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The Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge is Back!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, every donation of $25 made to TSRHC beginning Monday, March 6 will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Cafe gift cards (up to $1,000 per donor).

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All proceeds from the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge directly benefit Scottish Rite Hospital and allow the hospital to provide world-class medical care to kids, regardless of any family’s ability to pay. With the help of our great friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe and dedicated donors like you, we can continue in our mission, bringing health, hope and happiness to thousands of children. We greatly appreciate your support!

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Molecular Genetics Team Awarded National Institutes of Health Grants

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is world-renowned for its patient care, research and education. Over the years, our physicians and researchers have made groundbreaking discoveries that have enlightened our understanding of medical conditions to improve our patient care. In particular, the Division of Molecular Genetics has made innovative contributions to the hospital’s scoliosis research.

Genetics Lab 2017 _15Carol Wise, Ph.D., Director of Molecular Genetics and Basic Science Research, has led this division of the hospital in the discovery of several genetic factors associated with idiopathic scoliosis, the most common spinal deformity in children. Since that breakthrough, Dr. Wise and her team have continued their commitment to understand this complex disease through various research efforts.

Recently, Dr. Wise and Jonathan Rios, Ph.D., also a member of Scottish Rite Hospital’s Molecular Genetics team, were awarded three NIH (National Institutes of Health) grants, totaling over $7 million to fund research in idiopathic scoliosis. Two awards were received from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

The first grant will fund a program titled “Developmental Mechanisms of Human Idiopathic Scoliosis”. It will be shared with two other investigators at two other institutions including, Liliana Solnica-Krezel, Ph.D., at Washington University, and Nadav Ahituv, Ph.D., at the University of California, San Francisco over a span of five years. The goal of this research is to identify genetic risk factors in idiopathic scoliosis and to define the mechanisms by which these factors predispose children to spinal deformity.

The second grant awarded to Dr. Wise will fund an international meeting that will be held at Scottish Rite Hospital in March. The “Genomic Approaches to Understanding and Treating Scoliosis” conference will bring together physicians and researchers from across the world to present and synthesize latest discoveries in scoliosis research.

The third grant was awarded to Dr. Rios from the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program. This grant funds the project “Genomics of Orthopaedic Disease (GOOD for Kids).” The project will use next-generation genomic technologies to discover genetic causes of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).

These highly competitive awards provide researchers at Scottish Rite Hospital the opportunity to continue groundbreaking research that will lead to better care for the children we treat.

Carol Wise, Ph.D., and Jonathan Rios, Ph.D., are professors at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). Dr. Wise is a Professor in the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, Pediatrics, and Orthopedic Surgery and Dr. Rios is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgery.

It’s Like a Science Fair for Healthcare Professionals

Every year, kids try their hand at developing and conducting scientific research for the science fair. From growing mold to creating electrical circuits, they define their hypothesis, develop testing methods, perform the experiment and then thoughtfully consider the results.

At Scottish Rite Hospital, we follow the same steps of the scientific method and continually share our results with our peers. Sometimes, we are even eligible for awards when we present our studies at conferences, just like a local science fair. Our doctors and researchers travel both locally and internationally to present their research findings with the goal of spreading knowledge regarding specific pediatric orthopedic topics.

Recently, our pediatric sports medicine team presented a poster explaining the study and results from a review of sports-related concussion patients at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) Annual Conference in Waco, Texas. This conference is designed to allow young researchers to showcase their work, receive feedback, and learn from experienced sports medicine researchers during lectures and educational events. The poster was considered as a finalist for the event’s “Doctoral Research Poster Award.” Aaron Zynda, research coordinator on the team, says, “It was an honor to be recognized with other researchers in the field of sports medicine and have the opportunity to present.”

The team previously presented preliminary results of this study at the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference in the fall, but this time they focused on results for soccer players. The findings suggest that the soccer players are consistent with the larger group. Thirty seven percent answered yes when asked if they continued to play or returned to play on the same day as their injury. An interesting trend was that in this small group, the girls were more likely to continue or return to play. This behavior puts the athlete at risk of having worse symptoms and a longer recovery.

