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Join Us In Our Own Backyard: Treasure Street is October 16

Nothing brings together friends, families and neighbors like a backyard party, especially one that benefits the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

TS_TexasMonthlyAdWe hope you’ll join us Thursday, October 16, when we host a celebration as big as the great outdoors — the 19th annual Treasure Street, our signature fundraising event. Stroll the hospital grounds under the strands of twinkling lights, dine on fresh farm-to-picnic-table delights and dance under the stars. Let us treat you to sweet s’mores around a crackling fire and the hospitality of TSRHC, a world renowned pediatric orthopaedic hospital, right here, in your own backyard.

TSRHC is excited to have Janie & Judge Joe Ashmore as the 2014 Treasure Street Honorary Event Chairmen and Rick & Lori Ashmore Peters as the 2014 Treasure Street Event Chairmen.

As far as food and entertainment, Chef Kent Rathbun will serve as the 2014 Treasure Street Chef Chairman and the event will feature special live music entertainment by Emerald City Band!

2012-TreasureStreet-logoPurchase tickets online here.

RSVP and share the event with your Facebook friends! Stay tuned for more updates about this year’s event including auction items and special announcements!

 

TSRHC Hosts 10th Annual Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot

More than 200 supporters participated in the hospital’s 10th annual Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports last Saturday, August 23. The event has raised more than $200,000 for patient care at TSRHC.

RIC_0616 4x3HAmong the participants was TSRHC patient Jace, a 15-year-old competitive shooter from Kingsbury who finished first among juniors at the event. Jace is one of the top shooters on the Texas 4-H circuit and has aspirations to make the U.S. Olympic shooting team. When a diagnosis of scoliosis threatened to sideline him, Jace received corrective surgery at TSRHC.

 

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Emily, a 9-year-old Forney patient who has created more than 200 handmade sock monkeys for TSRHC surgical patients through her Emily’s Monkeys program, also attended the clay shoot. In collaboration with Hatco, Inc., Emily donated two hats designed by the company to the event’s live auction, and her father, Josh, brought 24 shooters and dozens of volunteers to be part of “Team Emily.”

Former patient Daniel Massey

 

Former TSRHC patient Daniel Massey, 41, of Austin also participated in the clay shoot.  Born without arms or legs, Daniel is a role model for anyone facing adversity. You can learn more about Daniel in his patient story video on our YouTube channel.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting event! For more information and photos from the event, visit www.tsrhc.org/clayshoots.

View a photo slideshow from the Dallas Morning News.

Bringing Comfort one Quilt at a Time: The Irving Quilt Guild

Patients in hospitals are usually getting all of the physical care they need, but another one of the most important elements of a successful recovery is comfort. A group of local volunteers known as the Irving Quilt Guild decided to make patients’ happiness their priority, and they’ve been making quilts ever since.

The History

In 1998, a few avid quilters decided to make use of their love for quilting, and started the Irving Quilt Guild.  Instead of simply quilting for fun, these active citizens started donating their quilts to three separate causes, and together they are improving the lives of many patients.

Today, the guild is made up of nearly 100 members, and they focus on three main projects:

  1. Baby blankets for newborns in need
  2. Quilts for servicemen and women
  3. Angel Quilts for the patients at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Angel Quilts

The angel quilt project focuses on cheering up young patients with colorful quilts to cuddle. The bright quilts liven up their hospital stay and bring happiness to children who have a lot to handle.

Each child receives their Angel Quilt after waking up from surgery, and it presents a memorable way to celebrate the exciting moment when these young patients are reunited with their parents.  Instead of the fearful memory of surgery, children are given a loving gift from a caring neighbor.

The guild has been able to donate 260 quilts, and with your help they can donate even more.  For more information visit their website and start comforting young patients today!

TSRHC Fits First Patient with Advanced Bionic Hand

TSRHC patient Miguel, age 18, of Garland, Texas, became the hospital’s first patient to be fitted with a revolutionary bionic hand, called the bebionic. He is also the youngest to receive the device in North Texas and one of only 350 recipients in the U.S.

Miguel Rizo - ptMiguel received the latest version of the device — the bebionic3, which took three years to create. The manufacturer, RSLSteeper, based in Leeds, England, describes it as the most advanced commercially available bionic hand in the world today. “One reason we chose this specific hand is because of its durability,” TSRHC prosthetist Steve Ronde explains.

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. This specialized prosthetic was funded by a gift from the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball.

BeBionic HandMiguel anticipates doing things he couldn’t do before being fitted with the new device. “Now I have no excuse not to write my essays,” he laughs. “I feel blessed and grateful to be the first one at Scottish Rite receiving this hand.”

**This article was featured in our 2014 Volume 2 Rite Up Magazine

Latest Rite Up Magazine – 2014 Issue 2

Our latest Rite Up Magazine, the hospital’s quarterly newsletter, has been released. Take a few minutes to catch up on the latest news and events at TSRHC.

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Click to view magazine.

Issue Highlights Include:
Our cover story, Opening Doors, introduces you to Emily, who was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. Last summer, Emily launched a campaign called “Keep Calm Install Handicap Doors.” She sought to get automatic doors installed at her school, but little did she know that with determination her efforts would lead to the installation of 15 electronic doors across six school campuses.

Read about A Legacy of Giving in our Donor Spotlight featuring the Hatfield family. After their son, George Todd, was treated at the hospital, George Hatfield and his wife, Claudette, founded The George and Claudette Hatfield Foundation. Through this foundation, the Hatfield legacy of giving continues to support numerous charities, including Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

And be sure to check out our Trustee Profile highlighting TSRHC Trustee Douglas S. Maxey. In addition to becoming a trustee in 2005, Maxey serves as board chairman of the Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas in Lubbock.  Find out how Maxey is leading with a vision and setting his sights on what’s best for the TSRHC patients.

