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North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 17

Keep Calm and Give On for North Texas Giving Day! For one day only, a portion of your gift of $25 or more given to TSRHC online at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/texas-scottish-rite-hospital-for-children will earn bonus funds.

NTX Giving Day Eblast - PreEvent -FB 2About North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to — and start relationships with — new donors, and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. In just six years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $86 million into the North Texas community. In 2014, more than 98,000 gifts totaling $26.3 million benefited 1,580 nonprofits.

North Texas’ incredible generosity has broken the national record 3 years in a row! After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $26.3 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hopes that North Texas will raise the giving day bar once again to benefit more North Texas nonprofits.

Join in this year’s effort between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 17. Make your online donation to TSRHC here!

Note: Please note that gifts through NTGD may not be used to fulfill pledges or purchase tickets/sponsorships for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children events. All proceeds will go directly where they are needed most…to insuring the health and happiness of our precious patients.

Chipotle is offering 50% of proceeds to TSRHC on Wednesday, June 17

This Wednesday, June 17, Chipotle is offering 50% of their proceeds to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children!

Just go to any Dallas/Fort Worth area Chipotle on Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. with this flyer (either printed or shown on your mobile device) or tell your cashier that you’re supporting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

It’s as easy as that! Enjoy your lunch and thank you for dining in support of TSRHC!

For locations, please visit www.chipotle.com.


TSRHC Welcomes New Hand Surgeon Dr. Christopher Stutz

Stutz - Whitecoat copyPediatric orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Christopher M. Stutz has joined the staff of TSRHC, working with the team at the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center led by Dr. Marybeth Ezaki.

Stutz earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and completed an internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was a hand and micro-vascular surgery fellow at Washington University and a congenital hand surgery fellow at TSRHC.

Stutz is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Read more about Stutz in his bio. Welcome to Scottish Rite Hospital!!

What If We Could Prevent All Injuries in Youth Sports? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

UntitledParents, youth sports administrators and the sports medical community are working together to reduce injuries in youth sports. So is our team at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine. We recently participated in the 6th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas hosted by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, a division of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Together, more than 100 sports medicine experts from across the country and parents of young athletes talked about myths and challenging topics in sports injury prevention.  Our own Shane Miller, M.D., gave his perspective as a pediatrician with fellowship training in sports medicine.

“To move forward with injury prevention, we must keep working together,” Dr. Miller explains.

How can you help prevent youth sports injuries?

Parents – here’s what you can do now:

  • Take your son or daughter to the primary care provider for required sports physicals.
  • Know your family medical history and answer honestly on physical questionnaires.
  • Encourage your athlete by cheering from the sideline, not coaching.
  • Ask your athlete if he/she wants you to provide critique and suggestions.
  • Encourage good sleep and eating habits.
  • Talk openly about the dangers of consuming energy drinks and supplements.
  • Learn or help develop emergency action plans for teams and venues where kids play sports.

Coaches – here’s what you can do now:

  • Listen to your athlete’s complaints, don’t ignore them.
  • Recognize when an athlete is fatigued. Injury rates increase with fatigue.
  • Communicate with your team’s parents.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship.
  • Teach proper technique and rules, these are known to reduce risk of injury.
  • Promote having fun, this can reduce burnout for coaches and players.
  • Encourage proper hydration in all seasons of training.

Our TSRHC Sports Medicine team is committed to reducing sports injuries for your young athletes and providing you with tools to do the same. Follow us to keep up with the latest in sports injury prevention.


TSRHC Names Ellen Haynes as Vice President, Major Gifts and Corporate Giving

RIC_7797 2Ellen Haynes, formerly director of development at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been named vice president of major gifts and corporate giving at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Haynes brings 18 years of health care fundraising experience to the hospital.

The appointment comes at a time when TSRHC has announced plans to build an ambulatory surgical center in Frisco, the first major satellite operation in the hospital’s 94-year history. “The hospital has a unique opportunity,” said TSRHC President and CEO Robert L. Walker. “As we expand access to care north, bringing on a knowledgeable and experienced development officer like Ellen will help us gain the support needed to serve more children with our world-class pediatric orthopaedic care.”

Haynes spent eight years as director of development at UT Southwestern, an institution closely aligned with TSRHC. All of the hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons hold faculty appointments at UT Southwestern. Haynes joined the TSRHC development team last July.

“I’m excited to join a team of this caliber and commitment and help grow its impact on children with orthopaedic needs,” she said. “Texas Scottish Rite Hospital is such an extraordinary place that makes the world a better place for children.”

