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In pursuit of excellence, Driscoll residents far outpace total pass rate for American Board of Pediatrics certification

December 20, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital is proud to announce that all of its graduating residents who took the latest American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certification exam in general pediatrics passed on their first attempt, continuing a trend that surpasses the total annual pass rate. Certification through the exam, administered once a year in October, has one objective - to promote excellence in medical care for children and adolescents.

"ABP certification provides a standard of excellence by which the public can select pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists," according to the ABP. "Although certification is voluntary, nearly all qualified pediatricians seek this recognition."

The ABP certification pass rate for pediatric residents at Driscoll Children's Hospital for the past three years has been 98 percent, ranking them in the top 5 percent of the more than 200 pediatric residency programs in the country, said William Dirksen, MD, Driscoll chief of staff. In contrast, the total pass rate for candidates taking the ABP general pediatrics exam in 2009, 2010 and 2011 was 79.1 percent, 76.1 percent and 75.7 percent, respectively, according to the ABP.

The ABP certification exam is a one-day test given to physicians who have finished three years of pediatric residency training. Physicians must have a valid, unrestricted, permanent medical license to be eligible to sit for the test. Certification is valid for seven years after which physicians must recertify by taking the ABP's Program for Maintenance of Certification in Pediatrics recertification exam.

Here are some additional facts from the ABP:

The ABP has certified 77,328 diplomates in general pediatrics and 14,707 in pediatric subspecialties.

Among the pediatricians who take the ABP test, 66 percent go into general pediatric practice and 24 percent go into pediatric subspecialties.

An average of 3,007 pediatricians take the ABP exam every year. Of these, American medical graduates accounted for 82.5 percent and international medical graduates accounted for 17.5 percent. Gender-wise, 40 percent were males and 60 percent were females.

The total number of pediatric residents currently in training programs in the United States is 9,731.

The average age at the time of ABP certification for pediatricians is 32 years for American medical graduates and about 36 years for international medical graduates.

The success of Driscoll's residency program can be attributed largely to the hospital's governing board, administration, faculty and staff, all of whom are dedicated to fostering excellent pediatricians.

"I have been blessed to have the necessary support to create an environment where aspiring physicians can be trained to become the best pediatricians in the world," Dr. Dirksen said. "Driscoll faculty has been outstanding in their commitment to the teaching and mentoring of our residents."

La tienda de Driscoll "Cottage Shop" recibió el 1° voto entre las tiendas de consignación

December 20, 2012
El personal de la tienda
El personal de la tienda "Cottage Shop" incluye a (de izquierda a derecha) Dot Van Burkleo, Rosemary Fischer, Mary Jo Slaughter, Lin Orser, Yen Doan, Susan Quiroz (manager), Kathy Jenkin, Kelly Reynolds, Mathilde Schneider, Daniel Gunn y Sue Swanson.
CORPUS CHRISTI - lectores del periódico Caller-Times de Corpus Christi recientemente la tienda votaron la tienda "Cottage Shop" del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll la tienda número 1 de consignación en la competencia "Lo Mejor de lo Mejor" del diario del 2012. Mientras que muchas empresas buscan el reconocimiento de ser lo mejor de lo mejor cada año, el recibo de este título de honor fue una agradable sorpresa para el grupo auxiliar del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll, el cual opera la tienda "Cottage Shop".

"El personal estaba súper emocionado, orgulloso y sorprendido, dijo Lizette Saenz, directora de los Servicios Voluntarios en Driscoll. "No tenían idea que esto iba a suceder. La tienda "Cottage Shop" ha recorrido un largo camino desde sus inicios como una pequeña habitación en el sótano del hospital a un edificio nuevo con más de 1.300 pies cuadrados."

La tienda "Cottage Shop" ofrece mercancía usada en muy buen estado y nueva a precios de ganga, incluyendo ropa para hombres, mujeres y niños, juguetes, artículos para el hogar y objetos de colección. La prioridad principal de la tienda es proporcionar ropa y necesidades a los pacientes y sus familias que están en necesidad y 100 por ciento de los ingresos de venta van hacia el hospital.

El éxito de la tienda se debe simplemente al trabajo duro de un grupo de voluntarios y personal, dijo Sáenz.

"Dan a la tienda "Cottage Shop" con todo su corazón. La tienda se ve increíble y siempre se encuentra aseada y organizada, gracias al liderazgo de su Gerente, Susan Quiroz.

La tienda "Cottage Shop" acepta donaciones de artículos nuevos y lévemente usados. Horario de atención es de 9am a 5pm de lunes a viernes. Para obtener más información, llame al (361) 694-5800.

Driscoll's Emergency Department expansion project will get boost from Halliburton donation

December 18, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Wednesday, Dec. 19, representatives from Halliburton will present a $25,000 check to Driscoll Children's Hospital for the redesign and expansion of its Emergency Department (ED). This donation was made possible by funds raised from the 19th annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, which was held recently in Houston.

Almost 40,000 children visit Driscoll's ED annually and, while good use has been made of the existing space, more is needed. The expansion calls for two new trauma rooms, 20 private exam rooms, six private, fast-track rooms, two triage areas with visibility to the waiting room, an expanded central nursing station, a new ambulance vestibule and a weather protection canopy.

"The redesign and expansion is a multimillion dollar project, and donations like that from the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament are helping make it possible," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll. "We are grateful for this gift."

Each year, Halliburton partners with vendors, suppliers and employees to host its Charity Golf Tournament in Houston. Throughout its history, the tournament has given nearly $5.5 million to charities across the United States.

"Halliburton, its employees, suppliers and vendors strive to help the neighborhoods our company calls home," said Joe Foster, Halliburton vice president of Business Development for the Southeast area. "I'm proud to say we have been able to support Driscoll Children's Hospital."

What: Halliburton check presentation
When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

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.
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
Mendoza
Mendoza
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
Phillips
Phillips
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
Pulley
Pulley
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.