Driscoll's Cottage Shop voted no. 1 among consignment stores
December 14, 2012
The Cottage Shop staff includes (left to right) Dot Van Burkleo, Rosemary Fischer, Mary Jo Slaughter, Lin Orser, Yen Doan, Susan Quiroz (manager), Kathy Jenkin, Kelly Reynolds, Mathilde Schneider, Daniel Gunn and Sue Swanson.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times recently voted the Cottage Shop at Driscoll Children's Hospital the no. 1 consignment store in the newspaper's 2012 Best of the Best competition. While many businesses pursue Best of the Best recognition every year, receiving the top title was a pleasant surprise for the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital, who operates the Cottage Shop.
"The staff was super excited, proud and surprised," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll. "They had no idea this was going to happen. The Cottage Shop has come a long way from its beginnings as a small room in the basement of the hospital to a brand new building with more than 1,300 square feet."
The Cottage Shop 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 store's success is due simply to a hardworking group of volunteers and staff, Saenz said.
"They give to the Cottage Shop with all their heart. The shop looks amazing and is always neat and organized, thanks to the leadership of the manager, Susan Quiroz."
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.
Mendoza joins Driscoll as Emergency Department manager
December 13, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Victor Mendoza, RN, BSN, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as manager of the Emergency Department. Mendoza has more than 19 years of emergency room experience in adult, pediatric and military hospital settings. He was previously an emergency room coordinator and trauma and stroke coordinator at a hospital in El Paso.
Rehabilitation patients to take stage for annual Holiday Spectacular
December 13, 2012
WHAT: Patients from the Rehabilitation Services Department at Driscoll Children's Hospital will take part in the pageantry of the ninth annual Holiday Spectacular. The show will include performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and excerpts from "The Nutcracker." It will be directed by Driscoll employees Christine Carter and Heidi Lathrop, and performances by the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet will take place between the children's performances. WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Driscoll's North Pole Network will connect patients with Santa Claus
December 12, 2012
WHAT: Driscoll Children's Hospital's seventh annual North Pole Network will be buzzing tomorrow as local ham radio operators and Driscoll employees connect patients with Santa Claus from their hospital rooms. The patients will be provided a radio so that they can discuss their Christmas wishes with Santa, who will be communicating with them from the "North Pole." WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Driscoll to light its annual holiday tree as Santa Claus arrives
December 04, 2012
WHAT: Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck Wednesday as Driscoll Children's Hospital lights its annual holiday tree in front of the hospital. Patients, Driscoll employees and their families will be in attendance for the 19th annual event, which will be preceded by music provided by the W.B. Ray High School Holiday Band. WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Phillips is Driscoll's newest cardiologist
December 04, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Brandon Lane Phillips, MD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a cardiologist. Dr. Phillips was previously with a private practice group in San Antonio. He earned his medical degree in 2004 at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency in pediatrics in 2007 at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. In 2010, Dr. Phillips completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Phillips' clinical interests include non-invasive imaging, outpatient cardiology and adult congenital cardiology. In addition, Dr. Phillips serves on the national board of directors for the Starlight Children's Foundation, an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Pulley joins Driscoll as director of Risk Management & Patient Safety Officer
November 26, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Cynthia Pulley, RN, CPHRM, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as director of Risk Management and Patient Safety Officer. Pulley brings more than 20 years of quality and risk management experience, most recently as vice president of Quality and Risk Management at a national healthcare organization. She led quality and safety initiatives for a two-campus facility with responsibility for regulatory, compliance, quality, infection control and risk management.
Balbosa joins Driscoll as pediatric otolaryngologist
November 19, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Aiysha Balbosa, DO has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Balbosa completed a fellowship in June in pediatric otolaryngology at Texas Children's Hospital-Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She performed her residency in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich., and she completed an internship in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital in Warren, Mich.
Dr. Balbosa earned her medical degree in 2006 at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and a bachelor's degree in biology in 2001 at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Donantes de órganos y sus familias honrados en ceremonia de Driscoll
November 19, 2012
Dr. Karl Serrao, Intensivista de cuidados críticos, habla a las familias de donantes de órganos en una ceremonia en honor a ellos y sus seres queridos el 10 de Noviembre en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll.
CORPUS CHRISTI - las familias de los niños cuyos órganos fueron donados para que otros puedan vivir fueron honradas en una conmovedora ceremonia el 10 de Noviembre en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll. Más de 100 personas, incluyendo familias, líderes de Driscoll, médicos y otros profesionales de la salud, se reunieron en el auditorio para conmemorar las vidas de los donantes.
"Es fundamental reconocer estos niños que se convirtieron en donantes de órganos y sus familias que permitieron este regalo," dijo Karl Serrao, MD, Intensivista de Cuidados Críticos en Driscoll. "Los donantes han dejado un legado duradero e indeleble y nosotros en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll queremos celebrar con las familias. Estos donantes de órganos son héroes, ya que están salvando vidas."
A partir del 14 de Noviembre, 10 donantes en el Hospital de niños de Driscoll han salvado las vidas de más de 40 personas, dijo el Dr. Serrao.
Se trata de la segunda ceremonia en honor a donantes de órganos de Driscoll y sus familias. En 2010, se celebró una ceremonia para inaugurar la pared de donantes de órgano del hospital, en la que los nombres de los donantes son inscritos en semillas flotantes. El Dr. Serrao dijo que espera tener una ceremonia de donantes de órganos anualmente y concientizar a la comunidad sobre la importancia de la donación de órganos.
"Queremos motivar a todos a que se sientan inspirados por estos niños y sus familias y se conviertan en donantes inscritos".
El Dr. Serrao agregó, aquellos que deseen convertirse en donantes de órganos pueden registrarse en www.donatelifetexas.org.
Organ donors, their families honored at Driscoll ceremony
November 19, 2012
Dr. Karl Serrao, critical care intensivist, speaks to families of organ donors at a ceremony honoring them and their loved ones Nov. 10 at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
CORPUS CHRISTI - The families of children whose organs were donated so that others may live were honored at a poignant ceremony Nov. 10 at Driscoll Children's Hospital. More than 100 people, including families, Driscoll leaders, physicians and other healthcare professionals, gathered in the auditorium to commemorate the lives of the donors.
"It is essential to recognize these children who became organ donors and their families who allowed this gift to happen," said Karl Serrao, MD, critical care intensivist at Driscoll. "The donors have left a lasting and indelible legacy and we at Driscoll Children's Hospital want to celebrate with the families. These organ donors are heroes, as they are saving lives."
As of Nov. 14, 10 donors at Driscoll Children's Hospital have saved the lives of more than 40 other people, Dr. Serrao said.
This was Driscoll's second ceremony honoring organ donors and their families. In 2010, a ceremony was held to unveil the hospital's Organ Donor Wall, on which the names of the donors are inscribed on floating dandelion seeds. Dr. Serrao said he hopes to have an organ donor ceremony annually and raise awareness in the community about the importance of organ donation.
"We want to encourage everyone to be inspired by these children and their families to become a registered donor."
Those who wish to become organ donors can register at www.donatelifetexas.org, Dr. Serrao added.