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Get to Know our SRH Staff: Taylor Fisher, Staff Wellness Director

Taylor Fisher is the director of our Staff Wellness Department and has been working at the hospital for about six years.

As part of her role, she is responsible for our annual Spring to Health program each April. Spring to Health is a month-long initiative that encourages staff to get active and healthy while having fun. The program features everything from games like Bocce Ball, to health screenings like eye exams, to Lunch & Learns on various health topics, to cooking demos and healthier options in the cafeteria.

Get to know Taylor in our Staff Spotlight below.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love creating programs that give staff the resources & knowledge needed to live a healthier lifestyle both during and outside of work.

What I REALLY love is seeing someone make a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle, observe and help them, as needed, through the process and see their excitement and enthusiasm as they start to feel better and see positive results, realizing that their hard work is paying off. Having someone come up to me in the hall, my office or the cafeteria and seeing the excitement on their face as they tell me everything they have been doing and how good they feel, makes my week. It’s by far the best part of my job.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

The Wellness program! :) Can I say that? I’m a bit biased. But I think it is really cool how the hospital supports Wellness and encourages it to be a part of the culture and the everyday here at work. It is not something you find everywhere.

I also love that [the hospital] feels small, allowing you to get to know others outside of your own department.

Describe a typical day

There is no typical day! My days & weeks are always a mix of…

  • Brainstorming, developing and implementing new programs
  • Finding ways to reach departments and people who Wellness has not been able to touch.
  • Working with the Cafeteria on ways to add, alter and / or improve our Eat Rite options served.
  • Talking with other wellness dietitians in the community about their programs, what works and what doesn’t, sharing ideas, troubleshooting, sharing research and articles.
  • One-on-one nutrition consultations with staff
  • Normal administrative items like answering emails, managing a budget, etc.
  • Reading and staying current on nutrition, health, and wellness topics and research

What made you want to work here?

The feeling that I got when I walked in for my interview along with conversations I had and the greeting I received from everyone I spoke with. Everyone seemed to know everyone even if they were in very different departments. I loved that. And I was excited about the responsibilities I would have if hired.

What skills do you need for your job?

A degree in nutrition or health studies; background in the health and wellness field; organizational skills; writing skills; strategic thinking skills; people skills; flexibility (troubleshoot and think on your feet); creativity; and just a passion for health & wellness (not exactly a “skill” but definitely needed!)

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

Do paid internships count? I worked for the Dannon yogurt company   in college, analyzing the nutritionals & ingredients of their yogurts, to get food & nutrition hours and experience for my Dietetic Internship.

After undergrad I got into the dual Masters and Dietetic Internship program at the University of Memphis. After Grad School / Internship I worked at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (in Memphis) and also worked as the dietitian for a small community adult Wellness program through Baylor University Medical Center (in Memphis). After about a year and a half I knew I wanted to move back to Texas. I saw a job posted on the Dallas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics website for a dietitian at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. I applied, interviewed and about a month later moved to Dallas!

What is your favorite…

  • Hospital event: Clean Fest (again I’m a bit biased) – I love taking time to be outside with coworkers and plant flowers – something that you will see the next day and the next. And then enjoy the cookout afterwards. And I also love Treasure Street!
  • Food in the cafeteria: Can I say the EatRite healthy options? And they make a mean chocolate mousse cake (b/c it’s all about balance, right?)
  • Place in the hospital: The fitness Center!

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

Definitely the ability to fly.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An Olympic Figure Skater (I competitively figure skated for 12 Years)

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

Last summer I hiked & swam the Arroyo Seco River Gorge – turned out to be much more of an adventure than anticipated!

What’s the last book you read?

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

But currently I’m finishing Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

What is something people don’t know about you?

I know a lot of Rock & Roll oldies. Love ‘em.

Aariya & Aashna’s Moment – Hand Disorders

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Aariya and Aashna are twin sisters who were each born with an upper-limb difference. The twins are treated by the world-renowned hand specialists at Scottish Rite Hospital, where outstanding care is always served with a smile just like tea for two.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/hand-disorders.

Learn About Our Fracture Clinic Before You Need Us

At Scottish Rite Hospital, we treat children with conditions from the common to the complex. Through our world-renowned patient care and ongoing dedication to research, we are able to treat each child with an individualized care plan to get them back to being active. Our Fracture Clinic, located in our North Campus, specializes in evaluating growing bones and how to respond to injuries. Through the expertise of our multidisciplinary team and our research in fractures, we can determine the best treatment approach for each patient.

Many patients that come to our clinic live very active lifestyles, competing in sports and daily activities. It is our priority to determine a plan that will allow each child to return to their activities safely and stronger than before. Depending on the fracture, our research allows us to look at both surgical and non-surgical options.

