Driscoll pediatric cardiologist recognized as distinguished alumnus at Louisiana Tech University
February 17, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll pediatric cardiologist Brandon Lane Phillips, MD, FAAP, FACC, was recently recognized by The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University as one of 14 of their 2014 Distinguished Alumni. Chosen alumni have distinguished themselves during their careers and in service to the university.
Dr. Phillips joined Driscoll in 2012 and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. In 2010, Dr. Phillips completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His clinical interests include non-invasive imaging, outpatient cardiology and adult congenital cardiology.
Mayoral proclamation will be read at Driscoll Children's Hospital for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness
February 13, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - The week of Feb. 10-14 is recognized in the US as Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week (see www.tchin.org/aware/). In an effort to bring awareness to the community, Driscoll Children's Hospital has arranged for Corpus Christi Mayor Pro Tem Chad Magill to proclaim Feb. 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. The proclamation will be read at Driscoll Children's Hospital in the Auditorium at 3 p.m. during a CHD celebration for hospital staff.
What: Mayoral proclamation for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
When: 3 p.m. Feb. 14
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital (Auditorium - 1st floor) 3533 S. Alameda Corpus Christi, TX 78411.
Texas Department of Transportation and Driscoll Children's Hospital to inspect child safety seats at Toys R Us
February 06, 2014
WHAT: The Texas Department of Transportation, Driscoll Children's Hospital and the Texas Department of State Health Services Safe Riders Program will host a child safety seat checkup event as part of an ongoing statewide effort to educate families about the importance of properly restraining children in motor vehicles. At the event, parents and caregivers will receive hands-on instruction from certified child passenger safety technicians who will examine each child safety seat for correct use, installation and recalls. There is no cost to participate. An appointment is recommended, but not required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-252-8255.
WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Toys R Us, 1220 Airline Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
WHY: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 14 and under. Each year, more than 1,700 children die and another 264,000 are injured as occupants of motor vehicles nationally. In 2010, Texas had 1,910 motor vehicle fatalities on its roadways. Ninety two of those fatalities occurred among children under the age of 14 years. An additional 1,113 hospitalizations were caused by motor vehicle crashes among children in Texas (Texas Department of State Health Services, 2012).
Driscoll to celebrate with and recognize cardiology patients with congenital heart defects
February 05, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Feb. 8, Driscoll Children's Hospital will hold a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Celebration for its pediatric cardiology patients and families at the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum that will include games, activities and refreshments.
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be honored at a celebration commemorating CHD Awareness Week
"We want to recognize the thousands of people born with heart defects, remember loved ones who've lost their battle with congenital heart defects and honor the dedicated health professionals who work with them," said Laura Esparza, LMSW, social worker at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be at the celebration on Saturday. Saleen was born 6 weeks early with several birth defects, including Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), a complex congenital heart defect that involves four different heart defects.
"As soon as they cut her umbilical cord she turned blue," recalled Daniella Bazan, Saleen's mother. "Two hours later when doctors were able to stabilize her, she was airlifted [from Kingsville] to Driscoll."
Bazan was able to join her daughter two days later, when at three days old, Saleen had a Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt placed in her heart. At one and a half years old, she had her first open-heart surgery. Since that first day two years ago, Saleen has been a regular at Driscoll Children's Hospital seeing 11 different specialists.
Multiple doctor's appointments, procedures and hospital stays are the reality for many South Texas children like Saleen, and telling her daughter's story during CHD Week is a way for Bazan to create awareness for the disease.
"Driscoll's party is a way we can celebrate them--the survivors, the warriors--and it's a way to remember the angels as well," Bazan said.
- What: Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Celebration
- When: 2:00 p.m. Feb. 8th
- Where: Corpus Christi Science and History Museum
Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen receives books for patients thanks to Palms Crossing Barnes & Noble
January 28, 2014
Auxiliary members at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received 27 boxes full of books for patients thanks to the staff at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Palms Crossing. Books are handed out to patients while they wait for their appointment, as special rewards or as holiday gift giveaways throughout the year.
Katrina Flores, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, and Ezequiel Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member.
The Auxiliary relies on contributions and donations of gift items from the community to help bring joy to the lives of Rio Grande Valley children. To donate or for volunteer opportunities call the Volunteer Services Department at (800) 324-5683 or (361) 694-5011.
Crossroads Diabetes Expo offers education, information, resources for those affected
January 22, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - Diabetes is an ongoing and growing cause for concern across South Texas. To help those affected by the disease, Driscoll Health Plan, the Texas Area Health Education Centers and the Victoria Regional Health Alliance have partnered to offer an educational event called the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Crossroads Diabetes Expo will be held at the Del Mar College South Campus.
