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Inside Your Latest Rite Up Magazine – 2015, Issue 1

Rite Up, the hospital’s quarterly magazine, hit mailboxes this week! We’re giving you a sneak peek of all the great articles featured in this issue. View your copy at home or take a look at the E-Mag version on our website.

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A World of Expertise, Locally Grown

TSRHC has blossomed from its Texas roots into one of the most respected pediatric orthopedic institutions in the world. Learn more in our cover story article.

A Colorful Celebration of Giving

TSRHC unveils a tribute to the generous donors who make the hospital’s mission possible. Read the article about our newly installed Giving Wall in our Donor Spotlight.

Trustee Profile: Making Each Moment Count

Trustee Tom Higgins has been a Texas Mason for nearly 50 years. Learn how he got involved with Masonry and TSRHC in our Trustee Profile.

New Lawson Fellow

Read about Ozan Razi, M.D., of Cyprus, Turkey, who is our current L. Ray Lawson, M.D., International Pediatric Spine Fellow specializing in the research of spinal deformity.

Patients in the Spotlight: Monkey Business Benefits TSRHC

TSRHC patient Emily, age 9 of Forney, Texas, helps raise funds and children’s spirits with her cheerful sock monkeys!

Hospital Happenings

View photos and updates from the following special events:

  • Amputee Ski Trip
  •  2014 Treasure Street
  • Dallas Cowboys Holiday Visit
  • San Angelo Sporting Clay Shoot
  • Cotton Bowl Visit 

You can also request to be mailed a copy of this quarterly magazine. Please call the Public Relations department at (214) 559-7656 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7656.

Meet the New Assistant Chiefs of Staff for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, we take pride in providing expert treatment for all of our patients. We also know that each child is different, which is why our unique, multidisciplinary approach to the way we treat our patients is genuinely and specifically tailored to the needs of each child and family.

We also take pride in our staff, as they know that the gentlest of patients are children. Being one of the leading pediatric orthopedic centers, we make sure that all staff members are top-notch, outstanding leaders in the medical industry. With that, it is our deepest honor that we announce and introduce to you our newest Assistant Chiefs of Staff.

Lori A. Karol, M.D

Lori A. Karol, M.D.Receiving both undergraduate and medical degrees from The University of Michigan, Dr. Karol’s background lies in general and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Karol also completed the Harrington Fellowship of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis here at TSRHC. Dr. Karol is also a professor of orthopedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, as well as being a current member on many different medical boards. One of Dr. Karol’s many accomplishments includes being awarded the Heune award for outstanding research by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Currently, Dr. Karol is the medical director of performance improvement and the movement science lab at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and president-elect of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Karl E. Rathjen, M.D.

Karl E. Rathjen, M.D.Dr. Rathjen joins us with a background in orthopedic study specializing in pediatrics. Graduating with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Rathjen received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Rathjen’s background also includes being a professor in orthopedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Division Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Services, Children’s Health Dallas as well as being a member on several different professional medical boards.

Currently, Dr. Rathjen serves as a staff orthopedist and President of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Foundation.

Philip L. Wilson, M.D.

Philip L. Wilson, M.D.Dr. Wilson joins this team with a background in Sports Medicine and orthopedic surgery. Graduating from Baylor University, Dr. Wilson then went on to receive his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School with fellowships specializing in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine. Board certified, Dr. Wilson is also professionally affiliated with several different medical boards.

Currently, Dr. Wilson is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Sports Medicine Center in Plano.

United They Will Be

Through different backgrounds, history, and specialties, our newest Assistant Chiefs of Staff will come together to form a strong team. Just like TSRHC is dedicated to the health and happiness of children guided by specific core values, our new Assistant Chiefs of Staff will strive for that and even more.

April & May Special Events

Save the Date for the following events benefiting TSRHC in April & May. For more information or questions about any of these events, please contact our Special Events Department at (214) 559-7656.

