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May: Stephen’s Moment to Shine


Meet Analia, age 6, of Carrollton, and Volunteer Executive Committee President Stephen Apple. In his words below:

My Defining Moment:

As a Scottish Rite Mason, I knew about TSRHC. I took a tour – that did it/ I wanted to be a volunteer.

My Moment to Remember:

I saw a little girl with prosthetic legs running around in the hospital’s atrium and it reminded me…we help kids be kids.

My Moment to Shine:

At TSRHC, I’m never bored. I’m engaged. I truly feel my contributions can make a difference.

Volunteer and Give a Patient like Analia a Moment to Shine – Share a shining moment with TSRHC patients, families and supporters as a hospital volunteer. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.

Getting back to sports after an ACL Reconstruction – TSRHC Sports Medicine

After an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, many young athletes choose to have surgery to replace the ACL. In very active kids, the knee is often unstable and at risk of injury without this important ligament. Returning to sports after this procedure takes time and a lot of work.

The post-surgery / “new” ACL, called a graft, needs time to be ready for certain activities. The length of time depends on several things including:


Because very young patients need a different surgery, they need more healing time. Read more about ACL reconstruction for athletes with open growth plates.

Early exercises focus on preventing swelling and stiffness. The graft can tolerate more and more stress over time. Throughout recovery an athlete is allowed to progress from simple exercises for the leg to complex movements that challenge the whole body. We refer to the later stage of rehabilitation as functional training.

The goals of this stage are often shaped by the patient’s sport-specific needs. Research has shown there are also some principles that apply to many athletes. The athlete’s ability to perform certain movements has been shown to help identify patients at risk of an ACL injury or re-injury. We use several different tests to help determine when a patient is ready to return to sports after an ACL reconstruction.

Philip Wilson, M.D., tells us that “as a practice, we are passionate about functional retraining as a means to avoid a second injury. Mounting research has shown that athletes in our pediatric and adolescent age groups are at an extremely high risk for injury to the surgical or opposite leg. Additional research has shown that increasing the time prior to return to sports, and demonstrating documented muscle strength and control are the best ways to avoid these new injuries.”

Because many sports require stability on a single leg in activities like running, pivoting, stopping, kicking, and throwing, the tests challenge athlete’s ability to stand on one leg. Additionally, these functional movements challenge the strength and flexibility throughout the body. A comprehensive rehabilitation program incorporates these concepts from the beginning:


For this, and many other injuries, surgery is only the first step on the road back to sports. An athlete must also be committed to the rehabilitation and functional training required to return to sports. We encourage athletes to use these concepts in their training programs before they sustain game-changing injuries.

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

Landmark Study May Pave the Way for Personalized Treatment of Lupus and Other Complex Autoimmune Diseases

Dallas researcher, Virginia Pascual, MD, publishes new findings in prestigious Cell journal

DALLAS (March 31, 2016) – New research that may dramatically improve drug development for systemic lupus erythematosus patients will be published April 21 in Cell, the most prestigious scientific journal among biologists. The paper, “Personalized Immunomonitoring Uncovers Molecular Networks That Stratify Lupus Patients,” is authored by Dr. Virginia Pascual, principal investigator of the study and researcher at Baylor Institute for Immunology Research, part of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute.

“This achievement reflects Dr. Pascual’s commitment to excellence and to continuous improvement of quality care for patients with lupus,” said Donald Wesson, senior vice president of medical education and research for Baylor Scott & White Research Institute. “For many investigators, simply getting a publication in Cell is the highlight of their career, but for Dr. Pascual it’s another great honor in a career that has brought prestige to her work and to Baylor Scott & White Health.”

Lupus is a chronic disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues, causing inflammation, pain and organ damage. It’s a complicated condition that’s difficult to diagnose – no single test can definitively detect it – and complex to treat since no two cases are alike. Clinical trials for effective drug treatments have had limited success. In this study, Dr. Pascual and her team aimed to understand the molecular diversity of the disease in an effort to make future drug development easier and more effective.

