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National Doctor’s Day is Wednesday, March 30

We celebrate our wonderful and caring physicians in honor of National Doctor’s Day and everyday. Below are a few facts about our incredible team:

Did You Know?

  • We have 19 orthopedic surgeons and 37 total full-time staff physicians
  • All physicians hold faculty appointments at UT Southwestern and are renowned for outstanding research and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows
  • More than 245,000 patients have been treated since the hospital’s inception
  • Scoliosis Clinic - Brace Check up and report card review with pt Haleigh Burleson age 11 of Tyler05We have more than 22,000 active patients
  • 2,102 surgeries were performed in fiscal year 2015
  • TSRHC physicians wrote the book on the treatment of orthopedic conditions affecting children. Now in its fifth edition, the Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics edited by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is the standard reference guide for orthopedic surgeons around the world.

Athletic Trainers and Baseline Testing – TSRHC Sports Medicine

LEE_2066 copyThe Sports Medicine team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s North Campus would not be complete without our athletic trainers. In conjunction with Athletic Training month, established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, we are celebrating our athletic trainers Josh Stevens, A.T.C., L.A.T., and Jamie Wightman, A.T.C., L.A.T.

Like many of their peers working on the sidelines of youth sports events, one of their roles in our clinic is to administer post-injury testing for patients who have, or may have, had a concussion. They perform a series of tests, including balance testing that helps with diagnosing a concussion and the return-to-learn and return-to-play decision making process.

One tool we use to assess the brain’s ability to function is the ImPACT™ online testing software. It includes tests for memory and reaction time, among other neurocognitive measures. The results are most useful when the provider can compare them to a pre-season baseline version. We recommend these for athletes 10 years and older who play contact sports.

Learn more about scheduling a baseline testing appointment with one of our athletic trainers online at scottishritehospital.org/baseline.

For information about sports concussions and pediatric sports medicine, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Helping Children Like Colby

When you witness the poise and fluid movements of Colby on stage, you know you’re witnessing a young dance professional and ballerina in action. In fact, Colby couldn’t picture life without dancing, and nothing, not even scoliosis, was going to keep her from pursuing the art of dance. Discover how Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) was Colby’s life force in helping her stand tall on stage.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition caused by an irregular twisting or curvature of the spine into a C- or S-shape. Scoliosis affects between 2 to 3 percent of school-age children, most often appearing in adolescent girls ages 10 to 15. Different forms of scoliosis exist, including the most common type, idiopathic scoliosis (it’s currently unknown what causes idiopathic scoliosis).

Dr. Amy McIntosh, a staff orthopedist at TSRHC, recalls that Colby’s spine curvature was greater than 50 degrees when the two first met. After assessing Colby’s curvature based on predictive factors of whether her curvature was going to get better or worse, Dr. McIntosh predicted that her curve was only going to worsen with age.

“She had the type of curve that I could do a selective thoracic fusion on,” Dr. McIntosh explains. “I could fuse only the vertebrae attached to her rib cage and leave the vertebrae that are in her lumbar spine untouched.” This type of surgery would allow Colby to support her flexibility, a critical asset for a dancer.

Three months after scoliosis surgery, Colby is standing tall once more. Her shoulders are even; the prominent curve that once characterized her back is gone, and her waist is more evenly symmetrical.

TSRHC Gets Colby Dancing Again

“It’s just been amazing,” Colby remarks about the TSRHC experience. “Five days I was at the hospital, and everyone was so nice.”

Today, Colby is back to pirouettes and pliés, just as graceful as when she first laced up her ballet slippers as a child.

Watch Colby’s Story

Volunteer at the 2016 Reverchon Roundup

Spring’s return brings opportunities for renewal, refreshment and the annual Reverchon Roundup. Taking place Saturday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m., this annual cleanup event, now in its 18th year, benefits the historic Reverchon Park, just steps from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in Dallas. Find out how you can join TSRHC in rolling up your sleeves and volunteering your time to care for this community space.

RIC_8212It Takes Friends to Care for Reverchon Park

Reverchon Park, a public park in the Oak Lawn section of Dallas, is like the Central Park of Dallas. Established in 1915, this 46-acre space provides recreation and refreshment for thousands of Dallas residents and visitors each year.

Today, the Friends of Reverchon Park, a nonprofit organization, preserves and ensures that the park remains an attractive community recreational area. Organized in 2005, the Friends unite volunteers from across Dallas and Fort Worth to care for and support Reverchon Park.

Rounding Up for Revitalization

The Reverchon Roundup invites TSRHC staff and volunteers to join the Friends of Reverchon Park in removing trash, spreading mulch, clearing away underbrush and debris, and planting flower beds. Additional partners in the project are the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, the Dallas Police Department, and Arborilogical Services. Additionally, area businesses sponsor breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages for the Roundup volunteers

Ready Yourself for This Year’s Roundup

TSRHC invites you to get involved in this year’s Reverchon Roundup on Saturday, March 5. Volunteer by yourself or gather your family, co-workers, or a group and spend the morning outdoors in one of the most beautiful park settings in Dallas. To get involved, please contact TSRHC Volunteer Services at 214-559-7825 or email reverchon.roundup@tsrh.org. Parking will be available at TSRHC.

March: Isaac’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Isaac, age 11, of Amarillo.