The Diabetes Expo is open to the public and will put diabetics and their caregivers in touch with area resources and offer free diabetes screenings. Educational sessions with information about lifestyle changes and disease self-management will also be offered. Topics such as carbohydrate counting, medication management, exercise, behavior modification and childhood diabetes will be addressed by professionals in the fields of medicine, nutrition, endocrinology, nursing and diabetes self-care. Healthcare providers and diabetic educators may earn Continuing Medical Education credits by attending the provider seminar.
There is no cost to attend the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. A breakfast snack will be provided before the keynote speaker.
- What: Crossroads Diabetes Expo
- When: 8 a.m. - Noon Saturday, Feb. 22
- Where: Del Mar College South Campus, 3209 S. Staples St.
Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Fiesta de los Niños is a celebration for those who help make miracles happen
January 17, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Feb. 7, Driscoll Children's Hospital's 22nd annual Fiesta de los Niños will bring its signature combination of fun, food and music to the American Bank Center. The event's mission remains the same as it did 22 years ago - to help Driscoll offer more and enhanced services to children in the community.
"Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor, Flint Hills Resources, and the many other community partners, Driscoll Children's Hospital is able to continue to enhance and broaden its services for the children of South Texas," said Martha Avery, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll's largest annual fundraiser. Each year, 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefit the hospital. In 2013, with more than 1,300 people in attendance, Fiesta raised $575,000; those proceeds have benefitted several key specialty areas, including the Rehabilitation Services Department, with a new, therapeutic music room; the Radiology Department, with the installation of ambient lighting systems and a special, interactive program that entertains and distracts children during imaging procedures; and Driscoll Health System - Pediatric Cardiology, with new, state-of-the-art, child-specific echocardiogram machines.
Proceeds from this year's event will help purchase the latest, state-of-the-art 3D technology for Driscoll's Catheterization Laboratory to perform the most delicate procedures on infants and children.
Guests at Fiesta de los Niños will enjoy silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music artist John Corbett. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bid-board auctions and live music by Still Crazy.
For more information or table sponsorship, call Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6405 or visit www.driscollchildrens.org/giving.
- What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 22nd annual Fiesta de los Niños
- When: 6:30 - 11:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7
- Where: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.
- Information: (361) 694-6405
6:30 p.m. - Doors open, reception, silent & bid-board auctions open, dancing to Still Crazy
7:00 p.m. - Western barbecue dinner served
8:30 p.m. - Live auction begins, silent auction closes (bid-board remains open until 10 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, John Corbett
Brennan selected as liaison by American Academy of Pediatrics
December 20, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Erin Brennan, DO, resident physician at Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to represent the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) as a liaison to the Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians (SOOPe). She will attend SOOPe meetings and update the SOMSRFT Executive Committee regarding SOOPe's current agenda items. Dr. Brennan was selected from a group of applicants as the best qualified person to represent the SOMSRFT, according to the AAP.
Akhtar among first to receive certification in Clinical Informatics
December 18, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Noorullah Akhtar, MD, MBI, FAAP, pediatric intensive care physician and medical director of Information Systems at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was recently certified in Clinical Informatics by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Clinical Informatics is one of two new subspecialties recognized by the ABMS, and board certification emphasizes the importance of electronic communication and data storage in 21st century medical care. Dr. Akhtar is among the first group of 400-plus physicians in the United States to earn this certification.
Rehabilitation patients take stage tomorrow for Driscoll's 10th annual Holiday Spectacular
December 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the 10th year, performers are ready to take the stage for the annual Holiday Spectacular at Driscoll Children's Hospital. This annual tradition, to be held tomorrow in Driscoll's auditorium, brings together the talents of patients from the Rehabilitation Services Department, their families and friends, and guest performers.
Rehearsals for the show began in October with Driscoll's rehabilitation patients, who are invited to participate regardless of their abilities.
"It is so heartwarming to watch children who are faced with challenges every day perform for their families and friends," said Susan Fields, Driscoll director of Rehabilitation Services. "They get to experience the process of putting on a first class performance. And we as parents and caregivers get to celebrate with them. This is really what the holiday season is all about."
The show will include performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," a scene from "The Nutcracker" and a very special Nativity. It will be directed by Driscoll's Christine Carter, a speech-language pathologist and dancer with the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, and Heidi Lathrop, a physical therapist at Driscoll and former dancer. Additional performances by the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet will take place between the children's performances.
What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 10th annual Holiday Spectacular
When: 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.