Each year, 40-50 patients at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital experience a life-altering condition or injury that requires specialized rehabilitation. Because an inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program does not exist at our Children’s Hospital—or anywhere in South Carolina—these patients and families have to go out-of-state for care. Families are often unexpectedly uprooted for months at a time.
Shawn Elliott, interim head football coach at The University of South Carolina, and Columbia businessman Eric Elkins have teamed up with Palmetto Health Foundation to create a special fund, the “Double E” (Elliott/Elkins) Fund, to provide funding to establish an Inpatient Pediatric Rehab program at Children’s Hospital so families can sleep in their own beds at night.
The new 8-bed Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, led by Stanley Skarli, MD, will be constructed on the 5th Floor of Children’s Hospital. Children’s Hospital expects to treat 58 patients in the new unit within the first year. To get the program up and running, nearly $2 million of community support is needed. Renovation is anticipated to begin Summer/Fall 2016, and the unit is expected to open in the spring of 2017. Details on naming opportunities will be available soon. To lend your support, contact Diane Junis at Palmetto Health Foundation. 803-434-2832 or Diane.Junis@PalmettoHealth.org.
Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program onesheet and pledge form