At UT Southwestern, Haynes cultivated and expanded relationships with foundations, corporations and private donors. Before joining UT Southwestern in 2006, she was a senior account manager on the corporate relations health care team at the American Heart Association’s National Center.

Haynes earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

We don’t want to tell them not to play – TSRHC Sports Medicine

LOGO_Vert_SportsMedCntr_croppedThe easy way to take care of an injured athlete is to tell him or her not to play. Here at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, we look for every way to get athletes back to the field, and if possible, help them stay active while recovering from an injury. Why?


  • There are general health benefits of physical activity
  • Lower body mass index (height to weight ratio) and higher aerobic capacity are associated with improved academic performance
  • There is a positive relationship for sports participation and healthy psychosocial states for adolescents.

Dr. Shane Miller and Dr. Henry Ellis joined their peers in February at the 2nd annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRISM) meeting. PRISM has brought together a multi-disciplinary team to combine efforts to keep athletes on the field. The meeting, with its attendance of more than 120 of the nation’s pediatric sports medicine specialists, is one of a kind, and our experts took an active role in planning and presenting.

Because of the rise of sports participation in youth, and the concurrent rise in sports injuries, the use of health care resources has increased in this population. Though much progress has been made to ensure that we don’t treat young athletes like little adults, our providers agree that much research is needed.

When tackling the tough topics about how to perform surgery on small joints or how to prevent injuries in contact sports, the consistent theme was not to tell kids not to play. You can trust that our team is constantly working to find answers to these questions…

How do we keep athletes on the field when we do have to treat them? How do we get them back faster?

Learn more about Dr. Miller and Dr. Ellis on our website.

Donor Spotlight: North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association

The North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association (NTGCSA) has been supporting TSRHC for more than 20 years.

IMG_20141007_111545The NTGCSA became involved with TSRHC in the late 90’s through the invitation of one of its founding members, Quinton Johnson. Quinton and his wife Martha’s granddaughter was treated at TSRHC following an accident, and they experienced first-hand the specialized care of the hospital.

Soon after, Quinton became involved as a TSRHC volunteer and invited the NTGCSA board of directors for a visit and tour of the hospital. He enouraged the chapter to become involved with an idea for the construction of a putting green for the patients to use during their therapy.


TSRHC Putting Green

After that initial meeting and tour, the NTGCSA chapter has been committed to supporting the hospital through financial and equipment donations as well as agronomic expertise by its members.

In 2014, NTGCSA made a $3,500 donation, which extends their cumulative giving total to over $70,000! The chapter also hosts an annual education meeting in the auditorium of TSRHC’s T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center each fall. They have brought in many well known turfgrass researchers to provide education and have a great turnout every year. This year Beth Guertal, Ph.D., was the featured speaker and discussed turf fertility and nutrition.

Thank you NTGCSA for all that you continue to do to support our hospital!!


Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Chelsey, age 17 of Pecan Gap, Texas

Chelsey Gonzales

Chelsey, age 17 of Pecan Gap, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since birth. When she was only 6 hours old, she received a below the knee amputation, so she has worn a prosthesis her whole life. This year will be Chelsey’s first time on the TSRHC ski trip and she is very excited to bond with other kids with similar disabilities as her. She will be celebrating her 18th birthday in Colorado as well! When she grows up, Chelsey hopes to be a cosmetologist because she enjoys doing her friend’s makeup and hair.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Patients Gear Up for 34th Annual Ski Trip 





Amputee patients filled the Prosthetics and Orthotics department of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) Saturday morning in eager anticipation of the 34th annual TSRHC ski trip. 14 excited teenage amputees picked out brand new, top of the line St. Bernard Sports jackets for the upcoming trip to Winter Park Colorado. St. Bernard Sports generously donated the ski jackets to our amputees to keep as a warm memento of their ski adventure. American Airlines will fly the teens, along with medical staff and chaperones to The National Sports Center for the Disabled on Monday February 9th. American Airlines has been a proud sponsor of the TSRHC ski trip for the last 10 years.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Visit with the Michigan State Spartans

On Monday, December 29, the Michigan State University Spartans paid a visit to the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Bo Howard, Justin Williams, Kai HowardMichigan State University will be playing Baylor University on New Year’s Day at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Spartan football players and coaches filled TSRHC’s Atrium and signed hats, t-shirts and posters for patients and their families. Many of the players also asked for autographs from the patients on their TSRHC hats.


Thank you for visiting the patients and we wish you luck in the Cotton Bowl!

View additional photos from the event on TSRHC’s Facebook page and read media coverage online:
Detroit Free Press
M Live
Dallas Morning News