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
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
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.
Country stars will entertain at Driscoll's Singer Songwriter Showcase
October 03, 2012
WHAT: Some of country music's biggest songwriters will take the stage tomorrow night at Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Singer Songwriter Showcase at the Corpus Christi Country Club. Artists include singer David Lee Murphy, whose hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd" have become staples on country radio; Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bob DiPiero, who wrote Tim McGraw's 2010 hit "Southern Voice;" and songwriter Scotty Emerick, who has written for artists such as Sawyer Brown, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap and Bryan White. Proceeds from the event benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital. The concert precedes Driscoll's 17th annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Country Club.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
WHERE: Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Rd.
Costco donates more than $12,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital
September 27, 2012
WHAT: Officials from Costco will present a check for $12,094.27 to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Costco employees raised the funds for the Children's Miracle Network through sales of miracle balloons and other fundraising activities. Driscoll Children's Hospital is part of the Children's Miracle Network, a children's charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals. Proceeds will help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves lives.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Costco, 1501 W. Kelly Ave., Pharr
Huynh brings sports medicine expertise to Driscoll
September 26, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Phuong Huynh, MD, has joined Children's Physician Services of South Texas at Driscoll Children's Hospital as a sports medicine physician. Dr. Huynh recently completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She has had extensive training in the assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries.
Dr. Huynh will diagnose and treat musculoskeletal sports injuries and offer advice on injury prevention to athletes, coaches, trainers and sports teams. She will work closely with Driscoll's physical therapists and athletic trainer to develop rehabilitation plans and exercise regimes that are specific to each patient and their injury.
Almond named president-elect of Transplantation Society
September 21, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Stephen Almond, MD, chief of Pediatric Surgery, Urology and Transplantation at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was recently named president-elect of the Texas Transplantation Society (TTS) at their annual meeting in Galveston. The TTS is a professional association founded in 1987 to facilitate transplantation within the state of Texas. Their mission is to advance transplantation and organ donation through education and advocacy with a unified and authoritative voice.