“The results included in this paper provide an explanation for why clinical trials fail in lupus, and opens the door for true personalized approaches to drug discovery and treatment in this disease,” Dr. Pascual said.

Researchers studied the transcription of genes in 924 blood samples from 158 pediatric lupus patients from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children clinics and other children’s hospitals for up to four years. This personalized immunomonitoring approach, which measures gene expression activity of different cell types, allowed researchers to classify patients into seven groups with similar molecular disease structure at the time of both disease flares and remissions.

Dr. Marilynn Punaro, medical director of rheumatology at Scottish Rite Hospital, and members of her team are co-authors of the study, which may improve clinical trial design and implementation of tailored therapies in lupus and other genetically and clinically complex autoimmune diseases.

“This is a landmark study that has the potential to dramatically improve treatment and quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering with lupus,” Dr. Pascual said.

For more information on studies conducted at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, visit www.BaylorHealth.com/AdvancingMedicine.

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, the system referred to as Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Georgia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The system now includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 access points, 6,000 active physicians, and 40,000 employees, plus the Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance — a network of clinical providers and facilities focused on improving quality, managing the health of patient populations, and reducing the overall cost of care. For more information visit: BaylorScottandWhite.com

* based on unaudited 2015 fiscal year statements


For more information, view an article on Baylor’s website.

Playground Safety Tips from our Fracture Clinic Experts

Issac Martinez age 3 or Mesquite_04Free play and playground time is becoming more valuable to our over-scheduled children. We want to share some of our experience by giving you some suggestions to keep these moments as safe as possible. Our Fracture Clinic pediatric nurse practitioner, Ray Kleposki, tells us that young kids playing on equipment that is not designed with them in mind greatly increases risk for injuries, including broken bones.

Supervision is very important, but even well-meaning caregivers are not familiar with all the injury risks on a playground. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in their Public Playground Safety Handbook recommends appropriate equipment and practices for public playgrounds. Ray says to “start with choosing a playground that is right for your child’s age.”

Choose playgrounds that provide:

  • A separate play area for very young children.
  • Rubber or mulch type surfaces, not solid like asphalt or grass
  • Surfaces that extend well beyond the play are of each piece of equipment
  • Equipment in good repair.
  • Guardrails to prevent falls from heights greater than the child’s own height.

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.46.18 PMLessons to teach your child about playground safety:

  • Never push or rough-house.
  • Slide feet first and slide one-at-a-time.
  • Watch for friends before sliding or jumping.
  • Don’t climb outside of guardrails.
  • When jumping, land on both feet.
  • Don’t play on equipment when it is wet.
  • Follow instructions from supervisors.

With these tips and some common sense, playgrounds can be fun and safe. To learn more about our Fracture Clinics and experts at evaluating pediatric playground injuries, visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

April: Layla’s Moment to Shine


Meet Layla, age 16, of Dallas.

My Defining Moment:

I came because I had an extra bone in my ankle that was causing scar tissue buildup, swelling and inflammation.

My Moment to Remember:

I was invited to speak at the hospital’s KidSwing Golf Tournament, which was cool because I’ve never done that kind of thing.

My Moment to Shine:

I’ve performed in the Nutcracker with the Texas Ballet Theater for three years in a row. It’s a lot of fun!

Give a Patient like Layla a Moment to Shine: A gift of $300 will cover the cost of advanced imaging for an ankle problem or injury to plan for a minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.


Exclusive Evening of Accessible Luxury on Friday, April 15

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 3.41.41 PMEnjoy fashion, food, jewelry and cars while benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Set against the luxurious backdrop of Park Place Premier Collection, Accessible Luxury is one of Dallas’ most fashionable events. Hosted by event chairmen Emily and Buck Branson and honorary chairmen Tia and Kelly Kraft, Accessible Luxury is now in its seventh year benefiting the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Be there April 15 for signature cocktails, gourmet bites, runway fashions and a late night dance party.

