Every March our annual report is due to our headquarters office in Tampa to share our accomplishments from the previous year. A special thanks to all of the departments that contributed information to the 2020 Annual Report. Despite many historical events throughout 2020, the SHC-Portland team remained true to our mission and moved steadily ahead with many great accomplishments, including several awards!
The list of research publications and education is impressive. Research publications span across many departments, from medical staff, clinical research, speech therapy, motion lab, and more! While we are very accustomed to our physician residents and medical student rotations, other departments also provide training to residents and interns through several academic affiliations, including our orthotics and prosthetics department. Our rehabilitation services department also provides a variety of education through academic affiliations in the areas of physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
On the operational front, Fast Track Video Visits launched in 2020 and rapidly expanded for outpatient clinic visits as well as speech therapy visits. The future of telehealth is here to stay as many patients enjoy the convenience of being seen from the comfort of their home.
Often the quietest area of our hospital is our basic science research department. I am proud to say that all of our labs and research imaging core have continued with their research projects and continue to be supported by excellent grant funding. Moreover, our clinical research department continues to receive grants for the latest drug trials and innovative treatments in certain pediatric neuromuscular conditions.
I have only mentioned a few highlights from SHC-Portland’s 36 page annual report. I am truly inspired by our team’s unwavering commitment to our mission and to achieving many goals throughout the historic COVID-19 year of 2020!
Dereesa Reid, MBA
Hospital Administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland