Celebrando el pasado, mirando hacia el futuro: Driscoll cumple 60 años Ceremonia incluye dedicación de marcador histórico homenaje a fundador del hospital
April 04, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - invitados notables y líderes comunitarios se reunieron hoy para conmemorar el 60°ree; Aniversario del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll y presenciar la dedicación de un marcador histórico en homenaje a la fundadora del hospital, Clara Driscoll. La ceremonia, celebrada en el Auditorio de Driscoll, ofreció tanto una reflexión del pasado como una visión del futuro.
On April 2, an historical marker was unveiled honoring Driscoll Children's Hospital's founder, Clara Driscoll. Pictured, left to right, are Steve Woerner, Driscoll president & CEO; Anita Eisenhauer, chairwoman of the Nueces County Historical Commission and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - Clara Driscoll Chapter; Karen Thompson, president general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez; and Loyd Neal, chairman of Driscoll's governing board.
Los oradores incluyeron a Steve Woerner, Presidente y CEO de Driscoll, Loyd Neal, Presidente de la Junta Directiva de Driscoll, alcalde de Corpus Christi Nelda Martínez y representantes del Programa de Marcadores Históricos de Texas y las Hijas de la República de Texas (DRT). La ceremonia comenzó con mensajes de bienvenida de parte de Neal y Woerner, seguidos por una ceremonia a la bandera realizada por el equipo campeón estatal de entrenamiento del colegio secundario de Flour Bluff del Cuerpo de entrenamiento de Oficiales Navales de Reserva Junior.
Donna Quinn, Vicepresidente de Operaciones y Calidad de Driscoll, compartió noticias acerca de la renovación y expansión del Departamento de Emergencia de Driscoll (ED). En 1987, Driscoll se convirtió en el primer hospital en el Sur de Texas en ofrecer servicios de emergencia específicamente para pediatría, y el ED actualmente atiende anualmente a unos 35.000 niños. El proyecto de renovación y expansión de $12 millones mejorará significativamente el cuidado general del paciente y resultará en un ED de tecnología de punta.
Cuando se complete a finales del 2014, incluirá:
- Dos salas de trauma
- Veinte salas de examen privadas
- Dos áreas de Triage con visibilidad ideal hacia la sala de espera
- Una estación de enfermería central ampliada
- Un área de espera ampliada
- Una nueva entrada para ambulancias y toldo para protección del clima.
- Una extensión hacia el exterior del edificio, permitiendo un lobby más amplio.
Alcalde Martinez habló a la audiencia de la importancia de Driscoll para la comunidad. El Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll es el séptimo mayor empleador en Corpus Christi, y el Sistema de Salud Driscoll emplea aproximadamente a 1.800 personas en el Sur de Texas. También rindió homenaje a los "Payasos que Cuidan", un grupo de más de 30 mujeres que voluntariamente dan su tiempo para entretener a los pacientes, padres y personal del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll. Alcalde Martínez ha sido un miembro del grupo, utilizando el apodo, "Madame Flutterby."
Anita Eisenhauer, miembro de la Comisión histórica del Condado de Nueces y el grupo de DRT de Clara Driscoll, y Karen Thompson, Presidente general de DRT, proporcionaron información acerca del programa de Marcadores Históricos de Texas y el Legado de Clara Driscoll. El marcador histórico dedicado hoy honra a Driscoll como una persona importante y educativa en la historia local.
Un verdadero producto del Sur de Texas, Driscoll nació en 1881 en Santa María de Aransas, Texas en la Bahía Copano. Vivió en el Rancho de su familia, llamado Palo Alto, presentaba la misma destreza con revólver, rifle y lazo. A los 16 años de edad, podía hablar cuatro idiomas: Inglés, español, francés y alemán. En 1904, fue proclamada "La Salvadora del Álamo" después de adquirir la estructura por $75.000 y salvarlo de la destrucción por intereses comerciales.
La filantropía de Driscoll la llevó en búsquedas políticas. Una donadora generosa para el partido demócrata, fue elegida Mujer del Comité Democrático Nacional en 1928, cargo que ocupó hasta 1944. Tras la muerte de su hermano en 1929, Driscoll fue llamado para asumir el control del Imperio Driscoll, que consistió en ganado, petróleo y grandes extensiones de tierra. Antes de su muerte el 17 de Julio de 1945, decidió honrar la memoria de su familia dejando la mayor parte de su enorme herencia para el tratamiento médico de los niños del Sur de Texas. El Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll se convertiría en el primer hospital pediátrico independiente en el Sur de Texas. Fue inaugurado el 22 de Febrero de 1953 y tenía 25 camas. Ahora es un centro de 189 camas que atiende a pacientes de 31 condados y 33.000 millas cuadradas del Sur de Texas.
