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Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 4215 Dallas, Texas

H e a r t s & H a n ds

2222 Welborn Street Dallas, TX 75219 (214)559-7825

A Newsletter for and about our Volunteers

If you have a change of address please inform the Volunteer Services Staff

Spring 2012 Edition

Volume 16


Issue 5

TSRHC Announces Decision to Position Hospital for the Future

Mark your Calendar!





Volunteer Events

Volunteer Service Report: FEBRUARY – MARCH New Volunteers


Volunteer Hours


Number of Tours


Guests on Tours


May 3–6

Big D Charity Horse Show

May 10

Katy Trail 5K

May 19

Farm and Ranch Day

June 11

Bernice and Brudus Meyerson Junior Volunteer Program Begins


June 11

KidSwing Dallas Golf Tournament

Join the fun this summer at one or all of these

June 13–15

Summer Bazaar

July 9

KidSwing McKinney Golf Tournament

July 9–13

Junior Volunteer Book Sale

contests, deliver refreshments and more. See

August 6

KidSwing Trophy Club Golf Tournament

dates at left. Sign up online at

Please visit for a current listing of upcoming events benefitting TSRHC.

golf tournaments created, played, supported and planned by kids! Volunteers monitor hole

(log on ID – tsrhc, password – volunteer) or call Volunteer Services at 214-559-7825.

Billing for Patient Care Thanks to a tremendous amount of support, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) has provided health care to children in Texas for more than 90 years without ever asking for any form of payment. But after lengthy and deliberate consideration, the TSRHC Board of Trustees has approved the decision to begin billing for patient care no earlier than May 1, 2012. All patient families will receive a bill for services, and the hospital will accept payments from insurance companies and government programs; but the hospital will remain true to the mission it has upheld since 1921. “Our mission will not change – we will continue to provide the highest quality care available for children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” said Robert L.

Bob Walker, new TSRHC President and CEO

Walker, TSRHC President and CEO. “The hospital has adopted a financial assistance program and those families that meet eligibility criteria will qualify for free or discounted care.”

New Leadership The board also announced its decision to elevate several of the hospital’s most experienced executives. J. A. “Tony” Herring, M.D., has served as Chief of Staff for the past 34 years, and will assume the new title of Chief of Staff Emeritus while continuing his pediatric orthopaedic services to patients. Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/ Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research, is named Chief of Staff and will lead the hospital’s medical team. Joining Sucato and Herring on the TSRHC medical leadership team is B. Stephens Richards, M.D., Assistant Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Inpatient Services. Richards’ new position at the hospital will be Chief Medical Officer. continued on Page 3

In This Issue: • • • •

Volunteer Profile — Mail Delivery volunteers make the rounds TSRHC and community volunteers clean and beautify Reverchon Park Two volunteers recognized by their community peers for high honors Dallas White Rock Marathon delivers $1 million check to TSRHC

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Hearts and Hands Published by the Volunteers of

Volunteer Executive Committee President Loren Koziol President-Elect Karen Kantner Secretary Ken Hill Treasurer Audra Rowell Past President Shana Santoni Bazaar Chair Karen Apple Recruitment, Orientations and Tours Chair David Axley Volunteer Activities Chair Nancy Morris Special Events Chair Stephen Apple Junior League Liaison Angela Reding Volunteer Newsletter Staff Editors: Catherine Bauer Carol Clarke Megan Inman Writers:

President’s Letter

I cannot believe that this is my last edition of the President’s Letter. It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when I sat down to write my first installment. So much has happened in the last year, it feels like the time just flew by.

In the past year there have been a number of developments at the hospital and I have been very impressed with how our volunteers have embraced these changes. You have all done a great job and I thank you. I would also like to thank the hospital staff for the phenomenal job they have done in educating the volunteers about the direction of the hospital. Change can often be uncomfortable for some, but it is clear that the leaders of the hospital have gone to great lengths to ensure that all of our volunteers are well informed. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your president. The support and acceptance I have received from each of you on a daily basis has been remarkable. You are a very special group of people and your munificence is such an inspiration. You have helped to create an unbelievable legacy and atmosphere at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and every single day your passion, generosity and love brighten the hallways of this great place. In closing I would like to thank the Executive Committee and the Volunteer Services Staff for all of their assistance over the last year. I could not have asked for a more helpful, inventive and resourceful group to work with. I have been truly blessed.

