Patient care is the focus of everything we do, and our employees are committed to healing compassionately as demonstrated in these initiatives launched this past fiscal year.
Extending Care for Those with Spinal Cord Injury
Roger C. Peace Hospital (RCP) has extended its spinal cord injury services to North Greenville Hospital–Long Term Acute Care (NGH-LTAC). This is the first program of its kind in the state; previously, patients with traumatic spinal cord injury who are ventilator dependent had few options for ventilator care and weaning after leaving acute care.
The program combines RCP’s specialized spinal cord injury program with NGH-LTAC’s expertise in ventilator care and weaning. Collaboration with GHS post-acute and Home Health services ensures that these patients receive the specialized services they need across the care continuum.
The Beat Goes On with Cardio-Oncology Program
Cardio-Oncology is a new field dedicated to minimizing damage to the heart and arteries that may result from cancer treatments. And GHS has the only such program in the Upstate, thanks to a collaboration between the system’s Cancer Institute and Carolina Cardiology Consultants.
The program includes a database of all GHS patients with cancer who are on medications deemed high risk for heart issues. These patients are automatically enrolled in the Cardio-Oncology Program and have diagnostic images taken every three months. An echocardiogram suite has been created just for them so that they can go to the same place for every appointment and become familiar with their providers. This program is another way to ensure that cancer care at GHS takes a “whole patient” approach—mind, body and spirit.
“Some chemotherapy drugs can cause side effects on the heart, and those side effects need to be monitored,” stated oncologist Mark O’Rourke, MD. “Survivorship care is about healing each person and helping improve his or her quality of life.”
Redefining Prostate Cancer Detection
A new imaging technology at GHS is making it possible to detect prostate cancer earlier and more accurately. Also, it allows surgeons to more precisely remove tumors through surgery or radiation with minimum damage to surrounding tissue.
Artemis MRI fusion technology helps urologists and radiologists collaborate using specialized software to create a 3-D image of the prostate. Studies have shown this technology to be 50% more accurate than a standard random biopsy.
Stimulating News for Those with Movement Disorders
GHS has added Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to its therapies for movement disorders. The therapy helps reduce some symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s disease, allowing patients to achieve long-term relief and improved quality of life.
DBS uses a surgically implanted device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation that targets areas of the brain to reduce some of the most disabling motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, including shaking, stiffness and movement difficulties. After implantation, a neurologist can program and adjust the amount of stimulation to maximize treatment benefits.
The therapy also may be used to treat epilepsy, essential tremor or dystonia. Benefits include enhanced quality of life, motor function improvement, significantly reduced medication use, and long-term safety and effectiveness.
Help for Managing Heart Failure
Greenville Health System is first in the Upstate to implant the CardioMEMS HF System—the only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions. This new technology transmits patients’ pulmonary artery pressure readings to their healthcare providers, which allows for proactive management of heart failure.
A Healing Art of Special Notes
The Cancer Institute has introduced music therapy to its score of offerings. This program is available for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis—patient, caregiver, family member or friend—to de-stress, relax and have fun.
Music therapy is the use of music to achieve a variety of non-musical goals:
- Promote wellness
- Manage stress
- Ease pain
- Enhance memory
- Improve communication
- Express feelings
A board-certified music therapist conducts both group and individual sessions. Group sessions also may include activities such as analyzing lyrics and playing small percussion instruments.