Co-author Shane M. Miller, M.D. says, “The most important component of clinical research is to find out how to apply the results to the athletes that are under our care and others in the community and across the nation.” He’s on his way to Indianapolis to share the results of the larger study at the Youth Sports Safety Summit next week.

Read more about our work in research, prevention and clinical care for sports-related concussions on our website.

Sam’s Moment – Hip Dysplasia

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Sam loves playing sports. After receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia, he temporarily needed a wheelchair and had to figure out a new way to play. He discovered wheelchair motocross. Flying down ramps, it’s Sam’s moment to be fearless.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/hip-disorders.

Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series – “Looking Back and Looking Forward”

Over the weekend, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children hosted the Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series (POES), “Looking Back and Looking Forward.” This one-day program invites local pediatricians, family practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals to learn from our doctors on various pediatric orthopedic topics.

Several of Scottish Rite Hospital’s doctors presented and led hands-on breakout sessions to give a well-rounded educational program. The experience provided medical professionals the opportunity to learn from the best in pediatric orthopedics. Topics included, musculoskeletal infection, scoliosis, hip, hand, and sports medicine injuries. During the hands-on sessions, attendees were able to watch and practice performing various techniques in splinting upper and lower extremity injuries and applying a pavlik harness for hip dysplasia.

Program Director of POES and Scottish Rite Hospital staff orthopedist, Amy McIntosh, M.D., saw this series as a chance to train local medical professionals about our hospital and how we treat our patients. It is a privilege that as a leader in pediatric orthopedics, we have the opportunity to educate locally to ultimately bring better care to all of the patients treated at Scottish Rite Hospital and the Dallas area.

Return to Sports – Y-Balance Test

Y Balance BlogAfter a significant injury, young athletes like Milik are often very concerned about when they get to go back to sports. As a 12 year old, Milik tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and wanted to go back to basketball. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., reconstructed his ACL and now Milik is back on the courts.

We talked to his mom about his journey to return to sports. She remembers one of the most frustrating moments was when he didn’t pass “the test” the first time. The test she referenced is referring to is called the Y-Balance Test. It is one of several tests we use to determine when an athlete is ready to return to sports. The test evaluates the athlete’s use of his operative leg compared to the normal side to determine if it is able to sustain the stresses of sports.

Milik told us he wishes he had known more about the test before it was time to take it. In fact, other patients have told us that also, so we have created a video to show young athletes early in their recovery process.

Dr. Wilson says, “We want rehabilitation and returning to sports to be a positive experience for young athletes. Most importantly, we want playing sports to be a safe experience and that is why we use evidence based tests like the Y-Balance Test to help determine the right time for each athlete instead of looking at a calendar.”

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Announcing the 2017 Accessible Luxury Chairs

Accessible Luxury 2017 is pleased to announce this year’s Chairs, Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts.

After falling in love with the concept of Royal Blue in Austin, co-owners Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts brought this fabulous grocery store to Dallas in the fall of 2015. The boutique grocer offers everyday essentials, gourmet goodies, Stumptown coffee bar and great wines. Its charming setting has quickly earned itself an irreplaceable spot in Park Cities culture.

DSC_6204_blogEmily Ray-Porter is a highly sought-after real estate professional with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. For the past six years, Emily has been recognized through Dave Perry-Miller and D Magazine for her sales production and dedication to her clients. Emily is passionate about her work with Family Legacy and Naomi’s Village, two organizations dedicated to caring for orphan children in Africa.

Zac Porter is a founding partner of Viceroy Realty Advisors, which provides advisory services and development consulting for mixed-use and high-street properties. Zac is active in the Dallas community and is currently a part of the prestigious Leadership Dallas – Class of 2017. He is past president of Dallas Roundtable and a board member with Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Cullen Potts works as a proprietor of Capital Institutional Services, Inc., an independent brokerage firm founded in 1977. Additionally, he is a real estate investor and serves as director of Family Business Affairs and board director for Capital Institutional Services.

