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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.

Scottish Rite Hospital Welcomes Sharon Riley to Executive Team

Sharon Riley_webSharon Riley has joined the staff of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as its newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President. Riley came from health care consulting at Larson Riley Associates. Before that, she was CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Vice President for University hospitals, UT Southwestern Medical Center. She arrived at UT Southwestern after five years as COO at Anne Arundel Health System in Annapolis, Maryland.

She is actively involved in the community and has been involved in Board work at both the local and national level. Riley is a member of the International Women’s Foundation and Texas Women’s Ventures and has been active with the American Heart Association where she has served as Chair of the Go Red for Women lunch and been involved in Cotes du Coeur.

With a track record of improving patient care and satisfaction, Riley has developed an expertise in creating collaborative work environments, where a strategic vision can guide teams through the process of generating positive results and organizational excellence.

Riley is looking forward to the opportunities she will have at the hospital, “Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a wonderful organization with a vital mission. I have known and admired the outstanding care and amazing culture here for many years. I am extremely pleased to join the team and look forward to being a part of the work this great organization is doing on behalf of children.”

“Sharon’s experience and drive make her an absolute asset to the team,” said Robert L. Walker, Scottish Rite Hospital President and CEO. “We’re excited to bring her on board and look forward to the insights she will bring to this organization.”

Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Welcome to Scottish Rite Hospital, Sharon!

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Did you know…

…dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects approximately 10 percent of children?

…those diagnosed with dyslexia have trouble connecting sounds to letter symbols? This difficulty affects the way children with dyslexia learn to read and spell.

…with appropriate treatment, children with dyslexia can learn to read?

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is dedicated to serving children through innovative evaluation, treatment and education, as well as extensive outreach, educator and physician training programs and research.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/dyslexia.

Our Fracture Clinic Is Here to Help

A Young Gymnast’s Experience with our Fracture Clinic

When Riley broke her arm during a front handspring at the gym, she and her mom were both afraid that she would need surgery. Thankfully, a friend at her gym told them exactly where to go for expert fracture care. On their first visit to Scottish Rite Hospital, they met with Gerad Montgomery, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in non-operative fracture care. He explained to them that surgery was not the only option for Riley’s injury. After discussing the pros and cons of each treatment option and getting answers to all of their questions, Riley and her mother decided to continue care without surgery. Fractures like Riley’s can be challenging to manage and often require a series of several specialized casts to keep the bones aligned correctly and allow them to heal.

DSC_0251Riley tells us she has gotten lots of questions about her cast, which was specially molded to help align her bone. “I tell people my bones are sticking out,” Riley said with a smile as she talked about the bulges from spacers in the cast. Then, she laughed saying she assures them that her bones are fine.

“When I called to ask about some feelings Riley was describing, Gerad asked to speak directly with her about what she was feeling,” her mom explained. She and Riley thought this was a great example of the outstanding service they received from the moment they met the Fracture Clinic team.

Riley is now back in the gym and able to participate in some activities. She is still wearing a cast, since the healing process takes time. “She’s happy this doesn’t keep her out of her training,” her mom and former coach tells us. “In pediatrics and sports medicine, we look for ways to keep kids engaged in their activities; we know this is good for them physically and psychologically,” Gerad says.

Bumps and bruises are sometimes a normal part of kids being kids. However, if your child breaks a bone, you can call our fracture clinic directly at 469-515-7200. To learn more about our Fracture Clinic on our North Campus visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

Have You Ever Thought About How Climate Change Can Affect Young Athletes? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

While encouraging children to get outside and play, pediatricians have also been advocating for them on many environmental issues. Sports Medicine physicians, like Shane Miller, M.D., are particularly concerned about how the climate and other changes will impact young athletes. These concerns fall into several key categories.


