Teaching is more than graduate medical education, and learning can take place in a variety of venues. Look below to find out some of the innovative ways GHS is educating upstate citizens of all ages.
Buddy’s Safety Town
As part of the 20th-anniversary celebration for Safe Kids™ Upstate, led by GHS Children’s Hospital, a special safety-themed exhibit—Buddy’s Safety Town—opened at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This interactive exhibit, featuring Buddy the Bear, helps children and their families learn to stay safe at home, at school, on the water, in cars and on bikes.
Children can participate in activities such as putting on the protective clothing that firefighters wear, practicing calling 9-1-1 in an emergency and donning the correct type of life jacket.
Safe Kids Upstate works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, a leading killer of children age 19 and under.
In late July, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville welcomed its first full class of 100 students. However, over 3,100 students applied for the Class of 2019; many cited the lifestyle medicine curriculum as a large reason for their interest in this school. In fact, the school’s unique curriculum was featured in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of the Best Grad Schools.
Identifying Child Abuse
GHS Children’s Hospital has added Child Abuse Prevention to its offerings through Children’s Advocacy. This innovative program provides training to the community on topics such as unsafe sleep, abusive head trauma and drug-endangered children. It also offers training for those who are “mandated reporters” by nature of their profession on how to investigate when a child shows signs of abuse or neglect.
“People know they are mandated reporters, but they’ve never been trained in what to do if a situation arises,” said Michelle Greco, BSN, RNC-MNN, CCE, manager of Child Abuse Prevention. “For a lot of children who are neglected or abused, the people who see them on a day-to-day basis might not know how to go about doing their duty.”
The multidisciplinary program features personnel from the USC Children’s Law Office, GHS Forensic Pediatrics, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Social Services and fire departments. Attendees come from across the state and represent various child-related fields, from day care providers and teachers to medical residents and coroners, as well as the general public.
Child Abuse Prevention joins Children’s Advocacy as its fourth division, along with School Health, Safe Kids™ Upstate and Healthy Child Development/Help Me Grow.
Looking for a novel way to promote literacy and learn about Greenville? Then check out Goodnight Greenville, the area’s best-selling local book. Penned by GHS pediatrician Joe Maurer, MD, this hardback features colorful illustrations by upstate artist Joseph Bradley of popular children’s attractions in Greenville. Best of all, proceeds from the book go to the Child Life program at GHS Children’s Hospital.
Dual Training Emphasizes Real-world Care
GHS debuted its inaugural dual class in Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses. A joint venture between the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Trauma Nurses, doctors and nurses who work together train together in this innovative real-world course. They learn in the same classroom and team up to treat patients in the “victim scenario” that is part of everyone’s final exam.
Healthcare Transformation Exhibit
The GHS History Center at Greenville Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Health Sciences Library, is taking visitors on a journey through the developments calling for healthcare transformation and the ways GHS is creating a new model of care.
Many factors are contributing to the global need for transforming the way medical care is organized, delivered, managed and funded. Here are several benefits that will result under this new model:
- Improve clinical outcomes by offering better quality
- Expand population health initiatives to provide a continuum of care
- Increase transparency and efficiency
- Lower costs, pay for value
- Enhance access to services and provide services in the right medical setting
- Empower individuals to take a more active role in their health
- Promote health and wellness
- Boost collaborative efforts
Located in the hospital lobby, the display is open to the public and runs through 2016.