For more information about Accessible Luxury, please visit accessibleluxury.org.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Pedro Rodriguez in Volunteer Services

Meet Pedro, an Evening Volunteer Coordinator who has been working in our Volunteer Services department for the past 3 years. Our Evening Volunteer Program is designed to provide a group activity for inpatients, siblings and family members during the weeknight evenings. Volunteers provide fun and recreation to keep the children’s minds off of their medical care and provide family-oriented activities while they’re at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Get to know Pedro in our Staff Spotlight below.

Pedro, pictured third from the right, with volunteers at Treasure Street.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Hmm…that’s a tough one; there are so many things I love about it. I love getting to hang out and  play different games and do different crafts with our inpatients. It’s great seeing them laugh, smile and forget whatever has brought them to our hospital, even if it’s just for two hours. I love how our volunteers, no matter how busy their lives become, always make time to make huge impacts in our inpatient lives. I literally could not do what I do without them.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

How inviting it is. People who work and volunteer here really do go the extra mile for our patients and their families.

What skills do you need for your job?

I think for my job, you need to be creative, outgoing, jovial, patient, have the ability to laugh at yourself and stay pretty calm. I think for the most part I hit all of those, although sometimes I can be an upside down duck.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

I had my first job at 13. I worked at a country club as a waiter at the pool. I also worked at Starbucks, but I can’t recommend anything, not much of a coffee drinker. Most of my family is in the medical field in some form or fashion, I think with that influence and wanting to work with children brought me to Scottish Rite Hospital.

What is your favorite hospital-related Special Event?

I’m definitely a little biased. With the support I get from my team and the volunteers, the Evening Volunteer Program has created four hospital special events; Drive-In Movie Night, Back-to-School Carnival, Inpatient Night Parade, and our fundraising SPIKE Volleyball Tournament. Last year was our inaugural year and we raised $3,600 for Scottish Rite Hospital!

Inaugural SPIKE Volleyball Tournament hosted by our Evening Volunteers

Inaugural SPIKE Volleyball Tournament hosted by our Evening Volunteers

What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: Anywhere that my friends and family are.
  • Type of food: Tacos- All day, every day!
  • TV show: Who has just one? Definitely something a few seasons in so I can binge.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Telekinesis and Teleportation- you know, save on transportation.

What’s your spirit animal?

Panda

What is something people don’t know about you?

I played the violin for four years

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Anything 90’s

 

To learn more about our Volunteer Program and how to apply, please visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Anthony, age 15 of Fort Worth

Anthony is an active 15 year old from Fort Worth, Texas. In 2008, Anthony had an accident and one of his legs was amputated below the knee. That hasn’t slowed him down. Anthony is very athletic and played on his school basketball team up until this year. He has never been to Colorado and is excited about the chance to try both skiing and snowboarding for the first time. Anthony has signed up to take a class in welding, and he thinks he may want to be a welder when he grows up. He says welding is a combination of art and technology, and that really excites him. Eventually, Anthony thinks he might want to attend Baylor University.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

Nutrition Tips for Young Basketball Players

It is important for young and growing athletes to eat regularly scheduled and well-balanced meals throughout the school day. It’s best to plan ahead for additional snacks and water to make sure the athlete is optimally fueled and hydrated when there is an afterschool sports event.

Here are some tips regarding practice and game day fuel for young basketball players from Taylor Fisher, M.S., R.D., L.D., Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children dietitian.

Use these tips to plan ahead so that your athletes have nutritious choices for their backpacks:

  • Pack a water bottle for sipping throughout the day as well as during and after the event.
  • Take foods that help hydrate (i.e.: grapes, pears, oranges, yogurts).
  • Pack snacks with complex carbohydrates and protein to provide nourishment throughout the school day and after the event (i.e.: chocolate milk, apple slices with string cheese, trail mix).
  • Bring snacks with more easily digested carbohydrates for snacks right before and during the event (i.e.: fresh or dried fruit, applesauce, pretzels, fig bars).

A great way to help your young athletes develop healthy habits is to include them in the planning and shopping for their meals and snacks. Fisher says, “These lessons can instill healthy habits early in life that carry on beyond youth sports and into college and adulthood where they are responsible for their own food and nutrition choices.”

For more information about injury prevention, nutrition and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.