FractureTwin brothers arrived in our Fracture Clinic with an interesting story. Both of the boys broke their collar bone (clavicle) while snowboarding on a family vacation. Carsen and Cameron, both 13 from Midlothian, were relieved that neither of them needed surgery. Although they are taking a “break” from high impact activities for a little while, our team can ensure that once they have finished healing properly, we will have them back to being kids.

Some patients with a collar bone fracture may need to have surgery. Our team, with the help of patients like Carsen and Cameron, are participating in a large research study of children and adolescents with clavicle fractures. By following young patients through their care and recovery, we can help define the evidence-based recommendations for optimal care depending on remaining years of growing and other factors.

Bumps and bruises are sometimes a normal part of kids being kids! However, if your child breaks a bone, you may call our fracture clinic directly at 469-515-7200. To learn more about our Fracture Clinic, watch the video below or visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

 

National Doctor’s Day is Thursday, March 30

Anniston-Nix-afge-6-of-Hughes-Springs_04We 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 20 orthopedic surgeons and 45 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 269,000 patients have been treated since the hospital’s inception
  • 2,610 surgeries were performed in fiscal year 2016
  • Our 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.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care was March 3, 2017

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care was held March 3, 2017 in the T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. The 18th annual seminar for pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and health care professionals providing direct care to children attracted 215 attendees from across the state of Texas as well as individuals from Alabama, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia and New York.

Conference presentation topics included behavioral health: practical psychology and psychiatry for the primary care provider, ADHD: practical tips to improve outcomes, Fragile X: diagnosis and treatment, childhood onset psychiatric disorders, neuromotor development in infants and children and the challenges of the autistic adolescent. This activity was provided jointly by UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

For more information, visit community.tsrhc.org/dbp.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Tabetha Rowe, Registered Nurse, Sports Medicine

Tabetha is a registered nurse who has been working with young athletes for the past five years. She’s currently working at our North Campus in Plano. Get to know more about her in our Staff Spotlight below.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My sports medicine co-workers. We have an environment of trust, support and respect. We are always having a good time.

Tabetha RoweWhat’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

The opportunity to equally care for all kids, regardless of their financial situation.

What skills do you need for your job?

Time management, good sense of humor, patience, ability to stay calm when things get busy, multi-tasking, problem-solving

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

Sales at The Buckle in Memphis, Tennessee. My first nursing job was in Ventura, California in pediatrics at a community hospital.

What is your favorite…

  • Team building activity: When the North Campus staff joined a softball league last spring.
  • Hospital event: The Annual Brandon Carrell Conference 

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What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: anywhere with sand, water and a view.
  • Type of food: dessert, preferably gelato, ice cream or frozen yogurt

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

Teleportation to eliminate my commute.

What is your favorite sport to watch? Do you have a favorite team?

College football – Michigan Wolverines, Go Blue!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine biologist, I love animals.

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

A trip to Alaska that included ziplining, flying in small planes over glaciers, and visiting the Arctic Circle.

Our KidSwing Golf Tournament is Celebrating 15 Years!

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  • In sports…Mike Weir won the Masters, the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship, The Marlins won the World Series, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.
  • At the movies….The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Finding Nemo were tops at the movie theater. Chicago won the Oscar for the Best Picture.
  • On Television…CSI, American Idol, Survivor, and Friends were must see TV.
  • On Radio…50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was number one on the Billboard Charts, and Beyonce was “Crazy in Love.”
  • At the bookstore…Everyone was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Crazy but true…Baseball fan Steve Bartman reached for a ball that Chicago Cubs outfielder Moses Alou was trying to catch, continuing a Cubs World Series drought that would last 14 more years.
  • Music news…The iTunes Music Store as Time Magazine’s invention of the year.
  • In technology….Camera phones became popular.

For more information about KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 5 to 18 of all levels of golf ability, visit kidswing.org.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: David Espinosa, Social Worker

David EspinosaThe social workers at Scottish Rite Hospital focus on the well-being of patients and their families. As families find ways to work with the challenges of their children’s diagnosis and special needs, the social workers help in many ways, such as:

  • Providing emotional support and empathy.
  • Locating a variety of services, including supportive counseling, lodging and transportation assistance, discharge planning and referrals to community resources and programs.
  • Serving as advocates and liaisons and help to reduce stress and eliminate barriers families are experiencing.
  • Available to offer support, comfort and resources so parents can focus on what truly matters, their child.

Our Social Work team consists of 5 social workers at our Main Campus and one social worker at our North Campus in Plano. David Espinosa, the North Campus social worker, has been with the hospital for one year.

Get to know David in our Staff Spotlight below…

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping remove barriers to care.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

The popcorn…and my coworkers

Describe a typical day.

