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Most Valuable “Patient” Leads His Team to State Basketball Title

For the past four years, patient Darius, age 18 of Lancaster, has had his eye on a specific goal – the basketball goal. When he was a high school freshman, his mom surprised him with a basketball and hoop for their home. Darius practiced religiously and became a phenomenal shooter, despite having a congenital hand difference.

Darius“He was leery about trying out for his high school team,” says Darius’ mom, Sequilla. “He could shoot but he couldn’t always get a good grip to catch the ball.”

Darius made the Lancaster Tigers Basketball team and worked countless hours to overcome the obstacles his hand difference presented. He advanced to the varsity team as a junior and became a starter and team captain his senior year.

“Darius has been an inspiration and a strong leader,” says Coach Ferrin Douglas. “The team doesn’t even notice his disability.”

When the Tigers made the state tournament this past spring, he helped lead his team to a second consecutive state title and was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was also named to the 2016 All-Tournament team.

“I could not sit down the entire fourth quarter,” Sequilla says. “I had tears in my eyes thinking about all he went through.”

“When they announced my name as MVP, I cried tears of joy,” Darius says. “It felt good to know that I had helped my team.”

Darius graduated in May and is now pursuing basketball at Texas A&M Prairie View.

“I told him, ‘God chooses people for different reasons. There may come a time when your story helps someone else,” Sequilla says.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Gianna, age 7 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Gianna!

GiannaGianna, age 7, of Hurst, came to Scottish Rite Hospital for the first time when she was less than two weeks old. She was born with a congenital hand difference.

Because of the world-renowned care she has received from the hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center, Gianna enjoys pursuing her passion for music. She is a member of the Suzuki Strings program at her school, where she plays the bass. Science is another field of interest for Gianna, who hopes to be a science teacher someday. She is a pleasure to be around, and when she becomes a teacher she will undoubtedly create a caring, nurturing atmosphere for her students. When Gianna visits the hospital, she says the staff makes her feel special; and that’s undoubtedly how she will make the runners feel as she cheers them on at the Dallas Marathon!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Gianna and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Hydration Tips for Young Athletes Training in Cool Environments – Sports Medicine

It is easy to just think about hydration as a method of cooling the body in hot training environments. However, water does much more than cool you down. For example, staying properly hydrated helps your heart and blood vessels pump oxygen to your muscles and when you’re training. Therefore, we want athletes of all ages to remember to hydrate, even when you’re not hot.

Here are some key messages for young athletes training and competing in the cold:

  • 2014-Marathon-Race-Day_SA053In cooler weather, you may not feel thirsty. This does not mean your body does not need water. Look for creative ways to hydrate on heavy training days. Fruits and broth soups are great ways to add fluids to the menu.
  • Make the temperature of the water comfortable, no need for it to be cold. Many prefer cooler drinks to warm drinks, but room temperature may be easier to drink when it’s cold outside.
  • Drink water before, during and after training and events. The key here is not to try to “catch up” after the event. Spreading out the volume of flud at various stages helps the heart, brain, and muscles stay oxygenated throughout the competition.
  • Sports drinks are recommended for long events lasting more than one hour. The added calories from sweeteners and the additional electrolytes meant to replenish those lost through excessive sweating are generally not recommended for young athletes, unless they are competing at intense levels, in very humid conditions, or in events lasting over an hour. Choose water and look for more natural ways to add flavor with fruit.

Learn more about proper hydration for young athletes here.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

Meet our 2016 Dallas Marathon Junior Race Director, Jax

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Jax, our Junior Race Director!

Screen Shot 2016-11-01 at 10.48.12 AMJax, age 16, is a Junior in high school in Lake Dallas. She is an avid soccer player and came to the Sports Medicine clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children last year with patellar dislocations. Dr. Ellis, a Scottish Rite Hospital surgeon, reconstructed a ligament using her hamstring tendon, and after working hard to fully recover, she is now back to her pre-surgery activities.

Jax is an accomplished soccer player and plays for her high school and a select soccer program. She’s fast, not to mention tough, and plays forward and outside mid. Off the field, Jax loves spending time with her friends and is caring, funny and dependable. After graduating high school, she hopes to get her associates degree at Blinn College and then go to Texas A&M University to begin pursuing a future in sports medicine. Jax is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Scottish Rite Hospital and serve as the 2016 Junior Race Director for this year’s BMW Dallas Marathon.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Jax and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Training Medical Professionals From All Over The World

One of our commitments to pediatric orthopedics is to train future medical professionals. We do this in so many ways. From medical students just beginning their career in medicine to fellows who have chosen a sub-specialty within a certain field, it is important to us that we share our experience and our knowledge to improve the care of all children all over the world. Literally.

