to the hospital for patients to see.
In honor of National American Teddy Bear Day, we are proud to announce Fezzy, the first Love to the rescue®
Proudly wearing the iconic Shriner red fez, Fezzy has a mission to raise awareness and support for the innovative care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Fezzy helps honor the kid-centric education methods that have been used for decades to aid the healing process at our hospitals. Depending on the child’s needs, teddy bears have often been used to teach young patients about upcoming medical procedures and outcomes, or, as you know, here at Greenville, we send a Build-a-Bear or outfit home with each child who has surgery here. They are a wonderful tool to help alleviate the apprehension surrounding a hospital stay.
To help Fezzy raise money to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, Vermont Teddy Bear is offering a 4 foot version of Fezzy for $99.99 with 20 percent of the proceeds to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. To purchase your own Fezzy, visit www.ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org/Fezzy.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is proud of Road Runner Hoil Houck for achieving 50 years as a member of Shriners International! The World War II veteran joined the Shriners fraternity in 1963 because he wanted to be a part of their philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Hoil says, “I like kids and I wanted to help children out. Over the last 50 years, I can’t pick one child that means the most to me; they have all been memorable.” His favorite part of being a Shriner has been the opportunity he’s had to be member of Kazim Temple’s special unit of transporters called the Road Runners. The Road Runners pick up a local child and their family, drive them to the hospital for treatment, and then return with them back home. As a Road Runner, Hoil has made 332 trips from Roanoke, Virginia, to the Greenville Shriners Hospital. Hoil says, “I am honored to have reached this milestone of 50 years as a Shriner and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every second of it!”
Greenville Shriners Hospital patient Mallory Wilson was the first to use the new imaging machine!
Staying on the cutting-edge of quality medical care, Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville is proud to bring its patients the new EOS 3D imaging system. The new X-ray system will give pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at the Greenville Shriners Hospital an unprecedented three-dimensional view of their patients’ bone structure while significantly reducing the child’s exposure to radiation.
Unlike a traditional X-ray that captures one small area of the body, the EOS Imaging System is able to provide a life-size picture of the patient’s full skeleton. The device is also the only 3D system capable of scanning patients in a weight-bearing standing or sitting position to capture natural posture and joint orientation. This allows physicians to accurately analyze the target anatomy within the context of the entire musculoskeletal system. The high-resolution image of the patient provides the orthopaedic surgeon with over 100 clinical parameters for pre- and post-operative surgical planning. “Being able to have this technology is very exciting,” said Pete Stasikleis, M.D., chief of staff 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.”
One of the machine’s enhanced safety features involves a low radiation dose. The EOS Imaging System 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. This is especially important for pediatric orthopaedic patients, who may need to be imaged frequently to monitor conditions such as scoliosis. Patients with scoliosis typically undergo imaging every three to six months over a period of several years, which can amount to more than 20 total scans over the course of treatment
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is honored to be the first hospital in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama to bring our patients this new technology.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s patients, families, and staff welcomed Daughters of the Nile Supreme Queen Margaret Ann Risk to the hospital. Daughters of the Nile is an International fraternal organization for women 18 years or older. Founded in 1913, Daughters of the Nile members now total over 26,000 in 139 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The members of Daughters of the Nile are proud of their long association with Shriners International and their continuing support of Shriners Hospitals for Children. They contribute over 1.7 million dollars annually to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America (LOSNA) Grand High Priestess, Lady Jan Hiebert, along with members of Crescent Court No. 106 visited Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. Founded in 1903, the LOSNA is committed to supporting the Shriners philanthropy and contribute more than half a million dollars annually to Shriners Hospitals for Children.