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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville celebrates 90 years of service

For 90 years, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville has served as a beacon of hope for children and their families.

The hospital, then called Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, opened Sept. 1, 1927. The facility was founded largely through the support of Greenville businessman W.W. Burgiss, along with funding from the Duke Foundation and the Hejaz Temple. It was the fourteenth in the Shriners Hospital 22-facility system.

The Greenville hospital serves six states — South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee — and treats children regardless of their ability to pay.

“Orthopedics is our most widely treated specialty and that’s exactly what we do here,” Trana Pittam, director of public relations for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, said. “A misconception is that we only offer charity care. That’s simply not true. We offer the very best orthopedic care. We have not only the best surgeons, but the largest team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the region.”

The hospital has been at its West Faris Road location since 1989.

“What makes these four walls so special is that with most places, you go to one place to get your gait analyzed, one place for physical therapy — you can get all that here. It’s a comprehensive approach to therapy.”

The 50-bed pediatric orthopedic facility includes two operating rooms, 15 outpatient exam rooms, an in-house prosthetics and orthotics department, as well as a motion analysis laboratory, one of only three motion analysis centers in the Southeast that focuses on children, and the only one in the Carolinas.

“It uses the same technology as Hollywood production studios,” Pittam said.

The hospital’s comprehensive spine program utilizes a variety of options to treat all stages of scoliosis and includes one of the largest Mehta casting programs in the country — a non-surgical option to treat the condition.

Shriners also utilizes EOS Imaging Micro Dose, offering detailed images that are critical in the treatment of orthopedic conditions.

“EOS produces a fraction of the radiation of an X-ray machine,” Pittam said.

To celebrate 90 years, the hospital is throwing a birthday party from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24. It is free for the community and includes food, entertainment and more in three party zones. A Walk for Love, a fund-raising walk with the choice of one mile or 90 yards, is at 2 p.m.

Participants can register at walkfor

All proceeds from the walk stay in the local community.

“None of this is possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” Pittam said.

The party is a way to celebrate the past and look toward the future.