La ceremonia de hoy culminó con Woerner y Neal inaugurando el marcador histórico que será mostrado permanentemente afuera de Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll frente a la calle Alameda. Este año, el hospital ha celebrado fiestas del 60°ree; aniversario para pacientes y empleados y su página web tiene historias especiales de pacientes, un video de aniversario y una presentación de tiempo histórico (www.driscollchildrens.org ).
Driscoll physician presents case report at meeting in San Francisco
December 03, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - A case report by Driscoll Children's Hospital physicians was presented Oct. 14 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in San Francisco. "Intraoperative Management of a Giant Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (GS/T) in a preterm infant with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHTN) and Consumptive Coagulopathy" was presented as a poster by anesthesiologist Meera Gangadharan, MBBS. Physicians who collaborated with Dr. Gangadharan were anesthesiologists Angelina Bhandari, MD, and A. Jay Koska, MD, and pediatric surgeon Stephen Almond, MD.
"This was a very challenging case with a mortality rate exceeding 50 percent," Dr. Gangadharan said. "It involved excellent teamwork by Driscoll's neonatology, cardiology, anesthesiology and surgery services and resulted in an excellent outcome for the patient."
The ASA is a 50,000-member educational research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
Adebo joins Driscoll as pediatric cardiologist
December 02, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Dilachew Adebo, MD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Adebo received his medical degree in 1999 from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. He completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He received cardiovascular magnetic resonance training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and obtained level III certification by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Adebo received additional training in pediatric cardiology in Holon, Israel and in London. He performed his residency in pediatrics at Driscoll Children's Hospital and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Adebo is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and he is a member of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
Woerner selected to serve on state Perinatal Advisory Council
December 02, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Steven F. Woerner, president and chief executive officer of Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been selected by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to serve on the Perinatal Advisory Council for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a member who represents a children's hospital. The council will develop and recommend criteria for designating levels of neonatal and maternal care, including a process for assignment of levels of care to a hospital for neonatal and maternal care. Woerner's term will expire on Sept. 1, 2019.
Kohl's Department Stores donates more than $42,000 to Driscoll's Keep Your Kids Safe Program
November 18, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - A bicycle rodeo and bicycle helmet giveaway was held at Driscoll Children's Hospital on Nov. 16, 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm. During this event, a check from the Kohl's Cares grant programs was presented to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program.
At the check presentation Nov. 16 were (left to right) Cpl. Charlie Ramirez, Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Queta Almanza, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; Felicia Powell, Driscoll inpatient clinical coordinator; Norma Medina, Driscoll trauma registrar; Tiffany Collie, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; and Jason Woodman, Kohl's store manager.
The Kohl's Cares donation is used to fund the Keep Your Kids Safe Program, which provides child passenger safety seats, bicycle helmets and safety education to the Coastal Bend community. Since 2004, Kohl's has donated more than $385,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program.
"Kohl's has provided invaluable assistance in helping Driscoll Children's Hospital get the word out on child injury prevention," said Martha Avery, Driscoll vice president for Development. "So many children's accidents are preventable with the proper education and training. Thanks to support from Kohl's, thousands of car seats have been inspected and thousands of bicycle helmets given away to help keep children safe."
Kohl's' commitment to Driscoll Children's Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $231 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl's has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl's also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
Kohl's Department Stores to donate more than $42,000 to Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program
November 15, 2013
WHAT: Kohl's will present to Driscoll Children's Hospital a check for $42,015 during a bicycle rodeo held to promote bicycle safety and helmet safety. The gift supports Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program, which provides child passenger safety seats to low income families, along with bicycle helmets to children in the community. In the past nine years, Kohl's has donated more than $385,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program through Kohl's Cares®.
WHEN: Bicycle rodeo: 10 a.m.; Check presentation: 11:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Program building parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Driscoll resident receives grant to attend medical conference
November 12, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Anitha Ezekiel, MD, resident physician at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was chosen by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to receive an $800 travel support grant and complimentary registration to attend the program for medical students and residents at ASN Kidney Week 2013, held Nov. 5-10 in Atlanta. More than 13,000 kidney professionals attended the event, described by ASN as the world's premier nephrology meeting. Kidney Week provides participants with opportunities to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances and engage in discussions with leading experts in the field.
Driscoll's state-of-the-art MRI suite combines entertainment and technology to help ease patients' anxiety
November 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Under construction since the spring, the newly renovated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite at Driscoll Children's Hospital is now fully operational. The state-of-the-art suite could have come from the Starship Enterprise, with its streamlined architecture, new, larger magnet and features that allow patients to choose sights, sounds and even movies while they undergo an MRI.
