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Karen’s Moment – Volunteer Services

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Whether it’s greeting patient families or helping behind the scenes, more than 1,000 volunteers contribute to the mission of Scottish Rite Hospital. Volunteers, like Karen are there every moment, supporting and caring for our patients like a good friend.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Volunteer Services department on our Facebook page. Join us for volunteer stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.

A Look Inside PRiSM for Parents of Young Athletes – Sports Medicine

Scottish Rite Hospital recently co-hosted the fourth annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) meeting. The two-day conference included discussion of various clinical cases and medical professionals were able to share innovative ideas for research to provide better care for young athletes. Co-chair of the Program Committee for PRiSM and Assistant Chief of Staff at Scottish Rite Hospital, Philip Wilson, M.D. lined up over 75 presentations by physicians, physical therapists, movement science experts, and even an expert in veterinary pathology.

The attendees represented more than 75 children’s hospitals, universities and major medical centers across the country and beyond. Here are some topics that were discussed this weekend:

  • Injury Prevention – We continue to see injuries in young athletes that are preventable. Though we work hard to identify the best ways to treat these injuries, our organizations must continue to share messages about how to prevent these. Read more here.
  • Osteochondtritis Dissecans (OCD) – A small group of attendees spent an entire day discussing current research and future plans for studies to improve the treatment of OCD in the knee, the group is known as Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee (ROCK), you can learn more about OCD and this group here.
  • Movement Science and Return to Sports – There is agreement across the country that returning to sports after an injury is an important decision that is not based on time, we must look at how the body has recovered and whether or not it is ready for the multi-direction movements in sports. Evidence based functional tests are recommended. At Scottish Rite Hospital, we use several including the Y-Balance Test, watch a video here.
  • Sports Concussions – As we learn more and more about concussions, experts continue to emphasize early recognition and medical clearance for returning to sports. Presenters shared survey results that show we have more work to do to help parents, coaches and young athletes to be confident with their knowledge and ability to recognize signs and symptoms of concussions. Learn more about sports concussions here.

Scottish Rite Hospital Staff Chuck Wyatt, R.N., C.P.N.P., R.N.F.A., Amanda Fletcher, R.N., C.P.N.P., R.N.F.A and Lorenzo Vite, P.T.

You can read more about PRiSM and see a full program list on their website. Many of our sports medicine staff members attended and volunteered to help make the weekend a success. Events like these help us develop our team to provide outstanding care to young and growing athletes.

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

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Andria, age 14 of Leonard

Andria_BlogAndria, age 14 of Leonard (a little town northeast of McKinney), has been a prosthetics patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for a year and a half. Andria was a passenger in a car accident that ultimately took her leg. She is an active teen and is taking a heavy load of science classes at school. Her goal is to become a doctor: either a surgeon or possibly an anesthesiologist. She has her sights aimed at attending Texas A&M University and going on to medical school. Andria is excited about the ski trip and seeing all of the snow in Colorado. This will be her first trip on an airplane and the first time she has traveled outside of Texas. Andria is looking forward to meeting new friends and having a great time. She did admit that she likes her sleep but says that she will be up and ready to hit the slopes every morning!

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: 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

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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!

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 Sports Medicine 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