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GHS opens Spartanburg pediatric medical center

When you have a sick child, the last thing you want to do is travel all over town from doctor to doctor.

The opening of the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center – Spartanburg on the city’s northeast side, makes it easier for Spartanburg children to receive the treatments they need in one location.

“We first dreamed of this project 7 or 8 years ago,” said Dr. George Haddad, senior medical director for outpatient pediatrics. “We are proud to offer one-stop shopping for children in an outpatient setting.”

The 25,000-square-foot facility houses primary-care pediatric practice Pediatric Associates – Spartanburg as well as 12 different specialists.

Specialties include cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, urology, hematology and oncology, nephrology, endocrinology, pulmonology, developmental/behavioral issues, neurosurgery, and sleep medicine.

There is a sleep lab for sleep studies, and diagnostic labs include an echo lab. Additionally, the facility is home to a large therapy center, Kidnetics, which includes occupational, speech and physical therapy services.

“All of our specialists only take care of kids,” said Dr. William Schmidt, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist with Greenville Health System.

“The entire staff is devoted to taking care of kids.”

The facility itself is very child-friendly. Rooms are equipped with televisions and each one has a variety of toys for entertainment.

“It is not only children, but people-friendly, with all of the smiling faces and things that you have here to intrigue the children and keep them busy while they are here,” state Rep. Rita Allison said after touring the center Nov. 17 during an event celebrating the opening of the facility.

The Outpatient Center offers such details as dedicated nursing rooms and separate waiting areas for newborns, both designed to put parents and ease and make them more comfortable. Walls are filled with pictures of familiar Spartanburg scenes to make families feel at home.

As chair of the House Education and Public works Committee, Allison said the facility is an important addition that helps address the medical needs of the Spartanburg community.

“Not a week goes by that a parent doesn’t call to find out how a child can be treated, whether it is autism, dyslexia or some other need,” she said.

Along with its medical services, the facility is also home to Family Connections, a parent-to-parent support group.

“Sometimes families come in and don’t get a diagnosis that they like, and want to talk with other families in the same position,” Schmidt said.

Find out more

The Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center – Spartanburg is located on the northeast side of the city in North Grove Medical Park, Suite 300, 249 N. Grove Medical Park Drive, Spartanburg.