Lindley Arthur Katherine Hendler 2

New Newsletter Shell

Volunteer Happenings

Have you noticed the new look of Hearts and Hands, the volunteer newsletter of TSRHC? This newsletter has received a facelift that was several months in the making. The newsletter committee, which includes volunteers Lindley Arthur, Catherine Haynes Bauer, Carol Clarke, Katherine Hendler and Megan Inman along with staff members Louanne Weeks and Ruth Ann Hensley, started working on a new look for the newsletter last summer. Staff members Stuart Almond and Jennifer Brooks also provided graphic design for the updated newsletter. We hope you enjoy the new design!

Big D Charity Horse Show

The Big D Charity Horse Show will be held Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, May 6. This is the seventh year the horse show has benefited TSRHC. The event will be held at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center in Irving. Hospital volunteers will play several roles at the horse show, from distributing ribbons to horses and riding partners to opening and closing gates for different events. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elizabeth Farren in the Volunteer Services office at (214) 559-7825 as soon as possible.


This year’s KidSwing tournaments will be held on Monday, June 11, at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, on Monday, July 9, at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney and on Monday, August 6, at Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club. This is the 10th anniversary of KidSwing, a tournament created by former patient Ben Sater that provides a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players age 7 to 18, which has raised more than $1 million for the hospital. We encourage kids to sign up for the tournaments, but we also need volunteers to do everything from monitoring hole contests to face painting. In addition, we need volunteers to provide snacks and water to other volunteers on the course. Please contact Louanne Weeks in the Volunteer Services office at (214) 559-7825 if you would like to help out at one of the tournaments.

Volunteer face painter Mary Ann Russell decorates the face of player Adriana Guerra during the 2011 KidSwing Dallas Tournament.

Dallas White Rock Marathon Check Presentation

Left to right, Mark Bateman, Marcus Grunewald, patient champion Garrett Woodbury, Phil Baker, Jerry Gilmore, patient champion Natalie Hudson and TSRHC President and CEO Bob Walker pose with the $1 million check presented to the hospital by the 2011 Dallas White Rock Marathon.


Thursday, March 1, Dallas White Rock Marathon (DWRM) board members presented a check for $1 million to TSRHC at a reception held at the hospital. The donation reflected funds raised by the 2011 MetroPCS DWRM, half marathon and relays. This year’s donation almost doubled the donation from last year. The hospital has received nearly $2.8 million from the event since 1997. This year’s Junior Race Director, 13-year-old Mabeth Diaz of Dallas, attended the reception along with other TSRHC Patient Champions and their families, all of whom raised funds in support of the hospital.

Volunteer View

Reverchon Roundup

Clean Sweep Sale

March 17, 2012

Celebrating the completion of a hard morning’s work cleaning up next door neighbor Reverchon Park are left to right, volunteers Monica Gonzales, Rigo Zumaya, Alma Flores, staff David Kim, volunteers Karla Ayala and Jose Avalos.

April 13, 2012

Peggy Sofranec and Bazaar Chair Karen Apple admire some pretty paper goods on the sale tables.

Anita Murphey, Annette Oakes and Carolyn Wright unpack some of the collector dolls offered in the Clean Sweep Sale.

Staff Mike Stimpson serves lunch to volunteers Ken Hill, Cassandra Russell and Candace Forrester, well deserved after clearing, trimming and planting tasks.

Fran Hammer, Ruth Ward and Cindy Williams prepare beautiful crocheted items for sale. Volunteer Crystal Hurtado drags trimmed branches which will be hauled away by the City. TSRHC partners with the city and Arborilogical Services, Inc. to keep the park beautiful, safe and clean.

Chance to Dance

February–March 2012

Left to right, Master Naturalist Susan Thornbury plants pansies with TSRHC volunteers Billy Morris and Nancy Morris.