Our Assistant Chief of Staff Philip L. Wilson, M.D., completed his training in Auckland, New Zealand at the ADIDAS Sports Medicine Centre. He continues to collaborate with those colleagues. Most recently, they arranged for Chris Ling a young medical student to spend time here in Texas with Dr. Wilson and our team.

We asked Chris to tell us about his experience, here is what he said:

I am medical student in my final year of study at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. One of the highlights of our medical program is the eight-week elective which gives us the opportunity to travel abroad and experience healthcare in another country. There were a number of reasons for me choosing to venture to the United States for an elective in Pediatric Sports Orthopedics. Sports have been a big part of my life growing up and as a result I have always had an interest in Sports Orthopedics. I felt that there was no better place for me to experience Sports Orthopedics than in the United States where sports are ingrained into the fabric of the nation. It would also provide me with a chance to gain an insight into one of the most debated health systems in the world.

IMG_20161005_190711_1I was in for a major cultural shock when I first arrived in Texas from ‘little old New Zealand.’ It took a little while to get used to the Texas slang, portion sizes, sporting culture and most of all the heat! There is the saying that ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and was no more apparent in Dallas where the catch phrase is ‘BIG’. I made an effort to immerse myself in the Texas way of life as much as possible. During my time in Dallas I took trip out to Fort Worth, experienced the atmosphere of the Cowboys Stadium, got a taste of the famous Texas barbeque and sampled the deep fried delicacies of the Texas State Fair.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Sports Medicine team at Scottish Rite Hospital’s North Campus. They were a great bunch of people to work with and made me feel a part of their big family. I learned a great deal during my elective and I was impressed by the teaching culture at TSRHC. Dr. Philip Wilson, Dr. Henry Ellis and the nurse practitioners took the time to explain clinical examination techniques, how to interpret radiological images and the considerations when making treatment decisions. I was able to diagnose children with a wide range of sporting injuries, some of which were novel to me. In New Zealand there is a lack of throwing athletes and gymnasts due to our focus on different types of sports. As a result elbow injuries related to these sports such as osteochondritis dissecans and Medial epicondyle apophysitis rarely occur in New Zealand athletes. I admired Scottish Rite Hospital’s commitment to provide treatment for all families, regardless of financial situation, with the provision of the Crayon Care Program.

FB_IMG_1477058431624We are so pleased that Chris enjoyed his experience at Scottish Rite Hospital. He shared his perspective with our team reminding us that access to specialty care is so valuable for young athletes. He hopes to share his lessons learned with his peers and mentors as he returns to New Zealand to continue training in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

November: Cameron’s Moment to Shine


Meet Cameron, age 4, of Corpus Christi.

My Defining Moment:

Cameron’s mom, Meredith: We came to TSRHC for developmental hip dysplasia. Cameron’s left hip was completely out of its socket.

My Moment to Remember:

Everybody there is so supportive and makes Cameron’s care the priority. She also loved the chocolate ice cream after surgery. J

My Moment to Shine:

Soccer is Cameron’s new favorite thing. I don’t think she would’ve been able to do that without treatment from TSRHC.

Give a Patient like Cameron a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $50 pays for a Pavlik harness, a fabric brace used to treat children with developmental dysplasia of the hip. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders, please visit

Scottish Rite Hospital breaks ground on new North Campus

Groundbreaking celebration draws a crowd of 250, plans for new facility are unveiled

The groundbreaking celebration for the North Campus of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was an invitation-only event that drew a crowd of more than 250 friends, trustees, patients and their families, Frisco representatives and hospital staff. Visitors walked through a visual timeline of Scottish Rite Hospital’s 95-year history before arriving at the groundbreaking ceremony in Frisco, Texas.

Groundbreaking_blogScottish Rite Hospital’s North Campus, expected to open in fall 2018, is being designed and built by The Beck Group and HKS Architects. It will be located on 40 acres at the Northeast corner of Lebanon Road and Dallas North Tollway. The five-story, 345,000-square-foot campus will have a footprint of approximately 10 acres. The hospital is hoping to fulfill a growing need for patient care in the rapidly growing area of North Texas. Currently, approximately 25 percent of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s patient population comes from cities north of Dallas, so it hopes to ease some of the travel burden on current patients as well.

The new facility will be an ambulatory care center that will offer clinics and day-surgeries for children with orthopedic issues. The campus will be anchored by its Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, led by Philip L. Wilson, M.D. and will provide specialized treatment for sports-related orthopedic conditions and concussions. The new fracture clinic, currently located in Plano, will also relocate to the North Campus. It provides walk-in services for patients without a physician referral or an appointment. In addition, the campus will be proactive with an educational outreach program to improve athletic safety within schools and sports teams.

The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility that includes a movement science center, physical and occupational therapy services and outdoor amenities including playing fields, a walking and running trail and a playground park for patients and the community.