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.

TSRHC Expands to Frisco

Recognizing the need for a patient access point in the fast-growing northern suburbs, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco!

The new facility, located on 40 acres at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, will initially serve outpatients with clinic visits and day surgery. Patients will still have to visit the Dallas hospital for major surgeries and some other services.

Our original campus at Oak Lawn and Maple will not be changing and will continue its mission of treating patients with orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

“In trying to look at the future and look at how we can impact the community in this new era of health care reform and how we can better serve the families that we are here to take care of, we started looking at areas of the Metroplex that might could help achieve that,” TSRHC President and CEO Robert Walker said in a recent interview with Frisco Community Impact Newspaper.

Stay tuned for updates! Groundbreaking is expected to happen next spring with hopes of opening the new center in 2016. We look forward to meeting our neighbors and patients in the Frisco area!

 

View recent news articles about the new center at the following links:

Dallas Morning News: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to build Frisco campus

Dallas Business Journal: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital buys 40 acres in Frisco for new facility

Frisco Community Impact Newspaper: Scottish Rite to build branch facility in Frisco

D Healthcare Daily: Scottish Rite Buys 40 Acres in Frisco for Planned Expansion 

TSRHC Unveils Renovated Allan Shivers Park!

After months of construction and a $1.9 million renovation, the beautifully redesigned Allan Shivers Park reopened in June and is officially available to be enjoyed by all patients and families who visit TSRHC.

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The redesign replaces the park’s 22-year-old structures with multiple state-of-the-art play areas and adds a sidewalk along Welborn Street that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Not only has the park served as a recreational haven for children and a welcome respite during their time at the hospital, but it has also been a venue for birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and family gatherings for community members,” said Robert L. Walker, TSRHC president/CEO.

New park features include increased shading and an inclusive play principle that allows children with or without disabilities to enjoy the park. The multiple textures, colors and sounds of the new structures encourage cognitive growth through imaginative, interactive play.

Rowan Fitzsimmons - pt“The park represents an extension of the beliefs we hold here at the hospital – that investing in the wellbeing of children and families in our community makes a difference,” Walker said.

View an article and photos from the Dallas Morning News during a special dedication ceremony on Saturday, August 9: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital unveils new ‘gateway’ park

TSRHC Patients Give Back – Summer 2014

At TSRHC, we are very lucky to have generous friends that support the hospital’s mission to treat patients regardless of the family’s ability to pay. But what is truly special is when these generous friends happen to be patients. Here are three recent and unique stories about our patients giving back to TSRHC!

Crawfish for the Curve

Rowan Fitzsimmons - ptTSRHC patient Rowan, age 8 of Dallas, and her family held their second annual crawfish boil, Crawfish for the Curve, at their house in Dallas this spring. The proceeds were used to buy three mini iPads for the hospital and the rest of the money was donated to TSRHC as well. The event has raised $7,700 over the past two years!

Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy 5K Walk / Barrel Race

LEE_0207ACandy Schulz and her three children, a TSRHC patient family, organized and held the second annual Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy 5K Walk in Alvarado, Texas on Saturday, March 29. The 5K Walk commenced from the Town Square in Alvarado.

This year, a second event was hosted by the Schulz family, a barrel racing contest on May 17. Combined, the events raised $10,000 for TSRHC! The proceeds from both events were used to help underwrite the 2014 Farm & Ranch Day event held for our patient families and friends at Reverchon Park on Saturday, May 17.

Addison’s Birthday Wish

LEE_1072ATSRHC patient Addison, age 7 of Rockwall, made a special birthday wish to raise money for the hospital that has treated her since she was just 5 days old. Her initial goal was to reach $1,000, but after she received an overwhelming response on her first day she decided to increase her goal to $4,000! Addison and her family came to TSRHC on July 31 to donate the $4,200 that Addison raised through sharing her “Birthday Wish” sign in her neighborhood.

Thank you to all of these inspiring kids and to all of the friends that support TSRHC!

Crayon Club to Host Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21

Join TSRHC’s Crayon Club for an inspirational Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21.

Enjoy a very special presentation from TSRHC Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Daniel Sucato has been on staff at TSRHC since 1998. He serves as Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research. He is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Sucato is internationally known for his expertise in pediatric orthopaedics and has delivered dozens of presentations worldwide.

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Location
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

Time
6 p.m. – Reception and Hospital Tours
7 p.m. – Dinner and Program

Please RSVP by August 18 to specialevents@tsrh.org

Crayon Club was established to unite individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children. Together, through volunteerism, education and philanthropy, Crayon Club supports the mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information about Crayon Club and upcoming events, visit www.tsrhc.org/crayon-club or follow our Facebook page.

 

TSRHC Welcomes Dr. Amy L. McIntosh to Orthopaedic Staff

Dr. Amy L. McIntosh, who was an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a 2006-2007 orthopaedic fellow at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC), joined the TSRHC medical staff on August 1.Amy McIntosh - WC copy

A native of Gladstone, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, McIntosh graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. She received her medical degree at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

McIntosh has relocated to Dallas with her husband, Rich, and their children, Quincy and Campbell.

McIntosh says she couldn’t imagine leaving the Mayo Clinic for anyplace other than TSRHC. “The mission to provide high-quality care regardless of the patient family’s ability to pay is important to me.”

Read more about her on our website.

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Welcome to TSRHC, Dr. McIntosh!