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Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Omar!

OmarOmar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.

Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Facebook Live of his prosthetic fitting and one of his physical therapy appointments.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.

Dallas Marathon Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Grace!

GraceGrace, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.

Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.

Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

 

 

One year after a new ACL, our Sports Medicine MVP is shining!

Nate for eblast copyNate Rogers tore his ACL in his debut of junior league hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers a U19-elite team. Dr. Philip Wilson reconstructed his ACL and Nate took his rehabilitation and training seriously. One month after his return, he was named one of the “Stars of the Week” for the Eastern Hockey League. His recognition came after an amazing weekend of games scoring three goals. We asked this Richardson native a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing roller hockey when I was 6 and ice hockey when I was 9.

What are your dreams for your hockey career?

My long term goal is to play professional hockey but for now my goal is to play NCAA college hockey next year.

Since this area is home for you, are you still a Dallas STARS fan?

Yes, go Stars!

What do you remember about your experience with Dr. Wilson?

Only good things, he really helped me not only to get back to where I was before but to actually be stronger once I fully recovered.

What was the hardest thing to overcome after your injury and surgery?

The hardest thing to get back after surgery is confidence.

What advice do you have for young, injured athletes?

The harder you work the easier it gets.

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

Hydration Tips for Young Athletes Training in Cool Environments – Sports Medicine

It is easy to just think about hydration as a method of cooling the body in hot training environments. However, water does much more than cool you down. For example, staying properly hydrated helps your heart and blood vessels pump oxygen to your muscles and when you’re training. Therefore, we want athletes of all ages to remember to hydrate, even when you’re not hot.

Here are some key messages for young athletes training and competing in the cold:

  • 2014-Marathon-Race-Day_SA053In cooler weather, you may not feel thirsty. This does not mean your body does not need water. Look for creative ways to hydrate on heavy training days. Fruits and broth soups are great ways to add fluids to the menu.
  • Make the temperature of the water comfortable, no need for it to be cold. Many prefer cooler drinks to warm drinks, but room temperature may be easier to drink when it’s cold outside.
  • Drink water before, during and after training and events. The key here is not to try to “catch up” after the event. Spreading out the volume of flud at various stages helps the heart, brain, and muscles stay oxygenated throughout the competition.
  • Sports drinks are recommended for long events lasting more than one hour. The added calories from sweeteners and the additional electrolytes meant to replenish those lost through excessive sweating are generally not recommended for young athletes, unless they are competing at intense levels, in very humid conditions, or in events lasting over an hour. Choose water and look for more natural ways to add flavor with fruit.

Learn more about proper hydration for young athletes here.

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

Meet our 2016 Dallas Marathon Junior Race Director, Jax

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Jax, our Junior Race Director!

Screen Shot 2016-11-01 at 10.48.12 AMJax, age 16, is a Junior in high school in Lake Dallas. She is an avid soccer player and came to the Sports Medicine clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children last year with patellar dislocations. Dr. Ellis, a Scottish Rite Hospital surgeon, reconstructed a ligament using her hamstring tendon, and after working hard to fully recover, she is now back to her pre-surgery activities.

Jax is an accomplished soccer player and plays for her high school and a select soccer program. She’s fast, not to mention tough, and plays forward and outside mid. Off the field, Jax loves spending time with her friends and is caring, funny and dependable. After graduating high school, she hopes to get her associates degree at Blinn College and then go to Texas A&M University to begin pursuing a future in sports medicine. Jax is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Scottish Rite Hospital and serve as the 2016 Junior Race Director for this year’s BMW Dallas Marathon.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Jax and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Training Medical Professionals From All Over The World

One of our commitments to pediatric orthopedics is to train future medical professionals. We do this in so many ways. From medical students just beginning their career in medicine to fellows who have chosen a sub-specialty within a certain field, it is important to us that we share our experience and our knowledge to improve the care of all children all over the world. Literally.

Our Assistant Chief of Staff Philip L. Wilson, M.D., completed his training in Auckland, New Zealand at the ADIDAS Sports Medicine Centre. He continues to collaborate with those colleagues. Most recently, they arranged for Chris Ling a young medical student to spend time here in Texas with Dr. Wilson and our team.

We asked Chris to tell us about his experience, here is what he said:

I am medical student in my final year of study at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. One of the highlights of our medical program is the eight-week elective which gives us the opportunity to travel abroad and experience healthcare in another country. There were a number of reasons for me choosing to venture to the United States for an elective in Pediatric Sports Orthopedics. Sports have been a big part of my life growing up and as a result I have always had an interest in Sports Orthopedics. I felt that there was no better place for me to experience Sports Orthopedics than in the United States where sports are ingrained into the fabric of the nation. It would also provide me with a chance to gain an insight into one of the most debated health systems in the world.

IMG_20161005_190711_1I was in for a major cultural shock when I first arrived in Texas from ‘little old New Zealand.’ It took a little while to get used to the Texas slang, portion sizes, sporting culture and most of all the heat! There is the saying that ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and was no more apparent in Dallas where the catch phrase is ‘BIG’. I made an effort to immerse myself in the Texas way of life as much as possible. During my time in Dallas I took trip out to Fort Worth, experienced the atmosphere of the Cowboys Stadium, got a taste of the famous Texas barbeque and sampled the deep fried delicacies of the Texas State Fair.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Sports Medicine team at Scottish Rite Hospital’s North Campus. They were a great bunch of people to work with and made me feel a part of their big family. I learned a great deal during my elective and I was impressed by the teaching culture at TSRHC. Dr. Philip Wilson, Dr. Henry Ellis and the nurse practitioners took the time to explain clinical examination techniques, how to interpret radiological images and the considerations when making treatment decisions. I was able to diagnose children with a wide range of sporting injuries, some of which were novel to me. In New Zealand there is a lack of throwing athletes and gymnasts due to our focus on different types of sports. As a result elbow injuries related to these sports such as osteochondritis dissecans and Medial epicondyle apophysitis rarely occur in New Zealand athletes. I admired Scottish Rite Hospital’s commitment to provide treatment for all families, regardless of financial situation, with the provision of the Crayon Care Program.

FB_IMG_1477058431624We are so pleased that Chris enjoyed his experience at Scottish Rite Hospital. He shared his perspective with our team reminding us that access to specialty care is so valuable for young athletes. He hopes to share his lessons learned with his peers and mentors as he returns to New Zealand to continue training in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

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

November: Cameron’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Cameron, age 4, of Corpus Christi.

My Defining Moment:

Cameron’s mom, Meredith: We came to TSRHC for developmental hip dysplasia. Cameron’s left hip was completely out of its socket.

My Moment to Remember:

Everybody there is so supportive and makes Cameron’s care the priority. She also loved the chocolate ice cream after surgery. J

My Moment to Shine:

Soccer is Cameron’s new favorite thing. I don’t think she would’ve been able to do that without treatment from TSRHC.

Give a Patient like Cameron a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $50 pays for a Pavlik harness, a fabric brace used to treat children with developmental dysplasia of the hip. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

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

October: Clayton’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Clayton, age 18, of Ravenna.

My Defining Moment:

I flipped a UTV (4-wheeler) and it landed on my leg. The hospital used the Ilizarov device to regrow the damaged bone.

My Moment to Remember:

When I learned they had dealt with this kind of accident before, it gave me confidence that I would get better.

My Moment to Shine:

TSRHC saved my leg. I was able to play baseball again and go back to welding corrals and working on our ranch.

Give a Patient like Clayton a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $350 helps cover the cost of care for a patient undergoing limb reconstruction. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, please visit scottishritehospital.org.