April 18 – ACM Dierks Bently Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert

The 2015 leading male American Country Music (ACM) Award nominee Dierks Bentley will host the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert on Saturday, April 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music, and local charities including Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton CountyTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for ChildrenBikers Against Child Abuse, and 444 Angel. Read more

April 25 – 2nd Annual Sonny Bryan’s “It’s in the Sauce” Celebrity Chef Barbecue Competition

For the second year in a row, TSRHC has been selected as one of the charities benefiting from this year’s cook-off. Using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event local Chefs Jason Hoffman, Chad Houser, Jeramie Robison, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish. Read more

April 25 – Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo and Child Safety Day

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Rotary Club of Dallas will partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to host the 14th annual Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day gives children from around the Dallas community the opportunity to learn about safety in a fun, family environment. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day is free of charge to all participants, so everyone is invited to come and join in the fun! Read more

April 25 – Emi’s Color Shoot

TSRHC patient Emi decided she wanted to give back to the hospital, and she and her family came up with Emi’s Color Shoot in Amarillo, Texas. This event is open to the public and features shooting sporting clays, horse races, live auction and live music.

For more information,  view event flyer or contact Brian Fleming at (806) 674-6624 or email emicolorshoot@gmail.com.

April 30 – May 3 – Big D Charity Horse Show

This year, the Big D Charity Horse Show will take place Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May 3 at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center in Irving. The Horse Show has been held in the North Dallas community for last 40 years and this will be the 10th year for the show’s events to benefit TSRHC. Read more

May 7 & 8 – Elizabeth Toon Concert & Shootout

Elizabeth Toon Charities (ETC) is founded on the principles of faith, hope and love. They support organizations that provide education, assistance, comfort and therapy to those who have been impacted by abuse, grief, poverty, disabilities or terminal illnesses.

ETC is hosting their 9th annual concert and shootout this May and they have again selected TSRHC as a beneficiary. TSRHC supports both events by providing volunteers. ETC has raised nearly $375,000 for the patients at TSRHC. Read more

May 9 – Farm & Ranch Day

Farm & Ranch Day was started with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service to celebrate Texas agriculture. This is our 17th annual Farm & Ranch Day. TSRHC patients, families and friends are invited to participate in a variety of fun, hands-on activities focusing on various aspects of Texas agriculture. Read more

May 16 – 12th Annual ASA Poker Run and Cook-out (Motorcycle ride)

Established in 2004 by Associated Builders & Contractors, what is now the ASA Poker Run has raised nearly $215,000 for the benefit of patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The funds raised by this event are split between TSRHC and Happy Hill Farm. Read more

Sonny Bryan’s Gears Up For Second Annual ‘It’s In the Sauce’ Celebrity Chef Barbecue Competition

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse announced the line-up of culinary masters who will compete on Saturday, April 25, in the legendary barbecue restaurant’s second annual ‘It’s in the Sauce’ competition, a flavorful fundraiser to benefit four Dallas non-profit organizations. Chefs Jason Hoffman, Chad Houser, Jeramie Robison, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event at LOOK Cinemas from 11 am to 1 pm.

2nd Annual Its in the Sauce copyThe participating charities include Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Susan G. Komen Dallas County, Vogel Alcove and Youth with Faces. Barbecue-lovers and spectators alike can purchase a ticket in advance at www.sonnybryans.com and at the door for $20. Attendees can then sample all four creations and cast a vote by placing their ticket in their favorite’s ballot box. Each vote also adds a $20 donation to the chef’s chosen charity, but the non-profit represented by each chef will not be revealed until all votes are cast. The chef who receives the most tickets will receive an additional $5,000 from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for the charity of his choice.

Clarice Tinsley, FOX 4 News anchor/reporter, will serve as emcee, and the event will feature fun for the whole family with live music, a face painter, balloon maker and more!

The Chefs

Jason Hoffman: Jason Hoffman serves as Executive Culinary Manager of LOOK Cinemas and IVY Kitchen.  Jason came to LOOK Cinemas from Rave Cinemas where he held the title of Corporate Food and Beverage Manager.  Prior to his time at Rave, he held multiple positions with Consilient Restaurants in the Dallas area, including Executive Chef of Hibiscus, opening AGM and Kitchen Operations Coordinator of The Porch, and Managing Partner of Cuba Libre.  He also spent 12 years as Kitchen Manager with Hillstone Restaurant Group.  Jason has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.  He has been very active in civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Christian Community Action. Supporting him in his career is his wife Lisa, and two sons, ages 11 and 14.

