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Our Sports Medicine Team in the Community

SMYC blogOur pediatric sports medicine team is committed to making sure young athletes have the right care in the right place at the right time. In order for that to happen, we invite the community to educational events throughout the year. For example, we offer splinting workshops in physician offices led by our Fracture Clinic team, athletic trainer education at local high schools, and coaches and parent meetings for sports organizations.

We recently held our second annual Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: An Update for Pediatric Providers event in Frisco. More than 80 providers in the community joined us for a day of pediatric sports medicine topics.

SportsWe were pleased to have Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has done extensive research and training in the area of cardiovascular health for young athletes, and he has a particular interest in evaluating the use of the echocardiogram (ECG) for pre-participation screening for young athletes.

We know that many parents look to their pediatrician for advice when it comes to the health and safety of their young athletes. We are committed to keeping the most current information in pediatric sports medicine available to local providers through events like this and we plan to continue annually.

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

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Teresa Collins-Jones, Ph.D. – Psychology

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re shining a spotlight on our Psychology staff who are dedicated to providing quality clinical care and promoting healthy child development, despite the stress and demands associated with a health-related condition.

Staff Teresa Collins-Jones, PhD

Learn more about our Psychologist, Teresa Collins-Jones, Ph.D. She has more than 20 years of experience providing psychological services to children and adolescents. She specializes in working with children with complex medical needs and those who are coping with chronic illness, pain, and adhering to medication and treatment regimens.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part about being a pediatric psychologist at Scottish Rite Hospital is being able to work with the children, adolescents and their families to promote health and well-being.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

Scottish Rite Hospital is a place like no other! I am still amazed at how former patients and their families hold such fond memories of their treatment—it makes me realize how this hospital affects lives.

Describe a typical day:

Boy, it would be difficult to describe a typical day because I really never have the same day twice! You can usually find me in a clinic, on the inpatient unit, or in my office working with children and their families. At other times, I may be attending meetings with other staff members to discuss ways to improve what we are doing or at work on one of our research projects to improve the quality of life of our patients.

How did you find out about the hospital?

I first learned about the hospital when I was a child living in the Dallas area (many years ago). My father was a Scottish Rite Mason who had volunteered at several events. He was very proud of all of the work that the hospital did to help children.

What made you want to work here?

I initially chose to become a pediatric psychologist due to my interest in working with children in a medical setting. My interest in working specifically at Scottish Rite Hospital is because of the reputation of the staff and hospital. It is a great feeling to know that our patients like coming to the hospital!

What skills do you need for your job?

A doctoral degree in psychology with training in developmental psychology, health psychology, and behavioral medicine. As a pediatric psychologist, I provide psychological services to children with complicated health conditions. Not only do I need to know how to provide psychological treatment for mental health problems, but I also need to understand how these may impact medical conditions or treatment. I also need to understand prevention, health promotion, and how to support families. A strong background in research is also needed to be able to promote evidence-based science and practice. It is also important that a pediatric psychologist is outgoing, a team player, enjoys collaborating with others, has a good sense of humor, and likes working with children.

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

My first “real” job was working as a psychiatric technician on the pre-adolescent and adolescent units at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

I knew that I wanted to become a pediatric psychologist after I took my first child psychology class as an undergraduate. From that point on, I began taking classes in health psychology and child psychology, working in various clinical settings, and working on research projects. My graduate coursework prepared me to pursue a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology.

What is your favorite…

  • Food in the SRH Cafeteria: Anything made by Stephan—his pasta bowls are amazing!
  • Place to travel: Europe…I love Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK!
  • Type of food: Italian or French
  • TV show: It used to be “Downton Abbey” but now, I love “The Crown” and “Victoria.”

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

To transport myself from place to place with a blink of the eye (avoiding all traffic).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a journalist and travel the world.

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

The most adventurous thing that I’ve ever done is studying abroad for a semester when I was in college. My time in Spain definitely contributed to my love of travel!

What’s the last book you read?

I just finished reading Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.”

What kind of animal would you be?

A dog. We adopted our dog, Fergus, from a rescue group. We are so happy he “chose” us!

What is something people don’t know about you?

