It’s been six years since Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville nearly shut its doors.
After the community rallied behind the hospital, it’s now grown to become one of the largest pediatric orthopaedic practices in the Carolinas, with the addition of a sixth full-time pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
Children from six states get treatment there – regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
Parents like Misty Dear, say the hospital’s help has been life changing for her daughter who was treated for infantile scoliosis and cured.
“The journey that my daughter had to go through – all the people who – as a mother I couldn’t do what they did. We just had to hand her over and let them do what they could do and I couldn’t image giving her to anybody else,” Dear explained
“We really care about kids,” said Administrator Randy Romberger. “The Shriners started this, we’ll be here 88 years at the end of this week in Greenville, and it’s really that dedication and that foresight that saw it. So we just want to treat more kids and that’s our goal.”
The care at the Greenville Shriners Hospital is paid for through an endowment trust that is funded by donors, wills, estates and gifts to the organization.