DCH News

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Kohl's Department Stores sponsor the Keep Your Kids Safe Program

November 08, 2012
Kohl's to donate $50,387 to Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program

CORPUS CHRISTI - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2010 shows that about two children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles. The NHTSA also estimates that roughly three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program will conduct a car-seat inspection event on Friday, Nov. 9 at Kohl's Department Store, 5626 Saratoga Blvd. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to check car-seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car-seats and install them properly in their vehicles. A check for $50,387 will be presented to Driscoll by Kohl's at 10:15 a.m.

This year's grant will help support child safety initiatives and outreach programs in the areas of child passenger safety and helmet safety. The donations were collected from Kohl's stores. Since 2004, Kohl's has gifted Driscoll Children's Hospital $343,886 to promote child safety efforts.

"Kohl's has been a great supporter of our child safety initiatives. We are fortunate to have such a great partner," said Maricruz Cantu, Injury Prevention coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Along with the grant which allow us to continue our injury prevention programs, the Kohl's associates volunteer their time and make our community outreach events a success."

Cantu urges parents and caregivers to follow NHTSA's car-seat guidelines and manufacturer instructions, which recommend that children stay in specific restraint types before moving to the next type. For maximum safety, car-seat installations should be inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Children ages 12 and under should always ride in the back seat, Cantu said.

Important guidelines for child seat safety are:

Birth-12 months old: For the best possible protection, children under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car-seat. There are different types of rear-facing car-seats. Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car-seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing children to remain rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1-3 years old: Children should remain in a rear-facing car-seat until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing to age 2 or older. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car-seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car-seat with a harness.

4-7 years old: Children should be kept in a forward-facing car-seat with a harness until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. Once the child outgrows the forward-facing seat, it's time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8-12 years old: Keep children in a booster seat until they're big enough to wear a seatbelt properly. For a seatbelt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

Parents and caregivers should remember:

Select a car-seat based on the child's age and size, choose a seat that fits in the vehicle and use it on every trip, every time.

Always refer to the car-seat manufacturer's instructions. Read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car-seat using the seat belt or LATCH system. Check height and weight limits.

To maximize safety, keep children in the car-seat for as long as possible, providing they fit within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.

Keep children in the back seat at least through age 12.

What: Check presentation and children's car-seat checks
When: Check presentation at 10:15 a.m.; car-seat checks from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Where: Kohl's Department Store, 5626 Saratoga Blvd.

Hospital patients will trick-or-treat during Driscoll's Pumpkin Parade

October 30, 2012
WHAT: The 12th annual Pumpkin Parade is a chance for patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating within the hospital. Driscoll employees will line the route with goodies for the children as they parade by. Representatives from Stripes convenience stores, naval aviators from the Pilot for a Day program and Corpus Christi Hooks mascot Rusty Hook will also participate.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll's Adolescent Weight Management Program patients will gather for annual Bariatric Reunion

October 26, 2012
WHAT: Teenage patients who are participating in Driscoll Children's Hospital's Adolescent Weight Management Program are invited to the annual Bariatric Reunion at Treasure Island Golf & Games Saturday. The patients will enjoy putt-putt golf and other games as they share their experiences and develop friendships. Driscoll's Bariatric Program, begun in 2009, involves extensive weight control and nutritional education and, for patients who meet certain criteria, surgical attachment of an adjustable band around the stomach that aids in decreasing sensations of hunger.
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
WHERE: Treasure Island Golf & Games, 14041 S. Padre Island Dr., Padre Island

Kiwanis Club's apple sale benefiting Driscoll patients is tomorrow

October 26, 2012
WHAT: The 30th annual Six Points Kiwanis Club Apple Sale will be held Saturday at Driscoll Children's Hospital's north parking lot. Cost: $40 per case of apples. Each case contains 88 to 100 Red or Golden Delicious apples. Proceeds benefit Camp for All, a summer camp for patients of Driscoll's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center.
WHEN: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Once-fragile preemies, their families will reunite with caregivers

October 19, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Infants who are brought to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are usually there during the most fragile time in their lives. Patients and their families can spend several months in the hospital, day in and day out, so it's no surprise that strong bonds often form between them and the NICU physicians, nurses and other caregivers.

Because of the relationships that develop between patients and caregivers, Driscoll Children's Hospital holds the NICU Reunion each fall to give everyone a chance to reconnect and celebrate the lives of the babies who have grown into children and adults.