That I love history and when traveling abroad, I like to visit castles, churches, museums, and libraries!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

American Pie by Don McLean. It is one of those songs that you cannot listen to without singing along—it is US history!

 

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Johanna Pool, RN Coordinator

This week, we are celebrating Nurse’s Week and Hospital Week. Read our staff spotlight to get to know one of our Nurse Coordinators, Johanna Pool, who has been working at Scottish Rite Hospital for the past six years.

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What’s your favorite part of your job?

Knowing that I have properly prepared a family for a surgical case they will undergo with their child

Describe a typical day.

During my clinic days: I work with my team to keep the clinic flow organized and also see patients and help educate them on the diagnosis, treatment options and plan of care.

During my non-clinic days: desk time spent on phone calls, surgery scheduling, prepping upcoming clinics, etc

How did you find out about the hospital?

I was a Nurse Extern here one summer; I found out about the program from a friend in my class.

What skills do you need for your job?

Nursing knowledge, social skills, organization, time management

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

Camp counselor – have always loved working with kids! I went to nursing school and then came back!

What is your favorite…

Hospital event: Spring to Health

Food in the cafeteria: Wok

Place in the hospital: 4th floor sky bridge between A & B building where you can see Reverchon AND Shivers parks

What’s your favorite…

Place to travel: Italy

Type of food: pizza or sugar cookies

TV show: “This is Us”

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

Breathe under water

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 1.57.17 PM copyWhat did you want to be when you grew up?

Interior designer

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

Building a hiking trail in a small Bosnian village or a scuba diving between North American & Eurasian continents in Iceland

What’s the last book you read?

“You Were Born for This” by Bruce Wilkinson

What is something people don’t know about you?

I had the middle school high jumping record in my home town

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Don’t Worry” – Bob Marley

Calling All Princesses and Superheros – Character Breakfast is July 17

CharacterBreakfastOn Saturday, June 17, from 9 – 11 a.m., more than 50 favorite children’s characters will visit Scottish Rite Hospital for a magical meet-and-greet experience. The event is open to the public and ticket sales benefit the hospital. Attendees will enjoy breakfast, an autograph session, face painting and more!

Hosted by the hospital’s Crayon Club, the fundraiser is now in its fifth year. Tickets can be purchased at scottishritehospital.org/characterbreakfast. For details, call 214-559-8682.

Cody’s Moment – Dyslexia

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When competitive gymnast Cody encountered a learning disorder; dyslexia, his family turned to the hospital’s internationally recognized team of experts. Cody’s schoolwork has improved by leaps and bounds, giving him the confidence to fly both in and out of the gym.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/dyslexia.

 

 

Scottish Rite Hospital: The Leader in Treating Hand Disorders

From a child’s hands, imagination becomes creation. Through their hands, children explore the world around them. For thousands of children with hand and upper limb disorders, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been a source of hope and healing.

The Center for Excellence in Hand delivers a setting for both patient care and clinical research focused on the treatment for pediatric patients with hand and upper limb disorders, says Scott Oishi, M.D., the center’s director. “Our clinical practice [treats] a variety of children who are either born with congenital hand differences or upper extremity differences, or patients who have had trauma or something happen to them after they’re born,” he says. “There are a lot of patients who come through here and get no surgery at all because all they really need is a lot of encouragement and ability to grow and expand their horizons.”

Oishi and staff hand surgeon Christopher M. Stutz, M.D., have the privilege of seeing many of their pediatric patients from the time they’re a few days old until the time they become 18 years old. “We’re able to keep a database of our patients as far as what type of diagnosis they have, what type of surgeries they underwent, and what their outcomes were, based on very good outcome measures,” Oishi says.

The doctors of the Center for Excellence in Hand are able to understand the best form of treatment for each child through their dedication to research. One of the research studies in the center focuses on the impact of participating in Hand Camp has on school-aged children with a congenital hand difference. Our doctors and researchers evaluate a child’s self-esteem, function and participation in activities, as well as their relationship with peers before and after attending Hand Camp. From treating children with congenital hand abnormalities, such as webbed fingers, reconstructing children’s hands with extra digits, or changing the position of fingers on hands, the center strives to give children back their childhood through the hospital’s world-renowned patient care and groundbreaking research. The Center for Excellence in Hand is committed to helping children with congenital hand anomalies become active, happy, productive, and independent adults.