Driscoll's newly renovated MRI suite includes a new, larger magnet, an ambient lighting system that can be coordinated with projected images that patients can choose (right), and a TV screen on which they can watch movies.
"Allowing children to control the environment when they may be nervous about a procedure helps them become calmer," said Ernest Chavez, Driscoll director of Radiology Services.
An MRI is a noninvasive, diagnostic procedure that uses a magnet to obtain detailed images of the internal structure of the body. It typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour.
Among the customizable features in the MRI suite is a projection system that displays moving, child-friendly images on a wall. Patients can choose from a variety of themes, including sky, underwater, jungle, South America and Europe. And each theme is paired with a color that illuminates the room via an ambient lighting system. If a child doesn't want a projection theme, they can choose the color of the lighting, or to have alternating colors. The lighting and projection can be programmed on a wall-mounted keypad when the patient arrives in the MRI suite or beforehand on a tablet.
A 32-inch, flat-screen TV in the room also allows patients to watch their favorite movie. They can bring their own DVD or pick one that is available in the suite, such as "Cars," "Ice Age," "Tangled" and "Iron Man." Children hear the movie through headphones. If they opt not to watch a movie, they can listen to music on their own CD or one that is on hand, like Taylor Swift or One Direction.
The renovation also includes a new magnet with a 70-centimeter bore, which is 15 centimeters larger than the previous magnet's. The larger bore size is beneficial in different ways. Patients can more easily see their parents while the MRI is being performed, Driscoll's technical and medical staff have easier access to the patient, it lessens the potential for claustrophobic feelings, and it can accommodate larger patients.
"With this equipment, an MRI can be a pleasant experience rather than one that may be scary to a child," said Driscoll radiologist Allister Arnold, MD. "At the same time, procedures can be done more efficiently."
This year, Driscoll's Radiology Services installed ambient lighting in its X-ray rooms, and it will also be incorporated in the computed tomography and nuclear medicine rooms. The ultrasound rooms will also be outfitted during future remodeling. Funding for the ambient lighting, including that in the MRI suite, came from Driscoll's annual Fiesta de los Niños fundraiser.
Driscoll's ER renovation project to benefit from Halliburton donation
November 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Representatives from Halliburton will present a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital tomorrow, to go toward the redesign and expansion of Driscoll's Emergency Room. The donation was made possible by funds raised at the 20th annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, held last month in Houston.
Approximately 35,000 children visit Driscoll's ER annually. The renovation and expansion of the ER began in July and is scheduled to last 16 to 18 months. The $12 million project will increase the size of the ER and lobby by approximately 5,000 square feet. It will result in a state-of-the-art ER and significantly enhance overall patient care at Driscoll
"Halliburton has been a dedicated supporter of children's health," said Martha Avery, Driscoll vice president of Development. "We are very fortunate to have such a great partner here in our region. We are extremely grateful to Halliburton for their generous support."
Each year, Halliburton partners with vendors, suppliers and employees to host its Charity Golf Tournament in Houston. Since its inception, the tournament has given nearly $8.5 million to charities across the United States. Two previous donations from the event have gone toward Driscoll's ER project.
"Making a real difference for organizations like Driscoll Children's Hospital is what the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament is all about," said Joe Foster, Halliburton vice president of Business Development for the Southeast area. "It's remarkable to have proceeds from the tournament support worthwhile causes, such as Driscoll's ER renovation project, to continue providing hope and healing for children across South Texas."
What: Halliburton check presentation
When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Driscoll's Cottage Shop again voted no. 1 consignment store
November 08, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second year running, readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times have voted the Cottage Shop at Driscoll Children's Hospital the no. 1 consignment store in the newspaper's 2013 Best of the Best competition.
The Cottage Shop staff includes (left to right) Jim Tansey, Lydia Blunzter, Karen Easton, Kathy Jenkin, Dot Van Burkleo, Linda Kaatz, Susan Quiroz (manager), Maria Luisa Doyle, Pam Pudelka, Rosemary Fischer, Imelda Garcia and Margaret Meinecke.
The Cottage Shop, operated by the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital, offers gently used and new merchandise at bargain prices, including men's, women's and children's clothing, toys, household items and collectibles. The store's first priority is to provide clothes and necessities to patients and their families who are in need, and 100 percent of the proceeds from sales go back to the hospital.
The Cottage Shop accepts donations of new and gently used items. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (361) 694-5800.
Sutton receives pediatric pathology certification
November 06, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Lisa M. Sutton, MD, pediatric pathologist at Driscoll Children's Hospital, recently passed an exam administered by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) and is certified in pediatric pathology. Dr. Sutton was also previously certified by the ABP in anatomic and clinical pathology.