Kids rule the world behind the big red crayon at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Have you ever driven past the sign at Maple Avenue and Welborn Street with the big crayons and wondered what happens behind those walls? You may know that Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world-class pediatric orthopedic facility, but until you walk past those red crayons, you may not realize just how much children are the focus of this innovative institution.
As you enter the lobby, you’re met by the warm smiles of volunteers and the aroma of fresh popcorn. From the brightly colored elevators and cheerful artwork to the red wagons and whimsical mobile overlooking the atrium, you know immediately that Texas Scottish Rite is unlike any other hospital.
Every detail is created with a child’s point of view in mind. Even the registration desk is set at a child’s height so every patient feels included and involved. Hospitals can be a scary place for kids (and parents), and Texas Scottish Rite does everything it can to keep their young patients engaged and smiling.
Thousands of children come through the hospital every year with a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Physicians and surgeons focus on treating and managing children’s conditions within TSRHC’s six Centers for Excellence:
- Scoliosis & Spine
- Clubfoot & Foot Disorders
- Hand Differences
- Hip Disorders
- Limb Length Discrepancies
- Sports Medicine
In addition to these six Centers for Excellence, Texas Scottish Rite also treats certain neurological and learning disorders. The first consensus definition for “dyslexia” was actually coined at TSRHC, and the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is internationally recognized as a leader in identifying and treating learning disorders.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children believes in treating the whole child. While being given medical treatment, patients also participate in individualized physical therapy, wellness programs and specialized camps to spend time with other kids who are going through the same things. Parents are able to meet and connect with other parents and ask questions or just have a cup of coffee with someone who understands.
That sense of community is at the core of TSRHC, and you feel it when you walk down the halls. The hospital becomes a home-away-from-home for many of its patients and families, and the staff understands the importance of making this a safe and inclusive atmosphere for anyone who comes through those big red crayons at the front door.