“We are excited to be coming to Frisco, where we will continue to give children back their childhood in this vibrant community,” said Robert L. Walker, Scottish Rite Hospital president and CEO.

“What Scottish Rite Hospital is bringing to our community is really important,” said Mayor Maher Maso, “We are so pleased to have the hospital as a community partner, helping create a bright future for our city and our children.”

Included in the groundbreaking event was the kick off of Scottish Rite Hospital’s Centennial Celebration, which will lead up to its 100th anniversary in 2021. The theme of this celebration, Boundless, was developed by The Richard’s Group and represents the hospital’s focus on continuing to grow and advance as a world renowned organization, with no bounds or limits, for the next one hundred years.

For more information about our North Campus, visit

Read local media coverage:

Community Impact Newspaper // Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children breaks ground on Frisco campus

Dallas Morning News // Scottish Rite begins work on new 5-story medical center on 40 acres in Frisco

Dallas Business Journal // Texas Scottish Rite Hospital plants roots in Frisco

KRLD News Radio Audio Excerpt // Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Breaks Ground On Frisco Campus

D Magazine – Healthcare Daily // Scottish Rite Breaks Ground on its Frisco Expansion

Healthcare Design // Scottish Rite Hospital Unveils Plans For New Facility

CultureMap Dallas // Renowned children’s hospital makes Frisco even more family-friendly with new location

Frisco Enterprise // Scottish Rite breaks ground on care center

Sports Medicine MVP – Trinity

Trinity has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was an infant. Under the care of Dr. Daniel Sucato, Trinity was treated without surgery, for hip dysplasia. For many years, she had no symptoms or problems, but in her very active life, she began to have hip pain and Dr. Sucato referred her to Dr. Henry Ellis. His expertise in treating young athletes with hip problems was just what she needed. He performed a hip arthroscopy to treat a labral tear. She is recovering and is back to her activities without pain.

Trinity MVP

What is your favorite thing about playing sports?
The competition and adrenaline – not worrying about anything else but being in the moment.

What sport do you play?
I play golf, cross-country, baseball and soccer.

What is the best thing about playing on a team?
The fact that you are with a group of people just as crazy about the sport as you. Also, how it teaches you life skills, like working together that allow you to be a better team member.

What do you like to do when you’re not playing sports?
Mainly eating and sleeping but also playing with my sisters or catching a movie. I also love to read, I’m a huge book nerd.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History, I love American history and how people would do things without the technology we have today.

What is one sport you don’t play that you would like to try?
Lacrosse actually seems like a really cool sport to play. It’s kind of like baseball and soccer together. It just looks fun!

What is one thing you have learned through playing sports?
That it is a great way to mature and learn to be responsibly with your time. It also allows you to be challenged and I’m very competitive.

For more information about our Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, visit

Learn More About Our Fracture Clinic Walk-In Hours

In many cases, a visit to your pediatrician, urgent care or emergency room is your first stop when your child is hurt. If you are told to follow-up with a pediatric orthopedic specialist for a fracture, you can come to the Scottish Rite Hospital Fracture Clinic during our convenient walk-in hours. Fracture Clinic is open Monday – Friday. Bring your X-ray images on a disc and arrive at our North Campus between 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. No appointment needed.

If you have not had X-rays for the child’s new injury, that is okay too. Parents can call 469-515-7200 to request an appointment.

For more information about our Fracture Clinic, please visit

Scottish Rite Hospital Welcomes Sharon Riley to Executive Team

Sharon Riley_webSharon Riley has joined the staff of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as its newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President. Riley came from health care consulting at Larson Riley Associates. Before that, she was CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Vice President for University hospitals, UT Southwestern Medical Center. She arrived at UT Southwestern after five years as COO at Anne Arundel Health System in Annapolis, Maryland.

She is actively involved in the community and has been involved in Board work at both the local and national level. Riley is a member of the International Women’s Foundation and Texas Women’s Ventures and has been active with the American Heart Association where she has served as Chair of the Go Red for Women lunch and been involved in Cotes du Coeur.

With a track record of improving patient care and satisfaction, Riley has developed an expertise in creating collaborative work environments, where a strategic vision can guide teams through the process of generating positive results and organizational excellence.

Riley is looking forward to the opportunities she will have at the hospital, “Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a wonderful organization with a vital mission. I have known and admired the outstanding care and amazing culture here for many years. I am extremely pleased to join the team and look forward to being a part of the work this great organization is doing on behalf of children.”

“Sharon’s experience and drive make her an absolute asset to the team,” said Robert L. Walker, Scottish Rite Hospital President and CEO. “We’re excited to bring her on board and look forward to the insights she will bring to this organization.”

Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Welcome to Scottish Rite Hospital, Sharon!