Chad Houser: After 17 years as a chef, Chad sold his partnership of Parigi Restaurant to devote his full attention the role of Executive Director of Café Momentum in 2012. His charisma and passion to teach life, social and employment skills to Dallas’ most at-risk youth that makes Houser a hit with everyone from philanthropists and dinner-goers to the young men participating in the program. Chad has received multiple nominations from D Magazine and most recently was named as one of the United States Junior Chamber’s Outstanding Young Americans, a “Top 50 Under 40” by the Social Enterprise Alliance, an “Urban Innovator to Watch” by the New Cities Foundation, as one of “30 Most Interesting People in the Metro Area” by the Dallas Observer, and one of Good Magazine’s “Good 100.” Café Momentum’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant and classroom space opened in January on Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas.

Jeramie Robison: As a native Louisianan, Jeramie’s passion for food is deeply rooted in the south.  He learned the ins and outs of southern cooking from his parents in his hometown of Ruston.  At 18 Jeramie left Ruston to attend Johnson and Wells in Denver.  His first job out of school was at the Mansion under Chef John Tesar, which led to working in New York for Chef David Burke at Fishtail and then at Restaurant Cinq in Houston’s boutique hotel La Colombe’Or.ccHe learned to love Japanese food and culture while working as chef de cuisine at Austin’s critically acclaimed Uchi.  He is now serving as the executive chef at Shinsei.  Jeramie and his wife just welcomed their first child.

Tre Wilcox: Wilcox worked his way up the culinary ranks through good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears. By the age of 29 he earned a 5 star review at Abacus, where he served as chef de cuisine. He appeared on Top Chef (Season 3) and on Iron Chef America. Twice nominated for the “Rising Star Chef “award by the James Beard Foundation, Wilcox was also named Best Chef by the Dallas Morning News after opening Village Marquee Grill in Highland Park Village in 2011. As an award-winning chef and television personality, Wilcox began to expand on his other gift, sharing his passion for food through teaching. He used the three letters of his first name as an acronym for good cooking, Techniques, Recipes & Execution, and TRE Cooking Concepts was born.

Join us rain or shine!  For more information, visit www.sonnybryans.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors

 Bruce S. Chandler Photography, Ducky-Bob’s and LOOK Cinemas

About Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Since 1958, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse has served up melt-in-your-mouth barbecue and heaping helpings of hospitality. The Dallas-based family of restaurants has seven locations in the DFW Metroplex. Sonny Bryan’s has served U.S. Presidents, entertainers, sports legends and other famous patrons, in addition to loyal fans who can’t get enough of the company’s legendary barbecue. Sonny Bryan’s is committed to serving the community through donations of food and financial support to non-profit organizations. In addition to restaurants, Sonny Bryan’s also runs a full-service catering division for special events and corporate meetings. Visit www.sonnybryans.com for a complete list of locations and menus. Get the latest news and offers from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Facebook and Twitter.

About LOOK Cinemas

Dallas-based LOOK Cinemas offers state-of-the-art theatres featuring luxurious reserved seating, as well as signature restaurants. You can LOOK & Dine in our dine-in theatres with full food and beverage service; savor handcrafted cocktails and light fare with your movie in The Lofts; stretch out in one of our three spacious seating options in the Living Rooms; or enjoy our largest screens paired with power recliners and Dolby Atmos sound in Evolution. LOOK Cinemas is located on Beltline Road at the intersection of Prestonwood Road in north Dallas.  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Child Life Spotlight: Empowering children and families to master challenges in health care

For more than 30 years, TSRHC has enlisted the services of our Child Life department as a way to treat the “whole child” and make sure each patient is having a positive experience at the hospital. Through this spotlight we hope you will understand a bit more about the field of Child Life and also learn how you can contact this department for your next visit to TSRHC.

What is Child Life?

Andrea Brown - staff, Tylan McCallister - pt

Child Life Specialists (CLS) 
focus on the social, emotional, developmental and educational needs of children and teenagers in the hospital setting. To help reduce fear and promote coping during the visit, a CLS can provide the following services to your child:

 

 

  • Prepare and support the patient for medical procedures
  • Educate them about their diagnosis
  • Teach coping techniques to use during medical experiences
  • Engage in medical play
  • Provide outlets for self-expression
  • Support for brothers and sisters

Being Admitted to the Hospital?

