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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas

Jeremiah_Blog2Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2006. Due to the development of osteosarcoma in his bones, he had to have his leg amputated, and he now wears a full-leg prosthesis. Jeremiah is proud to be a cancer survivor. He enjoys being active and likes to play basketball with friends outside of school. He wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up. Last year, Jeremiah had two firsts on this trip: flying on an airplane and snow skiing. This year, he’s looking forward to reconnecting with old friends from the trip and learning more from his ski instructor from last year. Jeremiah enjoyed last year’s trip and is excited to go back!

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

Jeremiah_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: 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: Alfonso, age 14 of Bedford

Alfonso_BlogAlfonso, age 14 of Bedford, Texas, has been treated for both hand differences and prosthetic needs at Scottish Rite Hospital since he was five years old.

Alfonso dreams of one day becoming a teacher and enjoys volleyball and playing the trombone. His prosthetist Kara Davis describes him as a “very fun-loving, active kid” and his adventurous spirit is infectious to all who meet him. Alfonso has never been skiing and is excited to learn on this year’s Amputee Ski Trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

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Alfonso served as a Patient Champion for the Dallas Marathon 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.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

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.


Martial Arts for Kids: Some Common Questions Answered

The Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, a committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) focused on the well-being of young athletes, recently published a report focused on safety in martial arts. Scottish Rite Hospital Sports Medicine specialists Shane M. Miller, M.D., and Jane S. Chung, M.D., both members of the council, have answered some FAQs to help you interpret the clinical report and make safe choices for your children.

What are the most common injuries seen in children who participate in martial arts?

Dr. Miller: The most common injuries seen in martial arts include fractures (broken bones), ligament sprains, muscle strains and contusions (deep bruises). Concussions are also common in disciplines that involve striking or grappling.

Martial Arts_FacebookWhat are the benefits of participating in martial arts?

Dr. Miller: These activities promote life skills like self-discipline, respect, self-control and confidence. Additionally, there are physical benefits that translate to general wellness and a lifetime of physical activity. These include: flexibility, muscle strengthening, balance and coordination.

What equipment do you recommend to make participation safer?

Dr. Chung: Certain martial arts such as taekwondo and those that involve contact like sparring require a soft helmet, mouth guards and body pads. This equipment is intended to decrease the risk of skull and dental trauma, face trauma-lacerations, abrasions, but do not prevent concussions.

Is there an age that is too young to participate?

Dr. Chung: There is no specific age that is too young to participate, however a child or adolescent should not proceed to competitions or sparring until they have mastered non-contact skills and drills, and are both physically and mentally mature as determined by their instructor.

The AAP strongly discourages participation in mixed martial arts (MMA) in the pediatric population. These typically include combat style fighting involving repeated blows to the head, chokeholds, takedowns and awarding total knock-outs or TKO’s. Also, awarding extra points for direct hits to the head should not be supported.

What is the key message of the clinical report?

Dr. Chung: There are various forms of martial arts, some require contact with other individuals, and some do not. It is imperative to understand the child’s capabilities both physically and psychologically. This level of maturity helps to determine if they are ready to progress to training and competition that includes contact. For some, sticking with non-contact forms of martial arts may be appropriate.

Dr. Miller: In addition to Dr. Chung’s comments, focusing on defensive and blocking techniques may reduce the risk of injury. Along with rule changes that eliminate blows to the head and points awarded for blows or kicks to the head, these can also help reduce the risk of concussions.

If you have questions we didn’t answer, email us at sportsmedicine@tsrh.org. You can request an appointment with Dr. Miller or Dr. Chung online.

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

Holiday Special Events Roundup

Learn more about some of the following special events taking place; full details are available on the events calendar.

Dallas Cowboys Holiday Visit

Members of the Dallas Cowboys team and cheerleaders have been visiting Scottish Rite Hospital patients since 1996. Their annual holiday visit will take place on Monday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Monday, December 05, 2016 | 09:30 AM

Dallas Stars Visit

Members of the Dallas Stars hockey team will visiting Scottish Rite Hospital. They will visit in the Atrium with our patients and play games and craft at various tables.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | 01:30 PM

Dallas Marathon T-shirt Visit

This event is a special time for elite runners, Dallas Marathon board members, DPD officers and special guests to visit the hospital and pass out Dallas Marathon kid T-shirts to TSRHC patients. It is a wonderful opportunity for guests to see how the event proceeds are making a difference in the lives of our patients.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Friday, December 09, 2016 | 09:00 AMFor more information about the Dallas Marathon, visit bmwdallasmarathon.com.

BMW Dallas Marathon

The 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016. BMW has announced that it will be the title sponsor for this year’s race. Since 1997, Scottish Rite Hospital has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon. From 1997 through the end of 2015, the marathon has donated over $3.8 million to TSRHC.

Santa’s Texas Team Holiday Visit

Santa’s Texas Team, an annual holiday visit at Scottish Rite Hospital, is an organization dedicated to bringing happiness, goodwill and the Christmas spirit to children throughout the community. Santa and Mrs. Claus travel to the hospital in Bell Helicopter to spread holiday cheer and deliver toys to the children. Santa’s Texas Team will be coming to the Atrium after the landing for pictures and crafts with our patients and their families.

