Patients and their families are the focus of everything we do at GHS. As a result, our employees are committed to healing compassionately, as demonstrated in these recent initiatives.
A Place for Extra-special Deliveries
Patients with low-risk pregnancies at select OB/GYN practices now can deliver at Patewood Memorial Hospital.
The spacious maternity unit includes 10 labor and delivery rooms and 30 postpartum rooms. Rooms also contain tubs for women desiring water therapy during labor.
Pediatric hospitalists trained in neonatology and newborn care are in-house around the clock. The quiet unit also features Delivery Buddy, a telehealth program that brings neonatologists to the bedside through secure video when needed. Lactation consultants and other support staff also are available on-site. (See photo at top.)
Team Care Medicine®
Scribes play an important role in the Team Care Medicine (TCM) approach in use at a handful of GHS practices. In this approach, a certified medical assistant (CMA) helps providers throughout the entire appointment in four ways:
- Securing the workup/update of medical history before the provider arrives
- Serving as scribe during the patient exam by the provider
- Entering the resulting plan of care into the patient’s electronic medical record
- Carrying out the provider’s orders, such as requesting tests or prescriptions
Benefits of this approach are that patients spend more face-to-face time with providers, who can focus their full attention on patients—not the computer or administrative items. And because the office visit is being streamlined seamlessly with a CMA in the pre- and post-care phases as well as in the scribe role during the actual exam, practices have seen a 29% growth in visits and a 37% increase in wRVU (work Relative Value Unit) productivity.
A win-win for patients and providers, TCM is being deployed to more practices throughout the system.
As part of its ongoing efforts to attain Baby-Friendly designation, The Family Birthplace–Greer is using a “second skin” baby wrap. The wrap promotes skin-to-skin bonding immediately after delivery and throughout the newborn’s hospital stay. It also can prevent infant falls if the mother gets drowsy during feeding. Best of all, the wrap can be taken home. (Yes, dads use wraps, too.)
Both GMH and Oconee Memorial Hospital have earned Baby-Friendly designation—an international recognition for hospitals and birthing centers offering optimal care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
For families experiencing a stillbirth, the grieving process can be overshadowed by necessary medical procedures following delivery. A $3,000 device called CuddleCot gives some of this healing time back to families by extending the period in which a stillborn baby can remain in a hospital room.
The CuddleCot, which can be placed in a bassinet, circulates cool water under a baby’s body. The circulation can preserve a stillborn baby’s body for up to five days, allowing families more time to grieve the baby through holding him or her, taking photos and measurements, and accepting visits from loved ones. By extending the time families have with the baby, families can honor the life of the child and say goodbye at their own pace.
CuddleCot is made possible through the generosity of an Upstate mother who lost her first child through stillbirth. It is located in the Bereavement Nursery.
On the Go with Kidnetics®
Go, Toddlers, Go!
Children receiving therapy at GHS Kidnetics now have a new way to move, thanks to a donation of two Go-Baby-Go cars. These retrofitted ride-on cars are driven by toddlers with mobility challenges. The modifications help toddlers gain independence at a younger age, allowing them to reach cognitive, social and motor developmental milestones at a faster pace.
Relief for Pelvic Floor Disorders
A new specialty program, also at Kidnetics, provides relief for young patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, such as bedwetting, pain when urinating, constipation and fecal incontinence. Treatment is provided by a physical therapist trained in pediatric pelvic floor disorders.
New Cold Cap a Hot Technology
DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System reduces the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced hair loss in cancer patients with solid tumors, with many patients experiencing less than 10% loss! Nurses at the Eastside location of GHS’ Cancer Institute have received training in this new technology.
Savvy Tool Fights Breast Cancer
GHS is revolutionizing breast cancer care with the aid of SAVI SCOUT®, which uses radar instead of wire to help surgeons pinpoint breast cancer tissue during lumpectomies. It is the world’s only non-radioactive, wire-free breast localization system.
With SAVI SCOUT, the radiologist places a tiny, highly sophisticated reflector at the tumor site up to 30 days before surgery. During surgery, the surgeon scans the breast using the SAVI SCOUT guide, which emits infrared light and a radar signal to detect the reflector.
The alternative is wire localization—inserting a wire into the breast to find the target tissue. With this approach, the wire might move before surgery, leading to re-excisions and an undesirable cosmetic result. The wire can cause discomfort, too. And with the wire, patients must undergo two procedures—wire insertion and surgery—on the same day. But with SAVI SCOUT, the patient undergoes only one procedure at a time several days or even weeks apart.
CLICK HERE to read about a patient’s experience with this new procedure.
Small Baby Unit a Big Advancement
The Small Baby Unit in the Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the first of its kind in the state. Most babies admitted are between 23-28 weeks’ gestation and typically spend a month or two. The unit includes 17 beds and is designed to help these fragile patients develop.
This unit features dim lighting and low noise levels. Developmental positioning aids allow for minimal handling and movement. Care is provided by specialized nurses who have experience working with very low and extremely low (1,000 grams or less) birthweight babies.
Angel Eye Camera a Heavenly Idea
The Angel Eye camera system lets parents and families outside the Bryan NICU continue to bond with their baby inside the NICU through live video streaming and one-way audio at the bedside.
Parents receive a unique code to set up a password for their baby’s camera, which they can then share with family and friends. The camera runs except during nursing time or medical procedures. A total of 37 internet-based cameras have been installed, one for each newborn’s bassinet.
These cameras wield additional physical and psychological benefits, including assisting mothers with lactation, helping introduce the newborn to younger siblings who cannot be in the NICU, celebrating baby’s milestones and easing the family’s anxiety.
The Bryan NICU now offers families a private, homelike space to spend time with their newborn and make memories when the baby’s death is imminent.
This suite provides a space where photographers can be brought in; baptisms can take place; parents can bathe, dress and hold their babies; and family and friends can gather. The suite serves as a “home within the hospital” and helps make a traumatic experience more bearable. Funds for the suite were provided by a family who had experienced infant loss.