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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: 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.

Ryan & Gia’s Moment



Siblings Ryan & Gia can ride tall, despite their congenital upper- and lower-limb differences. Hospital prosthetists created a customized leg for Ryan and a unique prosthetic arm for Gia. When it comes to helping kids live each moment to the fullest – we don’t horse around.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our one-of-a-kind prosthetics department on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/prosthetics.

2016 – A Year In Review

2016 was a wonderful year for the hospital. Take a look at some numbers from the year.

*Numbers reflect total patients treated during our fiscal year, October 2015 – September 2016.

Dyslexia Stat Foot Disorder StatHand StatHip StatLL Stat

Spine StatSports Stat

Prosthetics Stat


Additional Milestones from 2016

  • We celebrated the hospital’s 95th birthday in October. We’re proud to have treated 269,019 patients since 1921.
  • Groundbreaking_blogOn October 19, we broke ground on our second facility in Frisco, with plans of opening in Fall of 2018. The five-story, 345,000-square-foot structure will be strategically located to fulfill a growing need for patient care in the rapidly expanding North Texas area. The campus will offer clinics and day surgeries for children with orthopedic issues and will be anchored by our Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine.
  • We started seeing patients in our Fracture Clinic in Plano. This clinic is unique because patients do not need a doctor referral to be seen.
  • We launched our electronic medical records system in the fall. Have you set up your MySRH account?
  • Our signature event, Treasure Street, raised more than $1.1 million for the patients at Scottish Rite Hospital.
  • For the second consecutive year, the National Research Corporation (NRC) recognized the hospital’s dedication to excellent patient care with two Path to Excellence Awards. The hospital was also one of two institutions to receive recognition for Most Improved Facilities – Children’s Hospitals, based on improvement over last year’s award-winning inpatient performance scores.
  • Our research and clinical team were busy in 2016 with: 141 active research projects, 172 medical abstracts presented, 89 medical articles published and 119 appearances as guest medical speakers.

Thanks for supporting the hospital this year, we look forward to 2017!

Sports Medicine MVP – Aaron

Aaron Lowenberg, 17 of Allen, says he couldn’t have played again without the expertise of Dr. Philip Wilson and our sports medicine team. In 2014, Aaron had pain in his knee that was keeping him from enjoying sports. He was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans of the knee and needed surgery. For some, this problem may keep young athletes from sports completely. But, our MVP just wrapped up his senior football season at Allen High School where the Eagles just made it to the Class 6A Division I state semifinals. We asked Aaron to answer a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

Photo Credit: Texas Sports Photos

Photo Credit: Texas Sports Photos

What sports have you played and when did you focus football? I‘ve played baseball since I was 5, basketball during elementary school, and football since I was 5 (Tackle when I was 8). I began focusing on football during my recovery my sophomore year. Because my recovery prevented me from playing baseball the spring of my sophomore year, I missed a critical season. Because of my size, football seemed like the best choice for me.

What was the most exciting moment for you this football season? For me, I would say being able to go and visit the elementary schools to do reading with the students and being able to connect with them like when I was younger with Reading with The Eagles.

What advice do you have for young athletes? I would have to say to enjoy what you do. Enjoy playing and the process of making it happen. Enjoy the family members that support you and the people that surround you. Because you never know when something so precious can take a sideline. I thank Scottish Rite Hospital for giving me the ability to experience football and what comes with it. With that staff of miracle workers, you are bound to succeed.

Have you ever met anyone else with Osteochondritis Dissecans? I knew someone who made it back to play football in college, so I knew if I did exactly as I should, I would have that chance, too.

Was it hard for you to explain your problem to your coaches and friends? Yes, it was very difficult explaining the injury because of the complexity. And also it was hard because I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning.

When you were released back to football, how long had you been out of the game? 9/21/15 – had been out since 8/12/14, and watched on TV as my teammates won the State Championship. I came back as a Junior through JV, and was pulled up to Varsity the final district game of the season, 11/6/15. It was incredible to get to run through the tunnel with my teammates.

Do you want to continue playing football in college? Yes, it is a goal of mine. It would be a great thing for not only getting to play the sport that I love, but getting a great education for down the road.

Since you are graduating from Allen High School in June, what are your plans next year? To go to a college to continue football and pursue my studies for a major in business and minor in communications.

Congratulations to you and your team on a great football season at Allen High School, we look forward to more success stories from you in the future!

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


Sport Science and Injury Prevention Weekend – Save the Date!

Looking for something fun to do as the winter break comes to an end? Our sports medicine team will be at Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco on January 7 and 8 to teach you and your young athletes about injury prevention. During the talks and throughout the weekend, Sci-Tech staff will lead children through activities to better understand the science behind sports.

We’ll have sports medicine physical therapists on-site to teach proper movement patterns for common sports moves using video motion analysis. Our movement science experts will explain the tools we use for athletes and demonstrate data collection techniques with a timed agility course.

Hear from sports medicine physicians on these topics while your children, ages 4-13, participate in an interactive sport science activity with Sci-Tech experts.


Jane Chung, M.D. – Injury Prevention – Top Ten Tips for Parents (Saturday)

Chung_WC_webCovering a wide variety of components of injury prevention, Dr. Chung will address easy to implement action items to prevent injuries in young athletes.




Shane Miller, M.D. – Sports-Related Concussions (Saturday)

Shane Miller MD_WCAfter defining a concussion, Dr. Miller will provide information about recognizing a concussion and what to do if one is suspected. He will emphasize the importance of acting promptly and following medical recommendations to help minimize symptoms and safely return the athlete to school and sports. 



Philip Wilson, M.D. – Preventing Throwing Injuries (Sunday)

Dr-Phil-Wilson-LIGHTER-updated-2015-07After describing how a young thrower’s arm differs from an adult, Dr. Wilson will describe common throwing injuries in a growing child. He will share the best known approaches for preventing injuries in young throwers.



Review the schedule of these free presentations and reserve seats for you and your children on the Sci-Tech website.

Learn more about pediatric sports medicine and injury prevention on our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Take our Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt!

15392937_1824447864499615_6009201809372563545_oWill you be visiting the hospital this holiday season? We invite you to take our Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt and find all the hidden items in our decorated trees on the Clinic “C” Level of the hospital.

Here’s How to Play

  1. Print off the map (click on image below to get a printable PDF) or you can pick up a blank map at the front entrance or registration desk.
  2. Write the tree number next to the item found
  3. Return your completed map to the desk at the Front Entrance for a holiday treat!

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Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Omar!

OmarOmar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.

Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Facebook Live of his prosthetic fitting and one of his physical therapy appointments.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine


Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.