Carrell Clinic Foundation
Nearly 100 years ago, WB Carrell, MD and a group of Masons saw a need for a charity hospital for crippled children and founded the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) - now known as Scottish Rite for Children (SRC) and a world-renowned institution. As the Carrell Clinic approached its own centennial, its partners saw a new need and committed resources to establish a foundation dedicated to musculoskeletal patients.
The Carrell Clinic Foundation (CCF) is a public charity that is an IRS approved tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. It was founded in 2017 by the surgeon partners of the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, Texas. It is a completely independent foundation that is run by its own board of directors, and in no way directly benefits its founders. The CCF provides funding for research, education, charitable care and patient advocacy in the field of musculoskeletal medicine.
Hundreds of children annually are aged out of the Scottish Rite for Children (SRC) hospital system. Roughly half of these patients have coverage gaps, being underinsured or having no insurance coverage at all. They are often left with needs not met by government assistance or insurance once they turn 18 years of age. As part of its mission, the CCF assists these young people with prosthetics for amputations, orthotics for deformities or paralysis and those having joint replacements due to juvenile arthritis. In assisting with these needs, the CCF helps to empower these young adults to make a difference through education and entering the workforce. This ultimately improves quality of life and helps patients live with dignity and purpose.
The CCF has grown rapidly since 2017 and is currently in the process of building out a network of providers and has established a geographic course to accomplish this mission. Currently, the CCF has a national network of providers that includes the following partners: Hanger, Inc., with 800 prosthetics and orthotics lab locations nationwide; United Surgical Partners International (USPI), with 460 locations; Baylor Scott and White health systems; and OrthoForum, with whom the CCF has established six orthopedic surgery partners totaling over 300 surgeons in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas. By forming partnerships nationally, the vision for the CCF is to help support patients throughout the United States who have aged out of charity hospital systems like SRC and Shriners Hospitals for Children.