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TSRHC to Host 16th Annual Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Seminar for Physicians and Health Care Professionals

Marsha CarpenterOn Friday, February 27, 2015, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will host Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care.

This annual course is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and health care professionals providing direct care to children. The purpose of the seminar is to equip primary care providers to expertly assess, identify and manage developmental and behavioral problems which present between birth and age 18. Lectures, slide presentations and question/answer sessions will be presented by guest lecturers and the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

For additional information, please visit our website or contact Janice Reaves at (214) 559-8596 or janice.reaves@tsrh.org for more information.

TSRHC Leads the Way with Magnetic Spinal Rod System

TSRHC physicians recently performed the hospital’s first noninvasive adjustment of an implanted spinal rod system using groundbreaking magnetic technology. This system is designed to minimize the progression of specific cases of early-onset scoliosis. This revolutionary device is called MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System®, distributed by Ellipse Technologies, Inc.

Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC chief of staff, with TSRHC patient Viviana, age 7, of Austin, after her adjustment.

Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC chief of staff, with TSRHC patient Viviana, age 7, of Austin, after her adjustment.

The FDA cleared the system for commercial use earlier this year. It
 is composed of an implantable rod and an External Remote Controller (ERC). After the MAGEC rod has been implanted, a physician simply places a “MAGEC wand,” or locator, over the patient’s spine. The wand locates the magnet on the implanted rod and allows the physician to make a noninvasive adjustment. An X-ray or ultrasound of the spine is then used to confirm the procedure’s success.

Thus, adjustments that once required a patient to undergo anesthesia, surgery and recovery are now performed in the clinic in a matter of minutes.

The frequency of such sessions 
is customized to meet the needs of each patient until the desired result is achieved. TSRHC is excited to be at the forefront of institutions in the U.S. providing patients with this revolutionary, nonsurgical adjustment technology.

 

**This article was featured in the 2014 Rite Up Volume 3 Magazine. Read more from the magazine online

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Visit with the Michigan State Spartans

On Monday, December 29, the Michigan State University Spartans paid a visit to the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Bo Howard, Justin Williams, Kai HowardMichigan State University will be playing Baylor University on New Year’s Day at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Spartan football players and coaches filled TSRHC’s Atrium and signed hats, t-shirts and posters for patients and their families. Many of the players also asked for autographs from the patients on their TSRHC hats.

 

Thank you for visiting the patients and we wish you luck in the Cotton Bowl!

View additional photos from the event on TSRHC’s Facebook page and read media coverage online:
Detroit Free Press
M Live
Dallas Morning News

Run to Inspire; Former TSRHC Patient with Cerebral Palsy Runs in Dallas Marathon

Every runner has his or her own reasons for running a marathon; many run to prove to themselves that they can simply do it. Others run to win.

For former TSRHC patient Michael Burns, he ran to inspire.

In an interview with WFAA ABC News Channel 8 in Dallas, Burns talked about his motivations for competing in the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.

As a child Burns was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and he spent 13 years as a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children under the care of Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, Chief of Staff Emeritus. TSRHC is the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon, and to Burns’ it is the main reason why he participated.

“If I can give hope to other people, to other kids…that’s why I push.”

Burns began his journey as a marathon runner 7 years ago, when he took up running as a way to relieve stress brought on by the mortgage crisis. Now at age 36, this is his marathon.

“I was always curious about what it would feel like to do a half marathon, and then a half led to my full marathon, 26.2 mile race in one day,” Burns told WFAA Channel 8.

Burns is currently working with Dr. Lezlie Maloy of Spring Valley Spine and Sports care, who is helping him as he prepares to run. Burns has experienced several stress fractures running in the past, and Maloy is helping him with his biomechanics so that he can participate in the Dallas Marathon.

“I know what I have; I know that I’m very fortunate,” Burns said, “because I know with other patients with cerebral palsy, they’re not as fortunate; some are in wheelchairs, some are on crutches.”

TSRHC has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon since 1997, receiving more than $3.5 million in donations.

“Everybody’s got their differences,” Dr. Herring said, “and what you do is make the best of what you’ve got. [Burns has] done a great job of doing that.”

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Max of Arlington

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon® features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.

Max Paredes age 9 of Arlington_074

Max, age 9, of Arlington, Texas was adopted from China when he was three years old. When adopting Max, his family knew that he had some limb differences in both his foot and his hands, so it made sense for them to take him to TSRHC. Max is treated in both, TSRHC’s Prosthetics department as well as the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center. One of Max’s biggest passions is art. He has won artist of the year twice at Ditto Elementary School and he loves designing his legs! In addition, Max recently started playing soccer and is doing great. He is the epitome of perseverance, his parents never hear the words “I can’t do this” come out of his mouth because Max is always determined to find a way to do everything.  Max can’t wait to help cheer on the runners at this year’s Dallas Marathon!