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 01:30 PM

Scottish Rite Hospital breaks ground on new North Campus

Groundbreaking celebration draws a crowd of 250, plans for new facility are unveiled

The groundbreaking celebration for the North Campus of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was an invitation-only event that drew a crowd of more than 250 friends, trustees, patients and their families, Frisco representatives and hospital staff. Visitors walked through a visual timeline of Scottish Rite Hospital’s 95-year history before arriving at the groundbreaking ceremony in Frisco, Texas.

Groundbreaking_blogScottish Rite Hospital’s North Campus, expected to open in fall 2018, is being designed and built by The Beck Group and HKS Architects. It will be located on 40 acres at the Northeast corner of Lebanon Road and Dallas North Tollway. The five-story, 345,000-square-foot campus will have a footprint of approximately 10 acres. The hospital is hoping to fulfill a growing need for patient care in the rapidly growing area of North Texas. Currently, approximately 25 percent of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s patient population comes from cities north of Dallas, so it hopes to ease some of the travel burden on current patients as well.

The new facility will be an ambulatory care center that will offer clinics and day-surgeries for children with orthopedic issues. The campus will be anchored by its Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, led by Philip L. Wilson, M.D. and will provide specialized treatment for sports-related orthopedic conditions and concussions. The new fracture clinic, currently located in Plano, will also relocate to the North Campus. It provides walk-in services for patients without a physician referral or an appointment. In addition, the campus will be proactive with an educational outreach program to improve athletic safety within schools and sports teams.

The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility that includes a movement science center, physical and occupational therapy services and outdoor amenities including playing fields, a walking and running trail and a playground park for patients and the community.

“We are excited to be coming to Frisco, where we will continue to give children back their childhood in this vibrant community,” said Robert L. Walker, Scottish Rite Hospital president and CEO.

“What Scottish Rite Hospital is bringing to our community is really important,” said Mayor Maher Maso, “We are so pleased to have the hospital as a community partner, helping create a bright future for our city and our children.”

Included in the groundbreaking event was the kick off of Scottish Rite Hospital’s Centennial Celebration, which will lead up to its 100th anniversary in 2021. The theme of this celebration, Boundless, was developed by The Richard’s Group and represents the hospital’s focus on continuing to grow and advance as a world renowned organization, with no bounds or limits, for the next one hundred years.

For more information about our North Campus, visit scottishritehospital.org/northcampus.

Read local media coverage:

Community Impact Newspaper // Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children breaks ground on Frisco campus

Dallas Morning News // Scottish Rite begins work on new 5-story medical center on 40 acres in Frisco

Dallas Business Journal // Texas Scottish Rite Hospital plants roots in Frisco

KRLD News Radio Audio Excerpt // Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Breaks Ground On Frisco Campus

D Magazine – Healthcare Daily // Scottish Rite Breaks Ground on its Frisco Expansion

Healthcare Design // Scottish Rite Hospital Unveils Plans For New Facility

CultureMap Dallas // Renowned children’s hospital makes Frisco even more family-friendly with new location

Frisco Enterprise // Scottish Rite breaks ground on care center

Sports Medicine MVP – Trinity

Trinity has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was an infant. Under the care of Dr. Daniel Sucato, Trinity was treated without surgery, for hip dysplasia. For many years, she had no symptoms or problems, but in her very active life, she began to have hip pain and Dr. Sucato referred her to Dr. Henry Ellis. His expertise in treating young athletes with hip problems was just what she needed. He performed a hip arthroscopy to treat a labral tear. She is recovering and is back to her activities without pain.

Trinity MVP

What is your favorite thing about playing sports?
The competition and adrenaline – not worrying about anything else but being in the moment.

What sport do you play?
I play golf, cross-country, baseball and soccer.

What is the best thing about playing on a team?
The fact that you are with a group of people just as crazy about the sport as you. Also, how it teaches you life skills, like working together that allow you to be a better team member.

What do you like to do when you’re not playing sports?
Mainly eating and sleeping but also playing with my sisters or catching a movie. I also love to read, I’m a huge book nerd.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History, I love American history and how people would do things without the technology we have today.

What is one sport you don’t play that you would like to try?
Lacrosse actually seems like a really cool sport to play. It’s kind of like baseball and soccer together. It just looks fun!

What is one thing you have learned through playing sports?
That it is a great way to mature and learn to be responsibly with your time. It also allows you to be challenged and I’m very competitive.

For more information about our Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Learn More About Our Fracture Clinic Walk-In Hours

In many cases, a visit to your pediatrician, urgent care or emergency room is your first stop when your child is hurt. If you are told to follow-up with a pediatric orthopedic specialist for a fracture, you can come to the Scottish Rite Hospital Fracture Clinic during our convenient walk-in hours.

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If you have not had X-rays for the child’s new injury, that is okay too. Parents can call 469-515-7200 to request an appointment.

For more information about our Fracture Clinic, please visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.