Staying at the hospital can sometimes be stressful. Children may be nervous, worried, have questions and/or
have behavioral changes prior to a hospitalization.

  • A CLS will meet with your child on admission day to provide age- appropriate preparation for their hospitalization and answer any questions they may have.
  • Pre-admission tours are an extra service available to your child. These can be beneficial to help alleviate nervousness prior to admission day.

Here for a Clinic Appointment?

Coming to the hospital for a clinic appointment can be stressful, too! If your child is nervous or has questions about coming to their appointment, a CLS can help prepare the child by answering questions as well as be present for the following:

  • Cast removal
  • Radiology procedure
  • IV placement
  • 
Lab draw
  • Surgery discussion
  • Joint injection
  • Radiology procedure (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, VCUG, etc)
  • Anything potentially stressful

Who Makes up the Team?

Child Life Specialists are professionals who are certified through the Child Life Council. They hold bachelors and/or masters degrees in child development, psychology, or a related field. Their training includes a specialized internship in a pediatric hospital setting. Other team members include Activity Coordinators, who have a background in child development. Volunteers assist the Activity Coordinators in organizing patient activities in the inpatient playroom.

Meet Our Child Life Team

Andrea Brown, BS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Cassandra James, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Mellina McCormick, BS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Brianne Odom, BS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Paige Legan, BS, Child Life Activity Coordinator
Sarah Coury-Rios, MME, Child Life Activity Coordinator

How to Contact Child Life

Dominiqe Ramirez - pt, Paige Legan - staff, Diamond Morgan - ptAs a parent or caregiver, you can request that any hospital staff member contact a Child Life Specialist to meet with your child during their appointment.

To schedule a visit with a Child Life Specialist or a pre-admission tour, please contact the Child Life team. Call 214-559-7795 or email child.life@tsrh.org.

 

Patient Family Testimonial

TSRHC Photos Selected for National Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit

Three photographs by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children photographers Sarah Lassen and Lee Baker were selected for inclusion in the 2015 Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit, a national competition administered by the Children’s Hospital Association. The exhibit, comprised of powerful images of brave patients, supportive families and compassionate health care providers, celebrates children’s hospitals’ commitment to the health of all children.

These photos were chosen from more than 250 photographs submitted by 57 children’s hospitals across the country by a distinguished panel of judges representing Parents magazine, The Exposure Group, The National Portrait Gallery, American University’s School of Communications and the Children’s Hospitals Today editorial advisory group.

The Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit will be on display to the general public June 15 -16 in the foyer of the Rayburn House Building and the week of June 22 in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington, D.C. In addition the exhibit will travel around the country for the two years displaying at children’s hospitals and partnering organizations in support of a wide variety of outreach efforts and events.

Congratulations to Sarah and Lee on their beautiful award-winning images! Visit the Children’s Hospitals website to view the entire 2015 exhibit.

 

The Doctor-Patient Connection

TSRHC_Photo 2 of 8Along with expert care, a personal touch is one of the hallmarks of treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. In this case, chief of staff Dr. Daniel J. Sucato makes a connection with scoliosis patient Alexandra, 7, of Texarkana, who is receiving halo traction to straighten her spine as much as possible before surgery. TSRHC is a pioneer in the treatment of scoliosis, the most common childhood pediatric orthopaedic condition. In the 1970s, Dr. Tony Herring, then chief of staff, led an aggressive program to develop innovative procedures and implant systems. By the mid-1980s, hospital researchers had developed a surgical method of correction that does not require bracing or casting afterward, reducing a patient’s recovery time. The TSRH® Spinal Implant System™ became the most widely used implant system for spinal deformity correction in the world and has been modified over the years for improved results. At the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research, the staff focuses on determining the genetic causes of scoliosis. They have discovered three genes associated with idiopathic scoliosis, allowing the medical community to form hypotheses to explain what causes the condition and provide tools for further research. The goal is to identify scoliosis earlier, better understand the factors that lead to curve progression and develop better ways to prevent progression and improve surgical treatment.

