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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Drew, age 16 of Terrell

Drew_BlogDrew, age 16 of Terrell, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since he was five years old. He had his right foot amputated and wears a prosthesis on that leg. Drew loves playing football and baseball. When he grows up, he wants to use his inclination for math and science to help people by becoming a pharmacist. He has skied once before in Keystone, Colorado and is excited to hit the slopes in Winter Park.

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.

Scottish Rite Hospital to Host Fourth Annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) Meeting

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is hosting the fourth annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) meeting this Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28. The meeting, co-sponsored by Scottish Rite Hospital and the Andrew’s Institute at Children’s Health, is expected to have more than 200 participants to discuss prevention, treatment and advancements in sports medicine for children and adolescents.

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 3.48.58 PMThe keynote speakers for the two-day conference include, Scottish Rite Hospital’s Chief of Staff Emeritus, Tony Herring, M.D., and James Andrews, M.D., one of the founding members of the Andrews Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Other presenters include doctors and researchers from various hospital areas including psychology, sports physical therapy, radiology, and movement science to provide a multidisciplinary and well-rounded program for all attending. Co-chair of the Program Committee for PRISM and Assistant Chief of Staff at Scottish Rite Hospital, Philip Wilson, M.D., views this meeting as an opportunity for sports medicine professionals from around the country to come together to discuss various sports-related topics. “With the increase of youth sports participation across the world, it is essential that we have a group dedicated to understanding this specific field in order to enhance and standardize patient care,” says Wilson.

Today, prior to the start of PRISM, the Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK) study group will be meeting at Scottish Rite Hospital to discuss current research studies and various clinical cases to advance and standardize the care of patients diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). ROCK is a group of doctors and researchers who are devoted to better understanding the diagnosis and management of physical activity for patients with OCD. Scottish Rite Hospital’s sports medicine physicians, Philip Wilson, M.D., and Henry Ellis, M.D. are both members of the group.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Christy, age 15 of Satillo

Diana_BlogChristy, age 15 of Satillo, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2001, when she was one year old. She wears a prosthesis on her left leg. Christy enjoys playing basketball and plays on a team. When she grows up, she hopes to become a pre-school teacher. She doesn’t let anything hold her back and is proud of all that she has accomplished. This will be Christy’s first ski trip and she is looking forward to seeing the mountains and skiing for the first time!

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Luke, age 14 of Little Elm

Luke Johnson_BlogLuke, age 14 of Little Elm, has been coming to Scottish Rite Hospital for a couple of years for treatment on his right leg, where he wears a prosthetic. He enjoys school, particularly science and actively participates in activities both in and outside of school. Luke plays the bass in orchestra and enjoys playing golf as well. When he grows up, Luke would like to be an architect. This will be Luke’s first year on the ski trip. Though he’s never been skiing or snowboarding before, Luke is looking forward to the trip and likes the thought of flying down the slopes.

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.

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

Natalie_BlogNatalie, age 15 of Fort Worth, has been a Scottish Rite Hospital patient since she was 11 months old. Born without a fibula bone, she was treated at the hospital for a left leg amputation and has continued to remain a close friend of the hospital. As a returning participant, Natalie is looking forward to skiing with the instructor she met last year and conquering those familiar mountains. Although Natalie hasn’t skied since last year, she’s been busy pursuing her love of music and art. In her spare time, she can be found playing guitar and piano or sketching and painting. Her dream is to one day become an artist.

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas

Jeremiah_Blog2Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2006. Due to the development of osteosarcoma in his bones, he had to have his leg amputated, and he now wears a full-leg prosthesis. Jeremiah is proud to be a cancer survivor. He enjoys being active and likes to play basketball with friends outside of school. He wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up. Last year, Jeremiah had two firsts on this trip: flying on an airplane and snow skiing. This year, he’s looking forward to reconnecting with old friends from the trip and learning more from his ski instructor from last year. Jeremiah enjoyed last year’s trip and is excited to go back!

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

Jeremiah_BlogFebruary 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.

Get to Know Our SRH Staff: Dwight Putnam in Prosthetics

Dwight Putnam is a prosthetist who has been working at Scottish Rite Hospital for 10 years. Get to know him and why he loves working at our hospital.

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

My first job was making sandwiches at Schlotzsky’s… I took a very circular path…Started pre-med and ended up an artist, which eventually took me back into allied health.

What made you want to work here?

I could see the immediate impact of my work on the lives of my patients and their families

What skills do you need for your job?

An open mind, an open ear and a few hand skills…

What is your favorite prosthetic device that you’ve created for a patient?

_DSC5261One of the first specialty devices I made was a silicone finger for playing clarinet (pictured right). It was a pivotal experience in my career because at that point it became clear to me, how the patients at TSRHC could benefit from my skills and knowledge.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

Our TEAM approach to treating patient families

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Grizzly Adams

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I proposed to my wife at the top of the Machu Pichu ruins in Peru. We hadn’t talked about marriage up until that point, but I figured as far as the scenery and the company, it couldn’t get any better.

What’s the last book you read?

Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas by James Haley- still reading this one, it is pretty thick…

What is something people don’t know about you?

I am the youngest of 4 children, I have 13 nieces and nephews that I am very proud of.

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Miranda, age 17 of Frisco

Miranda_blogMiranda, age 17 of Frisco, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2012. She is missing the fibula bone in her left leg and wears a lower leg prosthetic. Miranda enjoys babysitting and watching her favorite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. This will be Miranda’s second time on the Amputee Ski Trip. Miranda is excited to make new friends who also wear prostheses. She also looks forward to seeing her instructor who helped her learn how to ski. Last year, Miranda had the chance to meet former Scottish Rite Hospital patient Patience Beard on the Amputee Ski Trip. Patience inspires her because she cheers and snowboards, all with her prosthetic leg. Miranda can’t wait to get back on the slopes at this year’s trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

Miranda_BlogFebruary 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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Alfonso, age 14 of Bedford

Alfonso_BlogAlfonso, age 14 of Bedford, Texas, has been treated for both hand differences and prosthetic needs at Scottish Rite Hospital since he was five years old.

Alfonso dreams of one day becoming a teacher and enjoys volleyball and playing the trombone. His prosthetist Kara Davis describes him as a “very fun-loving, active kid” and his adventurous spirit is infectious to all who meet him. Alfonso has never been skiing and is excited to learn on this year’s Amputee Ski Trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

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Alfonso served as a Patient Champion for the Dallas Marathon in 2013.

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Ryanne, age 13 of Mineola

Ryanne Carr_blogRyanne, age 13 of Mineola, Texas, was adopted from Kazakhstan in 2005 at the age of two. She became a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital shortly after arriving to the United States. Ryanne was born with a condition called amniotic band syndrome, which constricts the growth of extremities including arms, legs and fingers. Because of that, Ryanne had both legs amputated and is missing part of her right arm.

Today, Ryanne is a very active teenager and loves participating in competitive sports, with track and field being her favorite activity. She served as the 2010 junior race director for the Dallas Marathon at the young age of 7 years old, where she represented the hospital and helped count down the start of the race.

The specialized care that she has received at Scottish Rite Hospital has inspired her to want to be a prosthetist when she grows up. Ryanne is most excited to learn how to ski and see snowy mountains for the first time at this year’s Amputee Ski Trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

Ryanne pictured with Don Cummings in 2013.

Ryanne pictured with her prosthetist Don Cummings in 2013.

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.