Patients in hospitals are usually getting all of the physical care they need, but another one of the most important elements of a successful recovery is comfort. A group of local volunteers known as the Irving Quilt Guild decided to make patients’ happiness their priority, and they’ve been making quilts ever since.
In 1998, a few avid quilters decided to make use of their love for quilting, and started the Irving Quilt Guild. Instead of simply quilting for fun, these active citizens started donating their quilts to three separate causes, and together they are improving the lives of many patients.
Today, the guild is made up of nearly 100 members, and they focus on three main projects:
- Baby blankets for newborns in need
- Quilts for servicemen and women
- Angel Quilts for the patients at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
The angel quilt project focuses on cheering up young patients with colorful quilts to cuddle. The bright quilts liven up their hospital stay and bring happiness to children who have a lot to handle.
Each child receives their Angel Quilt after waking up from surgery, and it presents a memorable way to celebrate the exciting moment when these young patients are reunited with their parents. Instead of the fearful memory of surgery, children are given a loving gift from a caring neighbor.
The guild has been able to donate 260 quilts, and with your help they can donate even more. For more information visit their website and start comforting young patients today!
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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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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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
TSRHC 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
Candy 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
TSRHC 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!
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about Successful Bridges and spina bifida, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55fg0M-R9dM
Summer Colors, now in its sixth year, was an idea born out of passion for raising awareness about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; while also giving the Dallas community exposure to local up and coming artists. Jenny Grumbles, Loren Koziol, and Jill and Dupree Scovell founded Summer Colors in 2009 and have continued to grow the event over the past four years. The celebration takes place in the form of a silent art auction and a cocktail reception, featuring original pieces by local artists. Summer Colors is continually growing – each year raising more money for TSRHC. Involving the community is important to the founders and sponsorship opportunities are available.
The 2014 event will take place on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219). Guests will have the opportunity to bid on paintings by the artists while enjoying tasty drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 pre-purchased online and $30 at the door.
2014 Featured Artists
- Dawn Waters Baker
- Desmond Blair
- Debora P. Blake
- Megan Adams Brooks
- Marcy Cook
- Linda Dillard
- Melissa Stinson Ellis
- Stephanie Fudge
- Helen Green
- Adam Grovenstein
- Allyson Hall
- Pauline A. Johnson
- Karley Osborn Kiker
- Jenny Grumbles Koziol
- Phyllis Mabus
- Christi Meril
- Christopher Miller
- Nicole Morrow
- Rachel Nash
- Andrea Navarro
- Terrell Powell
- Micah San Juan
- Jill Scovell
Every year, a faculty physician from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is awarded the Patricia and William L. Watson, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. This year it has been awarded to nationally recognized Dr. Marilynn G. Punaro, Professor of Pediatrics and TSRHC’s Medical Director of Pediatric Rheumatology.
This is the fifth year the award has been distributed, as it was established by Dr. and Mrs. William Watson in 2009 through a generous donation.
Education and Career
Dr. Punaro has a long history of work in clinical care, starting in 1977 when she began her internship and residency at Children’s Medical Center. She then completed her specialty training in pediatric rheumatology in 1982 and started work at TSRHC.
In 1996 she became a member of the UT Southwestern faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and in 1998 she became Director of Arthritis Services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Then she became Division Director for Pediatric Rheumatology in the UT Southwestern Department of Pediatrics in 2004.
Reputation in the Field
Those that know and work with her praise her for her abilities as a clinician and diagnostician, as well as her attitude and loyalty towards her patients.
Dr. Punaro’s name has been heard by those in the field nationwide as well, as she is a member of professional societies and an editor and reviewer of articles in top professional journals for pediatric rheumatology.
Her peers refer to her as a “Texas Super Doctor,” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.”
Congratulations Dr. Punaro!!
Finding out you have scoliosis is scary, and for fifth grader Courtney Walker, it was no different. Born with a competitive nature, she had many aspirations to play sports in school, particularly basketball. Each of her sisters grew taller than her mother, and she had the same goal. Finding out she had a curve in her spine only temporarily dashed her dreams.
Starting the Journey
Once her family found Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, they immediately got to work to set her spine straight. Naturally, her parents were very worried about her and thought that she might never walk again. However, Courtney was more optimistic. She never felt that anything was wrong with her before her diagnosis, and she was positive she would recover after the surgery.
Surgery and Road to Recovery
The surgeons at TSRHC placed rods in Courtney’s spine and screwed them into place. This corrected the curve in her back and she woke up from her scoliosis surgery with a smile on her face. She immediately began to recover and jumped back into her favorite sports. Two years later, she is practicing gymnastics, and can even do a back handspring by herself.
At TSRHC, Courtney had doctors and surgeons that believed in her, and that faith and hope allowed her to persevere until she accomplished every goal she had set for herself before her diagnosis. As Courtney reached the end of eighth grade, she accomplished the goal of growing taller than her mother – and her mom couldn’t be more proud.
Learn more about Courtney through her YouTube Video: