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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!

Santa visited patients at annual “Christmas in July” celebration

Patients at TSRHC received a dose of holiday cheer in the middle of the summer at the annual “Christmas in July” event!

Santa (in red) and Mrs. Clause (in green) arrive at Christmas in July at TSRHC

On Friday, July 25, TSRHC hosted the 15th annual “Christmas in July” celebration for patients and their families. Using their off-season transportation, Santa Claus and Ms. Claus arrived in a Dodge Viper to spread holiday cheer at the hospital and take pictures with patients.

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Patients also had the opportunity to participate in many holiday activities, such as cookie and ornament decorating, garland making and many more holiday crafts. Bread Winners Café graciously donated the cookies and volunteered their time to help the patients decorate them.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Celebrate “Christmas in July”!

 

Local TV Station Spotlights TSRHC’s Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia

WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas recently visited TSRHC to interview doctors and patients about the internationally-recognized Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders.

“Texas has been a leader [in dyslexia programs],” said Dr. Jeffrey Black in an interview with reporter Shelly Slater. “We have laws dedicated just to the problem, so that kids get the right kind of support.”

TSRHC offers that support via an educational outreach program. Teachers are given guidance through seminars and workshops, and parents can join a parent support group. The Dyslexia Training Program and the TSRHC Literacy Program (video curriculums developed at TSRHC) have helped hundreds of thousands of children across the world with dyslexia learn to read.

Building patients’ self esteem

Dyslexia can take a toll on a child’s self-esteem.

“You see your friends who aren’t dyslexic, and things just come easier to them,” said TSRHC patient Caleb Floyd. “You just have to work a little harder.”

Early intervention is vital, not just to help children with dyslexia learn to read, but to help build their self-esteem at school. Instead of feeling disadvantaged compared to other children their age, patients learn that messing up is an important part of the learning process, and that they are just as capable of achieving their goals as anyone else.

A leader in dyslexia programs

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named after Dr. Luke Waites, who founded the program at TSRHC in 1965. Together with a team of doctors from around the globe, the first consensus definition of dyslexia was formulated at TSRHC in 1968.

Since then, the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia has become an international leader in learning disorder research and intervention programs.

Watch the video of the interview with WFAA below, and find out more about dyslexia on our website.

TSRHC and JCPenney to host Seventh Annual Successful Bridges Show

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and J. C. Penney Company, Inc. will host the seventh annual back-to-school style show at JCPenney’s headquarters in Plano on Friday, August 1. Twenty-six spina bifida patients, who are a part of TSRHC’s Successful Bridges Program, will get the chance to showcase the latest back-to-school fashions in hopes of giving them the chance to gain independence, confidence and courage.

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The show provides the means to encourage TSRHC’s patients through a positive self-esteem building event and communicates the message of TSRHC’s Successful Bridges program to the community. The show provides the means to encourage TSRHC’s patients through a positive self-esteem building event and communicates the message of TSRHC’s Successful Bridges program to the community. The Successful Bridges Teen program was established in May 2003 for children ages 14-to 18-years-old with spina bifida. The overall goals of the program are to assist teens in building bridges to self-sufficiency and support families as their teens achieve developmental milestones. The program collaborates with community agencies to provide information and guest speakers.

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To learn more about Successful Bridges and spina bifida, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55fg0M-R9dM