Pediatric 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!!
Parents, 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.
Ellen 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.
The 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.
The North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association (NTGCSA) has been supporting TSRHC for more than 20 years.
The 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!!
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.
On Monday, December 29, the Michigan State University Spartans paid a visit to the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Michigan 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
Dallas Morning News
With Don Cummings, Director of Prosthetics
Violeta visited the White House in 2004. That year, she also became a patient at TSRHC, referred to the hospital by George W. Bush’s secretary of education, Rod Paige, who had met the 8-year-old Violeta during an official trip to Mexico two years earlier.
Violeta was born without a right leg and had a poorly functioning prosthetic. She came to TSRHC to be fitted for a new prosthetic and began making annual visits for adjustments or new legs as she grew. Now 20, Violeta is a scholarship college student back home. Recently she had her last TSRHC appointment, documented in this video, Violeta’s Story.
In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon® features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.
Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington, Texas has been a patient at TSRHC’s Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders for a year and a half. Elizabeth had been homeschooled and her mom knew that something was wrong, so the pediatrician sent them to TSRHC. After going through testing, she was diagnosed with dyslexia and, with much excitement, was soon admitted to The Luke Waites Center.The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named for Dr. Luke Waites, who in 1965 established a program at TSRHC to identify and treat children with learning disorders, primarily dyslexia. The World Federation of Neurology met at TSRHC in 1968 and formulated the first consensus definition of developmental dyslexia. With great progress in the dyslexia program at the hospital, Elizabeth’s parents now have to tell her to put her books away at night or else she will never go to bed! Outside of school, Elizabeth is an accomplished hockey player. Her future goals are to attend Yale University, because they have a great hockey team and an outstanding dyslexia center. Elizabeth is looking forward to representing the hospital as a Patient Champion at the 2014 Dallas Marathon!
Elizabeth was featured in the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, November 25. Read article online here!