Photo by Lee Baker  

 

State of the Art

Miguel Rizo - ptIn June, Miguel became the youngest recipient in North Texas of a revolutionary bionic hand called the ‘bebionic’ and the first to be fitted for the device at TSRHC. Only 350 people nationwide have received this new model in the series, the bebionic3, which took three years to create. Manufactured in Leeds, England, by RSLSteeper, it is the most advanced commercially available bionic hand in the world today. The hand is expected to last three to four years and can bear 99 pounds of weight. Surface electrodes pick up signals to control the movement of the hand, which is equipped with complex software programmed for up to 18 different movements. “Now I have no excuse not to write my essays,” Miguel says.

 

Photo by Sarah Lassen  

 

Just Being a Kid

Dylan FanThe TSRHC Therapeutic Recreation department is at the center of the hospital’s approach of treating the whole child. In fact, patients report that camps like the one Dylan attended have been as important to their well being as their medical care. At camps like the one dedicated to hand patients, kids get to meet other children with the same conditions and learn from them. The goal is to foster independence and self-confidence while developing and improving communication and problem solving skills in an enjoyable “can do” setting. The retreat includes fishing, sports, games, arts and crafts, cooking and a ropes course.

Photo by Sarah Lassen  

HeARTS and Project Sunshine Bring Fun to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Ricardo Benitez, Christopher Jones On February 27, 2015, two members of the Dallas Cowboys teamed up with UnitedHealthcare volunteers to throw a Project Sunshine party for the patients and families of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). The party featured a “HeARTS” theme in honor of American Heart Month. Project Sunshine, the non-profit organization behind the event, sponsored games, face painting, crafts, prizes and a photo booth for pictures with the two Cowboys’ stars during the bash. Read on to learn more about the event and its mission to help young patients.

UnitedHealthcare and the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and UnitedHealthcare, now the Cowboys’ official community partner, first joined forces in 2011 to raise awareness about chronic disease prevention and healthy living. The partnership focuses especially on childhood obesity and diabetes. In 2014, UnitedHealthcare worked with the Cowboys’ Rookie Club — an outreach program that introduces the team’s newest players to the joy of giving back to the community — to throw a similar party at Texas Scottish Rite. This year, safeties Barry Church, signed by the Cowboys in 2010, and J.J. Wilcox, drafted by the Cowboys in 2013, visited the hospital for the HeARTS party.

The Party’s Sponsor: Project Sunshine

Sarah Wall, Andrea Hunter, Kim Filosi - Project SunshineProject Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that offers free educational, social and recreational programs to children dealing with medical problems. UnitedHealthcare began its relationship with Project Sunshine in 2010. Since then, more than 13,200 UnitedHealthcare volunteers have brightened the lives of more than 23,000 young patients and their families. These volunteers have made more than 63,000 arts and crafts kits and 18,300 Sunny Grams — special greeting cards that offer cheer in hospitals — for children across the nation. The goal of Project Sunshine is to relieve the anxiety associated with medical treatment for kids.

Brightening the Day of More Than 100 Patients

More than 100 of TSRHC’s young patients attended the party with their families. The two Cowboys’ players who attended the party signed autographs and posed for pictures with patients and volunteers. The party’s photo booth offered an array of costumes and props for lighthearted photo ops with the athletes. Judging by the smiles on the faces of the patients that day, the party more than achieved its goal of alleviating some of the stress of treatment.

Third Annual Rock the Rite Benefits TSRHC

When their children were still preschoolers, Dr. Lawson Copley and his wife, Erin, took them to a music store and asked them to pick an instrument. Out of that trip grew Kid Vicious, a classic rock cover band that Bennett, 15 (lead guitar, vocals); Austin, 14 (drums, vocals); and Ellis, 12 (bass, harmonica, vocals) formed in 2006 with their dad and some of their friends.

2015_RockTheRiteFlyer_PrintKid Vicious plays mostly charity events, including the third annual Rock the Rite, a concert that the Copleys organized to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where Dr. Copley is on staff. The show, March 20 in the Cambridge Room at House of Blues, also features the adult acts Sam Swank, Whiskey Pants and Beau MacDougall.

“Rock music keeps them interested,” says Erin Copley. “It keeps them current. Bennett can play Bach on the guitar, but he would rather play Zeppelin…It’s a lifetime skill.”

Dr. Copley, an orthopaedic surgeon at Scottish Rite Hospital, comes from a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher and is musical director at her church. Before they started rocking, the Copley children received classical training on the piano. Dr. Copley was an early member of the band.