On a typical day, I assist with discharge planning and collaborate with the clinical staff. I speak with families about equipment vendors and therapy providers, community resources, or other needs related to care, and assess psychosocial needs. I also assist with Crayon Care enrollments at the North Campus.

What made you want to work here?

The positive atmosphere.

What career path did you take to get here?

I was a school social worker for 8 years prior to coming to Scottish Rite Hospital. In that time, I also became a licensed clinical social worker, provided counseling in a private practice, and did other contract work with various agencies.

What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: John USVI
  • Type of food: Thai
  • TV show: LOST

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

Telekinesis

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A meteorologist and paramedic

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

I flew a trike over Kauai.

What’s the last book you read?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

What is something people don’t know about you?

I’m full of sarcasm.

Our Tips for Non-Weight Bearing Activities

Wheelchair blogEnvisioning a major lifestyle change can be a challenge. Transitioning from being a busy and active young person to being a wheelchair can be tough to visualize. Being in a wheelchair does not mean being inactive, it only means redefining activities. What does your child like to play and how can you change this activity to continue their interest and activity level? This post contains many ideas to help your child to remain active. You and your child can come up with your own activities and games as well.

Important: All activities must be discussed with your doctor before participating. The non- weight bearing status must be maintained at all times.

Adapting Activities

Adapting activities can be easy if you think outside the box. This means making the activity fit your child’s needs by changing different aspects of the activity, including the rules and structure. The same activities can still be fun and challenging for you and your child. Below are some ideas for adapting activities.

Rules:

  • Allow more bounces in a game (i.e. basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.).
  • Allow for multiple hits in a sport (i.e. baseball, volleyball, tennis, etc.).
  • Allow different scoring system for points.
  • Vary the passing styles.
  • Reduce or extend time to perform the action for the sport.

Equipment:

  • Use lighter bats or racquets.
  • Use shorter handles on racquets or similar equipment.
  • Change the size or type of ball used for an activity. For example, for tennis, use a lowpressure ball; for baseball, use a softball; and for volleyball, use a beach ball or a balloon.

Environment:

  • Decrease the size of the court or playing area.
  • Lower basketball nets or hoops.
  • Change the standard boundaries of a game.

Activity Ideas

Basketball

  • Begin with a smaller basketball and lower hoop. This can help to develop coordination of shooting hoops from a wheelchair.
  • Slowly increase up to a standard size basketball and raise the hoop a little daily or weekly.
  • Play a game of H-O-R-S-E with your child if he or she enjoys being competitive.
  • Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.

Tennis

  • Tennis can be played from a seated position.
  • Most high schools and parks have tennis courts that are open to the public.
  • Using smaller, lighter racquets with shorter handles and low-pressure tennis balls are ways to modify the game for your child.
  • Remember to be patient with your child when playing tennis in a wheelchair. 5. Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.

Volleyball

  • Start by using a balloon or beach ball with a string tied up horizontally as a ‘net’.
  • Once your child is comfortable with hitting the lighter objects, then he or she can begin using a beach ball or volleyball
  • Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.

Wheelchair Mobility

  • Have your child learn to wheel themselves in the wheelchair.
  • This can be an aerobic workout. Wheeling themselves everywhere they go helps develop strength and provides cardio exercise.
  • You can create games or races to see how far your child can go without getting tired.Consider racing them on a smooth sidewalk or go on family walks in the evening.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the therapeutic recreation department or your doctor for further assistance.

Adapted Cycles as Therapy

The Therapeutic Recreation staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children wants to see each child be as engaged and independent as possible. This is important in school and work but equally vital in recreation and play. Adapted cycles are one way to help a child achieve one dream they might have: riding a bike.

There are many types of adapted cycles for use by children with various medical conditions. These cycles give the flexibility needed for kids to ride a cycle who otherwise might not have that opportunity. The Therapeutic Recreation specialists at Scottish Rite Hospital can aid children in finding the right cycle for them. Additionally, several organizations exist dedicated to helping families pay for the cycle, once a family has decided what they need.

“We like to connect kids with adapted cycles because it not only promotes independence but also allows the child to achieve functional goals, like additional leg, arm or core strength,” says Allena Aussicker, Scottish Rite Hospital Therapeutic Recreation specialist, “It also allows them to just have fun and do something that many of their peers are doing.”

Kids are oftentimes thrilled when they have the opportunity to ride a cycle for the first time. Like many of us felt when we first learned to ride a bike, these kids also get to feel the special type of freedom and enjoyment that a cycle provides.

If you would like more information about adapted cycles, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation staff at Scottish Rite Hospital at 214-559-8348 or therapeuticrecreation@tsrh.org.