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
Along 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
In 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
The 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