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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.