The group also includes Olivia Jennings, 16, on lead vocals; her brother Brian, 14, on keyboards; and Logan Beutel, 14, on rhythm guitar. They have performed at Parish Episcopal School, the Hockaday School, the Dallas Marathon, Sons of Hermann Hall, the Kessler Theater and the Copleys’ annual home music festival.

The band’s major influences include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, the Clash, Garbage and Radiohead.

“We cover their songs because imitation is the best form of flattery,” Bennett says. “We love to play live and do our very best to entertain. Come check us out, but prepare to get your mind blown.”

Rock the Rite began as a way to bring new supporters to Scottish Rite Hospital, Erin Copley says. The nonprofit hospital holds more than 250 fundraising events a year, but none of them is like a Kid Vicious show.

Last year’s Rock the Rite raised more than $14,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital. Tickets for this year’s show benefiting the hospital, which are $38 including service charges, are available online at Live Nation.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 7:30.

TSRHC Hip Patient Families Connect Play Date via Facebook

At TSRHC, we take pride in treating the “whole child” – mind, body and spirit, with ancillary services that include child life programs, individualized physical therapy and in-house specialists in anesthesiology, pharmacy, radiology and psychology. We also have specialized sports and recreational programs that encourage socialization and bonding among peers.

Hip Dysplasia Playgroup_02It’s very often that our patient’s experience at TSRHC will go far beyond medical treatment – we hope you make yourself right at home.

And that was exactly what three mothers who share the common bond of raising toddlers with hip dysplasia did. They found each other via Facebook and created a play date on familiar grounds — in TSRHC’s atrium.

The three patients are all being treated in TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders and are currently in spica casts, which are body casts that are typically used after surgery to help immobilize the hips and thighs.

One mom said, “It has been wonderful to connect with other families who are experiencing the same journey, and Facebook has been great for that but it can’t compare to meeting people in real life and sharing stories, diagnoses, surgery experiences, spica cast care tips, and other lessons learned. I organized the play date for my daughter so she could see other kids in casts that are like her, and I think I probably got more out of it than she did. These moms are amazing.”

Marlee Cole, Evan Hinojosa, Virigina SorrowIn addition to connecting with other patient families via Facebook, TSRHC’s Family Resource Center has a Peer Support Program that connects TSRHC families who have children with the same medical condition or who have had the same procedure. For more information, please contact our Family Resource Center at (214) 559-7573 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7573, or email frc@tsrh.org.

What If We Could Prevent All Injuries in Youth Sports? – TSRHC Sports Medicine Center

UntitledParents, youth sports administrators and the sports medical community are working together to reduce injuries in youth sports. So is our team at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Sports Medicine Center. We recently participated in the 6th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas hosted by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, a division of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Together, more than 100 sports medicine experts from across the country and parents of young athletes talked about myths and challenging topics in sports injury prevention.  Our own Shane Miller, M.D., gave his perspective as a pediatrician with fellowship training in sports medicine.

“To move forward with injury prevention, we must keep working together,” Dr. Miller explains.

How can you help prevent youth sports injuries?

Parents – here’s what you can do now:

  • Take your son or daughter to the primary care provider for required sports physicals.
  • Know your family medical history and answer honestly on physical questionnaires.
  • Encourage your athlete by cheering from the sideline, not coaching.
  • Ask your athlete if he/she wants you to provide critique and suggestions.
  • Encourage good sleep and eating habits.
  • Talk openly about the dangers of consuming energy drinks and supplements.
  • Learn or help develop emergency action plans for teams and venues where kids play sports.

Coaches – here’s what you can do now:

  • Listen to your athlete’s complaints, don’t ignore them.
  • Recognize when an athlete is fatigued. Injury rates increase with fatigue.
  • Communicate with your team’s parents.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship.
  • Teach proper technique and rules, these are known to reduce risk of injury.
  • Promote having fun, this can reduce burnout for coaches and players.
  • Encourage proper hydration in all seasons of training.

Our TSRHC Sports Medicine Center team is committed to reducing sports injuries for your young athletes and providing you with tools to do the same.  Follow us to keep up with the latest in sports injury prevention.