The exciting offerings include:

  • Rolls-Royce Runway Show
    Be inspired by spring and summer fashion obsessions and vogue looks of exclusive Highland Park Village retailers Alice + Olivia, Anne Fontaine, Bandier, Beretta Gallery, Diane Von Furstenberg, Escada, Filson, Roberta Roller Rabbit and Trina Turk. This renowned fashion show is produced by Harriet Kelly Gibbe and features the models of Campbell-Wagner Runway LLC and Model Citizen. Emceed by Courtney Kerr, with hair and makeup by Salon Pompeo.
  • Maserati Man Cave
    This cavern is something for the fellas, showcasing the Beretta Gallery’s polished apparel and guns along with hot cars and hand-rolled cigars. Amble on over for a Monkey Spring Smash made with Monkey Shoulder whiskey, St. Germain liqueur and mint leaves.
  • Bentley Bubble Room
    Fabulous femmes can browse precious Temple St. Clair gems from Eiseman Jewels while sipping champagne or enjoying a Solerno & Sparkling signature cocktail made with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, prosecco and fresh berries.
  • McLaren Moonlight Room
    Grab a raffle ticket or three before dancing the night away to the DJ stylings of Lucy Wrubel.
  • Jaguar Jungle Lounge
    Escape into the wild and party on the patio with craft beers from Peticolas Brewing Company, and Reyka Mules, a signature cocktail made with Reyka vodka and ginger beer. The lounge also features a coffee bar and late night nibbles.
  • Sumptuous cuisine from: Ascension Coffee, Bistro 31 and Lounge 31, Chino Chinatown, Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Parigi, Steel and Truluck’s.

This accessible chic event is anything but typical and sure to entertain guests from the time they arrive on the red carpet. To be a part of one of the top fashion events Dallas has to offer, visit accessibleluxury.org or call 214-559-7656 for ticket information and sponsorship opportunities. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a Trendsetters’ Package for two, which includes a Trendsetters’ Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. before the event officially begins, priority seating for the runway show and a complimentary raffle ticket. To join in on the fun, follow #AccessibleLuxury on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag in your posts.

Silver Sponsors of Accessible Luxury are Emily and Buck Branson, Lark and J. C. Montgomery, Jr., Origin Bank, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D., and Wells Fargo, The Private Bank.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call 214-559-5000 or 800-421- 1121 or visit scottishritehospital.org.

National Doctor’s Day is Wednesday, March 30

We celebrate our wonderful and caring physicians in honor of National Doctor’s Day and everyday. Below are a few facts about our incredible team:

Did You Know?

  • We have 19 orthopedic surgeons and 37 total full-time staff physicians
  • All physicians hold faculty appointments at UT Southwestern and are renowned for outstanding research and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows
  • More than 245,000 patients have been treated since the hospital’s inception
  • Scoliosis Clinic - Brace Check up and report card review with pt Haleigh Burleson age 11 of Tyler05We have more than 22,000 active patients
  • 2,102 surgeries were performed in fiscal year 2015
  • TSRHC physicians wrote the book on the treatment of orthopedic conditions affecting children. Now in its fifth edition, the Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics edited by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is the standard reference guide for orthopedic surgeons around the world.

TSRHC Spring Event Roundup

From golf outings to a glamorous evening fundraiser, our spring calendar is full of fun activities with a range of interests in mind. Check out some of the following special events taking place in the Dallas area. Full details are available on our website events calendar.

For the Golfer

Preview some of the season’s diverse golfing events.