My Defining Moment:

The fingers on my left hand are stuck together except for my thumb. My doctor referred me to TSRHC to get help.

My Moment to Remember:

TSRHC is really nice. Everyone is friendly. The first time there, I saw lots of kids and I knew I wasn’t alone.

My Moment to Shine:

Camp has taught me how to do things I couldn’t do before and I try new things. I feel like we are family away from family.

Give a Patient like Isaac a Moment to Shine: A donation of $500 will contribute toward research that benefits children with hand and upper limb differences. To donate or learn about TSRHC’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center and specialized camps, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

Tips to Keep Safe on the Slopes

When hitting the slopes, it’s important to have the right equipment. Staying safe while skiing is a top priority for the 35th Annual Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Amputee Ski Trip. In honor of this special event, we’ve put together some important safety tips for fun in the snow.

  • Wear Sunscreen – Even if the day is overcast and freezing cold, you can still get sunburned on the slopes. The bright white snow reflects the sun’s rays and can cause major burns. To avoid getting sunburned, wear plenty of sunscreen and don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day
  • image1Stay Hydrated – Drinking lots and lots of water is the best protection against altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused when the body struggles to adjust to higher altitudes with thinner oxygen. Our ski trip participants are equipped to stay hydrated this year with personalized water bottles from our friends at Saint Bernard. Having water on hand as you transition to a higher altitude is the best way to avoid getting sick.
  • Wear a Helmet – Wearing a helmet on the slopes is the best way to protect your head in the event of a fall. Helmets can help prevent concussions and other major head trauma. Thanks to our friends at Giro, the teens on this year’s trip will have helmets to protect them as they learn how to ski.
  • Stay Warm – It’s important to stay warm while you ski. Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. This results in low body temperature, which can cause organs to function improperly. The teens on the ski trip will stay warm and safe thanks to our friends at Obermeyer while they ski.
  • RIC_5123Warm Up and Cool Down – When participating in strenuous physical activity, especially when learning a new sport, it’s critical to stretch and cool down properly. Stretching before starting the day can help keep the body loose and flexible for exercise. Cooling down at the end of the day with more stretching or a soak in the hot tub can prevent fatigue for the day ahead.

We hope these tips help inspire safety on the mountain. We wish the teens on this year’s trip a fun time in Colorado.

Thanks again to our friends at Saint Bernard, Giro and Obermeyer for keeping our skiers safe and warm on the Annual Amputee Ski Trip.

TSRHC Patient Delaney Named 94.9 KLTY Student Athlete of the Month

We are excited to announce that Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient Delaney is 94.9 KLTY’s Student Athlete of the Month.

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Delaney pictured with her parents.

About Delaney

Age / Grade: 18 / Senior

School: Dallas Christian School

Sport: Soccer

Why She Was Nominated: Delaney is a great example of faith and perseverance. She has been a leg amputee since she was just 10 days old. She pursues every goal with passion and determination.

She has been playing soccer since she was four, and she has cheered since the sixth grade. Last year, she had an additional surgery on her leg and spent two months without her prosthesis. During this time, she performed and danced in her school musical, Annie.

Delaney has spent her summers volunteering at TSRHC, and she plans to study early childhood development at Texas Tech University, with the goal of becoming a Child Life Specialist to help children in the same way she received help.

Congratulations Delaney!

**TSRHC is a sponsor of the KLTY Student Athlete of the Month Program. Listen to the on-air call with Delaney, where they let her know about the honor and shared her story with KLTY listeners.

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Natalie, age 14 of Fort Worth

NatalieNatalie, age 14 of Fort Worth, has been a part of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) family for most of her life. Born without a fibula bone, she came to TSRHC when she was only 11 months old to have her left foot amputated. But Natalie didn’t let that slow her down. She’s participated in Scottish Rite Hospital’s Learn to Golf programs and by eight years old, this generous girl was organizing lemonade stands and donating the proceeds back to the hospital.

In her free time, Natalie likes sketching and painting, and dreams of becoming an artist one day. She also enjoys playing video games and practicing the piano. Although she’s been skiing before, this is Natalie’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip and she’s excited to hit the slopes with fellow patients.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th 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 are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Joshua, age 16 of Houston

JoshuaJoshua, age 16 of Houston, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2009 when he contracted meningococcemia and had his left foot amputated. Joshua hasn’t let the setback slow him down. He is a member of the Boys Scouts of America and plays guitar and competitive computer games. He plans to study music in college and become a composer. Joshua has been skiing with the Boys Scouts in New Mexico, where he tumbled down the hill. He says he looks forward to improving his skiing skills and playing in the snow – something he doesn’t get much of chance to do in Houston – on the Amputee Ski Trip. Joshua has previously attended camps sponsored by the Amputee Coalition of America.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th 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 are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Whitney, age 17 of Ruston, Louisiana

WhitneyWhitney, age 17 of Ruston, Louisiana, is a patient with the prosthetics department at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). In her spare time, Whitney cheerleads on a pom squad and is an ambassador for the Amputee Coalition of America. Whitney hopes to one day start a business of training dogs and is currently training her dog, Maple, to be a therapy dog. Whitney has never been skiing, or to the mountains, so she is very excited for this new life experience and for getting to know the other teenage amputees that are going on the trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th 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 are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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.