"It's exciting for our staff to keep in contact with the patients they cared for," said Patricia Carr, Driscoll assistant vice president of Patient Care Services. "It's a wonderful thing watching our patients grow into children and adults. The event is truly like a big family reunion."

At the fall festival-themed celebration, Driscoll staff members who have cared for NICU patients over the years will be on hand to meet with the more than 150 families who are eager to share stories of their children's progress since their stay at Driscoll - some of whom are now adults. In addition to dressing up in their Halloween costumes, NICU "graduates" will enjoy food, games, prizes and other goodies at the event.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's level III NICU cares for newborns and infants for a variety of reasons, including prematurity (carried less than 37 weeks), respiratory distress, infections, birth defects and other illnesses. Staffed by neonatologists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the 47-bed NICU cares for premature and critically ill infants from 31 South Texas counties.

What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual NICU Reunion
When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Rehabilitation Services parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Fallwell is Driscoll's new director of Infection Prevention

October 18, 2012
Fallwell
Fallwell
CORPUS CHRISTI - Nancy Fallwell, RN, has been promoted to director of Infection Prevention & Control at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Fallwell was formerly the interim director of Infection Prevention & Control and, prior to that, was a nursing house supervisor at Driscoll. She has served in various nursing roles at Corpus Christi-area hospitals, the first as a nurse technician at Driscoll in 1989. Fallwell holds a master's degree in nursing and healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Hopkins shares facial reconstruction knowledge at conference

October 17, 2012
Hopkins
Hopkins
CORPUS CHRISTI - Kevin S. Hopkins, MD, FACS, Craniofacial/Plastic Surgeon at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was a session moderator and speaker Oct. 5-7 at the 10th Annual International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) 2012 Conference in Quebec City, Canada. The conference focused on scientific studies involving fat and fat-derived stem cells for cutting-edge clinical applications and tissue engineering. Dr. Hopkins presented a clinical paper on his experience using a patient's own fat for reconstructive procedures he has performed on children with congenital craniofacial, cleft lip/palate, burns and traumatic deformities. Dr. Hopkins has been practicing at Driscoll Children's Hospital since 2001.

Patients will be treated to Halloween celebration at Driscoll

October 15, 2012
WHAT: Volunteers with Spirit Halloween's Spirit of Children program are bringing a Halloween celebration to patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital, including costumes, activities and more. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos and interviews.
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll Health Plan in focus: An incentive program for new moms

October 12, 2012
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Motherhood is a big job, and helping mothers and their babies stay healthy in South Texas is a big focus of Driscoll Health Plan (DHP). For example, DHP encourages moms to stay on track with Texas Health Steps - a roadmap to healthy living for mothers and newborns - by offering incentives such as gift cards for diapers* when they complete each of their postpartum checkups and at least four of the newborn checkups.

Under the Texas Health Steps incentive program, mothers are encouraged to visit their obstetrician after giving birth to ensure their recovery from delivery is proceeding well. These visits allow them to get additional information on breastfeeding and birth spacing.

"Similarly, we hope that the infant will get all the recommended checkups from his or her pediatrician or family physician," said Ernest Buck, MD, medical director of DHP.

Infants' checkups are typically scheduled at 5 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months old, Dr. Buck said. The visits are spaced to ensure the babies' growth and development is proceeding normally. They'll get the recommended vaccines, and parents will have the chance to learn parenting skills.

As mothers complete each infant checkup, they can receive a gift card for diapers. In addition, DHP offers a $20 gift card to moms* who continue to get all checkups after the baby's first year, which are scheduled at 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months and annually from age 3 to 20 years.

"We want to encourage the family to get the very best in medical care and reward them for doing just that," Dr. Buck said.

DHP has more than 51,600 members in the Hidalgo Service Delivery Area (SDA), which includes the counties of Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata. It is the only non-profit, provider-sponsored plan in the Hidalgo SDA. For more information about DHP, families can go to www.driscollhealthplan.com or call 855-425-3247. This is the second in a series of four press releases about DHP's value-added services.

* This is not an all-inclusive list of value-added services. Restrictions and/or limitations apply.

Golfers swing to benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital

October 04, 2012
WHAT: Over 130 golfers of all skill levels will come together for Driscoll Children's Hospital's 17th annual Golf Classic. Proceeds from the event will assist with critical needs at the hospital to continue providing the highest level of pediatric medical care to the children of South Texas.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. registration/practice/lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start
WHERE: Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Rd.