 

Future North Campus Construction is Underway

The groundbreaking celebration for Scottish Rite Hospital’s future North Campus in Frisco took place last fall. The event marked the start of construction on the hospital’s first-ever satellite campus since the institution’s founding in 1921.

Since then, excavation and clearing of the 40-acre parcel, located at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, has commenced. The hospital’s ambulatory surgery center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

In the meantime, the hospital’s Plano location at 7000 West Plano Parkway is offering world-renowned sports medicine care to young athletes. In addition, the interim facility offers a fracture clinic, sports therapy, sports-related concussion treatment, a hand clinic and general orthopedic services to patients throughout North Texas.

Recent Updates to our Clinics

Scottish Rite Hospital recently completed the renovation of a new clinic space, which features a design theme based upon the seasons of the year. The area that once housed three clinics now hosts four, aptly named Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Front Desk

Orthotics and Prosthetics Front Desk

The new space features updated colors and architectural elements throughout. In addition, each of the 22 exam rooms is equipped with new interior furnishings and advanced electronic medical record technology to better serve hospital patients.

The hospital’s Orthotics and Prosthetics department also recently underwent a redesign of its check-in and waiting areas.

The “Under the Sea theme remains the same but with a fresh interpretation. Further renovations are ongoing, including new art in the exam rooms and waiting areas.

Christopher & Stacie Martin will be the Honorary Chairs for this year’s Accessible Luxury

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 1.38.59 PMChristopher and Stacie Martin will be the honorary chairs for this year’s Accessible Luxury. Scottish Rite Hospital is thrilled to have this wonderful couple be a part of the event.

Many have seen Christopher Martin’s gorgeous paintings. In addition to his expert artistic skill, Christopher is a generous philanthropist. He has worked with our hospital patients for more than 15 years to create paintings that are auctioned off at Treasure Street, the hospital’s signature event. This selfless donation of his time and talents has raised more than $160,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital. A self-taught artist whose career spans nearly 25 years, Christopher’s works can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Stacie Martin was one of the founders of Accessible Luxury, along with Harriet Kelly and Model Citizen, an organization focused on the fashion industry coordinating efforts to help worthy causes.

“It is gratifying to see the wonderful partners we enlisted for the first Accessible Luxury event 8 years ago; Campbell-Wagner Runway, Beretta Gallery and the fabulous Salon Pompeo that continue to be loyally committed to helping the kids of Scottish Rite Hospital. It’s phenomenal to see the new community partners stepping up to sponsor what has become a highly anticipated event. Zac and Emily-Ray Porter, and Cullen Potts and Harriet Kelly’s amazing team have done an exquisite job with this year’s Accessible Luxury ~ it is full of luxurious surprises.”

Chris and Stacie are avid supporters of the hospital and its work – in the last six years two family members have received life-changing care from Scottish Rite Hospital.

Both Chris and Stacie find the hospital to be a wonderful example of greatness in a pediatric hospital. Christopher says, “It is a fine addition to the city of Dallas, and we are honored to be involved in any way in aiding Scottish Rite’s success.”

John Michael’s Story: A Sign of Hope

Rainbows served as beacons, guiding the way on a family’s journey to hope, healing and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 

He has been described as light, love and joy.

His zest for life is magnetic. People call him a miracle. Meet JohnMichael. And when you do, don’t underestimate him. He has endured more trials and storms in his 17 years than most people do in
a lifetime. Fortunately, after a storm in 2015 the first of many rainbows appeared, divinely timed and affirming that JohnMichael and his family would soon be on the right road to a place of hope and the journey for Houston-area couple Johnnie and Mike Morman began abruptly on August 23, 1999,
when Johnnie was 26 weeks pregnant.

“We knew it was a complicated pregnancy,” Mike explains. “Our doctor told us, ‘We need to deliver the baby,’ and we were thinking in a couple of weeks, and she said, ‘No, today.’ ”

JohnMichael would not survive if he was not delivered but would only have a 10 percent chance
of surviving if he was.