Dallas Cowboys Holiday Visit

Dwayne Harris, Marissa Regalado - ptOn Tuesday, December 9, select Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders came to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) for their annual holiday visit.  Members of the team have been visiting TSRHC since 1996.

Patients and their families were treated to Dallas Cowboys goodies and each had a chance to get autographs from the football players and cheerleaders.

View media coverage of the event:
Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Dallas Cowboys Website

 

 

Veronica Lind, Ava Coker, Melissa Lynn, Brynleee Coker, Lacey Annalea Kyle Stamey - pt, Tony Romo

 

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Ellie of Flower Mound

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon® features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.

Ellie Sharp age 16 of Flower Mound_03Ellie, of Flower Mound, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was 11 years old. She receives treatment at the hospital for scoliosis—curvature of the spine—and had surgery at TSRHC to correct the curve in July 2013. Thanks to TSRHC, today, her back is almost straight! Ellie is 16 years old and attends Flower Mound High School, where she is a vital member of the golf team. She is also a PGA Junior Tours participant, very active in her church and is a small group leader at Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Ellie has always had a positive outlook during her time as a patient at TSRHC. All of the trips to the hospital became mother/daughter days for her and her mom.

Ellie is extremely outgoing and loves to talk and make new friends. She hopes to attend Ole Miss in the future and pursue a degree and career in marketing or public relations. Ellie has loved every experience she has had at TSRHC, especially the volunteers and the popcorn, and is excited to represent the hospital as a 2014 Patient Champion!

2014 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kitty Kay - TSRHC Crayon Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twas the 2nd of December and all through Scottish Rite

Not a tree was decorated, not even one light;

Trees were placed through the hospital with care,

In hopes that volunteers and friends soon would be there…

Christmas cheer filled the halls of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Tuesday night as friends and volunteers came together for the annual tree lighting ceremony. The smell of popcorn wafted through the Atrium as Dallas area organizations, businesses and community members gathered to help decorate the hospital for the holidays. The 18 foot grand tree, located in the hospital Atrium, was ceremoniously lit by TSRHC patient Emily Hough and Steve Love (President and CEO of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council) to kick off the festivities.  After everyone joined in a joyous rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” the volunteers and the holiday decorators dispersed throughout the hospital to decorate over 50 trees.

Holiday music played by the Town North Concert Band put the whole hospital in the spirit while the trees were lovingly decorated.  Quick as a flash, the hospital was almost instantaneously transformed in a manner of minutes. Over 50 trees across the entire campus were uniquely decorated for their holiday debut. Some trees feature traditional holiday décor while others feature more humorous themes like surfing Santa. Each of the trees is as uniquely beautiful as the children of this hospital.

After every last ornament and ribbon was perfectly in place, everyone sat down to a holiday feast of sweet potatoes, roast beef and brie sandwiches and gingerbread men. It was truly a time of good tidings and great joy for all at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

 

Violeta’s Story: From the White House to TSRHC

Violeta Hernandez_16

With Don Cummings, Director of Prosthetics

Violeta visited the White House in 2004. That year, she also became a patient at TSRHC, referred to the hospital by George W. Bush’s secretary of education, Rod Paige, who had met the 8-year-old Violeta during an official trip to Mexico two years earlier.

Violeta was born without a right leg and had a poorly functioning prosthetic. She came to TSRHC to be fitted for a new prosthetic and began making annual visits for adjustments or new legs as she grew. Now 20, Violeta is a scholarship college student back home. Recently she had her last TSRHC appointment, documented in this video, Violeta’s Story.

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon® features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.

Elizabeth Spoon age 11 of Arlington_34Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington, Texas has been a patient at TSRHC’s Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders for a year and a half. Elizabeth had been homeschooled and her mom knew that something was wrong, so the pediatrician sent them to TSRHC. After going through testing, she was diagnosed with dyslexia and, with much excitement, was soon admitted to The Luke Waites Center.The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named for Dr. Luke Waites, who in 1965 established a program at TSRHC to identify and treat children with learning disorders, primarily dyslexia. The World Federation of Neurology met at TSRHC in 1968 and formulated the first consensus definition of developmental dyslexia. With great progress in the dyslexia program at the hospital, Elizabeth’s parents now have to tell her to put her books away at night or else she will never go to bed! Outside of school, Elizabeth is an accomplished hockey player. Her future goals are to attend Yale University, because they have a great hockey team and an outstanding dyslexia center. Elizabeth is looking forward to representing the hospital as a Patient Champion at the 2014 Dallas Marathon!

Elizabeth was featured in the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, November 25. Read article online here!