Learn to Golf

Our Learn to Golf program introduces hospital patients with physical challenges to the fundamentals of golf. Upcoming April and May golf dates and locations include:

  • Fort Worth, Leonard Golf Links, Saturday, April 2
  • Austin, Harvey Penick Golf Campus, Saturday, April 30
  • Dallas, Luna Vista Golf Course, Saturday, May 14
  • Lewisville, Lake Park Golf Course, Saturday, May 21

ScottishRiteShootoutSecond Annual Scottish Rite Shootout

Young adults ages 16 to 18 can round up a foursome and compete in this Topgolf tournament, with opportunities to win benchmark prizes for raising funds for TSRHC.

  • Topgolf Dallas, Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.

For the Socialite

From crawfish to fashion shows, bring your appetites and fashion sensibilities out for two fun events this spring:

CrawfishCrayon Club’s Crawfish Boil

Feast on Southern-style crawfish and jambalaya at Crayon Club’s fourth Crawfish Boil event, open to both members and nonmembers alike.

  • Texas Ale Project, Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

Accessible Luxury

Celebrating Dallas-area retailers, this glamorous fundraising event lets guests experience luxury offerings in automobiles, cuisine, cocktails and fashion.

  • Park Place Premier Collection Dealership, Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.

For Outdoor Family Fun

Let the warm days of spring invite you to take part in some of the following outdoor activities.

Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day

Children of all ages can attend this free event designed to show them ways to stay safe on and off their bikes.

  • TSRHC Maple Parking Lot, Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.

Special Event Clay Shootouts

Hit some targets as you raise awareness and funds for TSRHC.

Farm Fun

Catch a horse show or discover the treasures of Texas agriculture this May.

ASA Poker Run

Join the American Subcontractors Association’s North Texas Chapter for a poker run. Funds raised are split between TSRHC and Happy Hill Farm.

  • TSRHC’s Chamber Park, Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.

To find out how you can get involved with more of our special events, please visit tsrhc.org/events or community.tsrhc.org or call 215-559-7656.

Athletic Trainers and Baseline Testing – TSRHC Sports Medicine

LEE_2066 copyThe Sports Medicine team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s North Campus would not be complete without our athletic trainers. In conjunction with Athletic Training month, established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, we are celebrating our athletic trainers Josh Stevens, A.T.C., L.A.T., and Jamie Wightman, A.T.C., L.A.T.

Like many of their peers working on the sidelines of youth sports events, one of their roles in our clinic is to administer post-injury testing for patients who have, or may have, had a concussion. They perform a series of tests, including balance testing that helps with diagnosing a concussion and the return-to-learn and return-to-play decision making process.

One tool we use to assess the brain’s ability to function is the ImPACT™ online testing software. It includes tests for memory and reaction time, among other neurocognitive measures. The results are most useful when the provider can compare them to a pre-season baseline version. We recommend these for athletes 10 years and older who play contact sports.

Learn more about scheduling a baseline testing appointment with one of our athletic trainers online at scottishritehospital.org/baseline.

For information about sports concussions and pediatric sports medicine, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Busy Kids and Broken Bones – TSRHC Announces New Fracture Clinic

Constantly on the move, kids are bound to get hurt once in a while. Because of the open growth plates in young bones, kids are more likely to break a bone than sprain a ligament. Injuries that result in a bad sprain for an adult will often cause a broken bone in children, according to Gerad Montgomery. Our team of pediatric experts at the Fracture Clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s North Campus is here to help you navigate treatment for fractures, or broken bones, in kids and teenagers.

London, TSRHC patient

London, TSRHC patient

Many fractures are appropriately stabilized in a pediatrician’s office or at an urgent care center. Young patients are frequently referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist to further assess and treat broken bones. Occasionally, this is because surgery should be considered. More often, this is to be sure that the injury and the treatment will not impact the growth of that bone. This requires monitoring the healing with physical exams and X-rays over time.

Our team, at Scottish Rite Hospital, only takes care of kids. Therefore, we are very familiar with growth plates and growing bones. If you or a friend needs pediatric fracture care, please call us at 469-515-7200.

For information about fracture care, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/fracture.