PINT-SIZED PATIENTS radioactive isotopes that kills cancer cells inside the body and requires the use of a special lead- lined room. Cook helped pioneer transplants of bone marrow and stem cells for kids with cancer and blood disorders in 1986, and the system’s Hyperinsulinism Center is one of only a few in the nation that can treat this rare and often severe genetic disorder that can cause seizures and even permanent brain damage if not treated early. The positive impact of 100 years of caring on Fort Worth is extensive. As residents, visitors, friends and supporters turn a night sky blue with appreciation, they honor a unique North Texas legacy that has helped improve the lives of millions across the world. “In some cities you are defined by how much you make, but in Fort Worth, you are defined by how much you give,” Merrill said. “People leave here wanting to partner with and support us.” Children’s Health Opens Sports Medicine Institute With an aim of keeping athletes on the playing field and out of the operating room, Children’s Health opened the first youth-oriented orthopedic institute in Texas, the Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, late last year on the health system’s specialty campus in Plano. Bringing together a group of experts from a variety of disciplines under the direction of world- renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the Children’s Health Andrews Institute places a strong emphasis on research, education and injury prevention to meet the needs of young athletes, parents and coaches alike. From orthopedic surgeons and concussion experts to sports dietitians and athletic trainers, this dedicated team is specifically trained in pediatrics to help young athletes achieve optimal health and sports performance. The four-story, 185,000-square-foot building includes four operating rooms, an imaging center, physical therapy space, and orthopedic and other pediatric clinics. The institute features indoor and outdoor athletic performance facilities, including a half-size football field, running track and pool. stitute for th Andrews In Children’s Heal icine ed M & Sports Orthopaedics “What we try to do here is train them, so we can prevent injuries as they grow and their bodies change,” said Dr. John Polousky, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the institute. “We keep them with healthy movement patterns that can develop over time that leads to better performance.” With the opening of this new specialty center, Children’s Health has become the first to partner with performance pioneer EXOS to provide sports performance training to young athletes seven to 22 years old. The human performance company is known for its work with professional athletes, corporations and the military in incorporating movement, recovery, nutrition and mindset into a complete health program. Children’s also brings to the North Texas region the EOS System, a full-body image scanner that produces X-rays in seconds and cuts down the amount of radiation exposure for children. “It uses much less radiation and produces beautiful images that you can measure deformities off of,” Dr. Polousky explained. A rehabilitation gym with a Hydroworx pool and underwater treadmill comprise another first for a Texas pediatric hospital. Camera and computer systems provide visual feedback to athletes and care teams. Children’s Health experts see this institute as a way to keep kids in the game while moving them forward in a healthy way. For North Texas families, this high level of pediatric care and expertise means that it’s game on. 26 WWW.NTC-DFW.ORG SUMMER 2018 WE ARE PIONEERS. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to the market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility and vertical lift.