Left to right, volunteer Buddy Nash, Luann Jones, Gail Henkin, instructor Lynn Moon (center) and patients show off their dance skills for parents and family. The showcase performance was held at the end of eight weeks of dance classes.



Volunteers Receive High Honors Congratulations are in order for two volunteers who have been recognized by their peers in the community. James “Jim” F. Brumit is serving as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Texas and Mike Sorrells has been elected into the Highland Park High School Distinguished Alumni. When Jim Brumit isn’t visiting Masonic lodges throughout Texas, he can be found in the TSRHC Development department. After a person makes a donation to TSRHC, chances are they will get a thank-you call from Brumit who has volunteered at the hospital for four years. According to Stephanie Brigger, vice president of Development, the calls are greatly appreciated. Marilyn Stringfellow, Development office manager, says, “I’ve heard Jim tell donors that the children can’t thank them for their gift, so he’s doing it on their behalf.” Before joining TSRHC in 2008, the Dallas native spent 29 years working for the Dallas Police Department as a patrolman, detective and sergeant. Volunteer Mike Sorrells has also achieved an impressive honor. Mike spent 33 years as a swimming coach for Highland Park High School (HPHS) in Dallas, where he won three state championships and sent five swimmers to the Olympics. This year, in addition to being honored as a distinguished alumni, he was inducted into the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame.

Volunteer Profile

Mail Delivery Volunteers

Daytime volunteers provide an essential service to TSRHC by assisting with the sorting, pick-up and delivery of mail throughout the hospital. Mail delivery provides a unique volunteering opportunity that allows volunteers to meet staff in every department and see parts of the hospital that most volunteers do not visit. Louanne Weeks, Volunteer Services, says that the mail delivery volunteers probably get to know the hospital better than any other volunteers; and they gain this knowledge while playing a crucial role for the hospital and greatly assisting hospital staff. “I appreciate all the mail delivery volunteers!” Melissa Watkins, Mail Center, said. “They are like family to me. They’re awesome and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.” She looks forward to creating personal relationships with the mail delivery volunteers. She said that each volunteer works very hard and is extremely helpful to the hospital. The hospital’s mail delivery volunteers are pictured below.

Left to right, staff Lisa Gardner looks forward to mail delivered by volunteers Bob Cecil and Ross Ryan.

Jim Brumit, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Texas and four-year TSRHC volunteer.

Sorrells has spent the past nine years volunteering in TSRHC’s clinics. He often works alongside Dr. Karl Rathjen, an orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital who he also coached at HPHS. “We are fortunate that he has chosen to continue that passion as a volunteer in our clinics. It is particularly meaningful to have a mentor and friend (like Sorrells) interacting with our team and patients, and showing them that relationships from school can last throughout life,” Rathjen said.

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The board also announced plans to form a foundation to focus on sustaining and growing the hospital’s development efforts and named J. C. Montgomery, Jr. as the founding Chairman and CEO of the TSRHC Foundation. He will assume the role of President Emeritus in the interim. Succeeding Montgomery as TSRHC President and CEO is longtime Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Robert L. Walker. Karl E. Rathjen, M.D., will become president of the TSRHC Foundation. Karl will continue his pediatric service to patients on the medical staff while working with the foundation. “With Tony and J.C. continuing to provide leadership and mentoring in their new roles, along with the demonstrated expertise of our expanded leadership team, the hospital is well positioned for the opportunities ahead,” said Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., Chairman of the TSRHC Board of Trustees. “I have the utmost confidence that this group of leaders will continue the TSRHC tradition of excellence as we begin the next 90 years.”

Mail delivery volunteers Don Brown Ken Morford

TSRHC orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Karl Rathjen, on left, poses with his former swim coach and hospital volunteer Mike Sorrells.


Staff Melissa Watkins helps volunteer Bill Sheahan sort mail.

Left to right, volunteer Charles Davidoff greets mail delivery volunteers Sandy Heckman and Joanne Landers in the Clinical Lab.


Scottish rite spring 2012