Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville has transitioned to phase three operations, which includes in-person, full-function of the hospital’s prosthetic and orthotic services, motion analysis clinic and rehabilitation department.
While services have expanded, the hospital will still utilize its Fast Track Video Visit service in order to continue to provide a virtual option for families who wish to remain home.
“Since we first postponed elective surgeries in mid-March, we have been working toward reaching this stage, ramping back up to providing 100% of the multidisciplinary care for which we are renowned,” said Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville administrator Bill Munley. “Phase three means that we have returned to a full clinic staff of three doctors and three advanced practice practitioners each day. We are also back to an unabridged surgical schedule including elective, and our specialty clinics are all now fully operational.”
Munley credits early social distancing and mask compliance along with temperature and survey screenings of employees as well as patient families for allowing the hospital to get to this level of operation.
The hospital also divided its staff into teams so in the event multiple employees tested positive, only their teammates would have to isolate.
“In the early days of the pandemic, as many radiology centers were closed, we were able to offer an alternative for referring providers whose patients were in need of X-rays,” Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville chief of staff Dr. Michael Wattenbarger said. “In fact, in May we expanded our clinic operations from five to seven days a week to meet the increasing demand for this service. This also provided an influx of incremental patients whose parents sought an alternative to the emergency room for stable, orthopedic-related needs.”
During the previous phases, the hospital was able to perform all time-sensitive surgeries as well as its halo traction program for scoliosis, which requires the child to remain in inpatient care for weeks to months.
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