Diego Hernandez age 11 of Balch Springs_071As the temperatures rise seasonally and with global changes, the risk for heat-related illness also increases. According to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “the number of deaths in American high school and college football players from heat stroke has doubled from 15 to 29 from 2000-2010.” Dr. Miller and many others believe deaths from heat illness are preventable, but future global changes may make that more difficult.

Air Quality

Exercise –induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), once considered exercise-induced asthma, is the reaction of the breathing airways to the environment. Though this often happens in cold and dry environments, it is made worse by smoke, smog, pollen, and other allergens in the air. Since children already breathe a little faster than adults, the added challenges of polluted air can make sports participation difficult, or even dangerous. Prevention and treatment strategies are successful for many children with EIB.

Disease Carrying Insects

The news is filled with warnings about infectious disease and many are spread by insects. Most recently, in our area, mosquitos are known to share West Nile and Zika viruses. Though many healthy individuals have recovered from these illnesses, the risk of major health consequences continue to rise.

Dr. Miller says, “We want the world to be a place where playing outside is safe and doesn’t cause problems for young athletes.”

For more information on pediatric sports medicine and injury prevention, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Doctors Head To Prague For 51st Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) is an international society that puts on an annual conference to bring together leading spine surgeons and researchers from around the world. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the progress made towards the treatment of spinal deformities and to learn from top professionals in the field.

The 51st Annual Meeting will be held in Prague from September 22 to September 24 and include presentations from top professionals who treat spinal deformities at all levels and in all ages. The annual meeting and course consist of more than 125 presentations, which will cover an array of topics.

Every year, Scottish Rite Hospital is well represented at this conference and it provides our physicians with the opportunity to present the hospital’s finest work and showcase it on an international stage. From the thousands of abstracts submitted this past February, over ten of our studies were accepted for either podium or poster presentation at this year’s SRS meeting. The presentation topics include pediatric spine deformities, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, bracing in AIS, and several others.

SRS Group

Chief of Staff, Dr. Dan Sucato, sees tremendous value in the quality of work that is presented at these international conferences. “The Scoliosis Research Society is, and has been, a critically important international meeting for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. It is an opportunity for us to showcase our research seeking to improve the lives of children with scoliosis and allows us to collaborate and network with surgeons and spine care providers throughout the world. We continue to have significant leadership positions within this prestigious organization, a true reflection of the hospital and the talented staff”.

As part of the conference, the SRS also gives several awards, which recognize the best paper and poster, submitted each year. Dr. Karl Rathjen, Dr. Dan Sucato, and their respective teams, have been nominated for an award. Dr. Rathjen is nominated for the Louis A. Goldstein Award, which is given to the best clinical research poster at the conference. His poster, Clinical Indications Associated with Abnormal MRIs in a Pediatric Spine Deformity Practice, shows that while pain was the most common reason to order an MRI, it was not a predictive factor of an abnormal MRI. Additionally, Dr. Dan Sucato has been nominated for the Hibbs Clinical Award for his paper with researcher, Johnny Zhang, titled Improvement in SRS22R Pain Scores after Surgery for AIS. This award is given to the best basic science and clinical papers at the conference and the nominees are selected to present their papers.

Scottish Rite Hospital continues to be recognized around the world for its groundbreaking research. The SRS, and many of the other international conferences, provide an opportunity for our doctors and researchers to not only showcase the hard work that happens here at the hospital, but it also allows them to further their education in order to provide top notch patient care.

Thursday is North Texas Giving Day!

For one day only, a portion of your gift of $25 or more given to Scottish Rite Hospital online at https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/texas-scottish-rite-hospital-for-crippled-children will earn bonus funds.

About North Texas Giving Day

NTGD-2016_Full-Circle-Logo_4C_02mgNorth Texas Giving Day is an online giving event for people across the nation (and the world!) to come together to raise as much money as possible for North Texas nonprofits on one day: September 22, 2016. In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting 2,020 nonprofits.

Join in this year’s effort between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight (Central) on Thursday, September 22. Make your online donation to Scottish Rite Hospital 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.