“JohnMichael is the embodiment of miracles,” says Shawna, Mike’s sister. She and her husband, Tim, and their children, Jason and Melissa, have been by JohnMichael’s side since he came into the world that day kicking and screaming at an astonishing 11 ounces.

JJM_LEE_6753AohnMichael has endured numerous physical challenges in his young life but it was the severe and rapid onset of scoliosis at age 15 that led his family to Scottish Rite Hospital.

In 2014, his parents began to notice a subtle change in JohnMichael’s normally sunny disposition and a physical change in his back. Fueled by an adolescent growth spurt and a neuromuscular imbalance, related to his pre-existing cerebral palsy, he had a curvature in his spine that was progressing at an alarming rate.

The couple immediately sought medical opinions in Houston and had not yet learned about Scottish Rite Hospital.

“They were told they should go home and enjoy the time they had left with him,” his aunt, Shawna, recalls. “They gave them no hope.”

That’s when the rainbows began to appear.

“We were experiencing some difficult times,” Johnnie says. A family friend encouraged them to seek another opinion from a local orthopedist who was a longtime friend and advocate for Scottish Rite Hospital. From that meeting, the family learned more about the hospital and its expertise in treating scoliosis. “After that visit, we were sitting outside praying for guidance when we saw a double rainbow. We both felt it was an affirmation.”

Photo Apr 12, 6 38 56 PMUpon entering Scottish Rite Hospital on November 20, 2015, for their first visit, the family was immediately put at ease. Volunteers extended a warm greeting and guided them to their appointment with staff orthopedist Amy L. McIntosh, M.D., who evaluated JohnMichael’s curvature.

“I told them I could fix it but it would be a long journey, and they said, ‘That’s hope,’ ” McIntosh recalls.

“When she told us that she could help our son, it was like a weight had been lifted off of us,” Mike says. “We were looking for hope and we found it at Scottish Rite Hospital.”
The next step was for JohnMichael to be evaluated by a multidisciplinary group of medical specialists, which just happened to be called the Rainbow Team. The group represents Scottish Rite Hospital’s collaborative approach to patient care. Experts from departments throughout the hospital combine forces to develop an individualized treatment plan for the unique needs of each child.

“Scottish Rite Hospital takes an approach that is so patient-centered,” Mike says, “from nutrition, to surgical, to emotional and physical.”

Later, when the family was escorted to see the surgery unit, elevator doors opened to reveal a rainbow painted on the wall. “OK, this is where we are supposed to be,” Johnnie recalls saying.

LEE_6486ATwo months later, JohnMichael underwent halo gravity traction, in which a metal ring is surgically affixed to the skull and attached to a cable that suspends the body vertically from a metal frame. While it may look painful, this procedure actually provides the patient comfort and relief almost immediately, by removing pressure on the spine and gently stretching it.

“He could breathe better,” recalls his cousin, Melissa. “Physically, mentally, he literally opened up.”

After five months of traction, JohnMichael underwent a second surgery to remove the halo and address surgical adjustments to his spine. As a result of his successful scoliosis treatment, he gained 17 pounds, five inches in height and so much more.

“Scottish Rite Hospital gave JohnMichael his life back,” Shawna says, “and gave Mike and Johnnie their life back, too.”

When asked what they tell others about the hospital, the couple bursts into joyous laughter. “We tell everyone about Scottish Rite Hospital!” Johnnie exclaims.

Betty“This hospital is phenomenal and the staff is incredible, in every area,” Mike adds. “They become your family.”

From Security to Dietary and everywhere in between, JohnMichael makes the rounds to visit members of his extended hospital family during each visit. Shouts for his pal “Super Dave!,” patient care tech David Calles, echo in the halls.

“The care is so genuine. His experience at the hospital has changed him,” Mike says. “We’ve been through our share of medical facilities and there’s nowhere like this.”

Family, friends, church and their faith have been tremendous sources of support for JohnMichael and his parents throughout their journey.

“In the storms of life, God gives us a rainbow of hope,” Johnnie says, “and for us, that was Scottish
Rite Hospital.”