DCH News

Wealth of information to be offered at 18th Annual Pediatric Conference

January 21, 2011
South Texas pediatricians won't want to miss the 18th Annual Pediatric Conference, to be held July 29-31, 2011 at the Omni Marina Hotel in Corpus Christi. This valuable conference will offer current information on diagnosis and management of pediatric problems encountered in everyday practice, an opportunity for the participant to compare his or her knowledge with the information presented and a better understanding of the new recommendations for common pediatric issues.

The conference will be hosted by a group of highly accredited pediatricians, and speakers from diverse pediatric specialties will provide a wealth of information. The program is designed to provide pediatricians, family practitioners and residents engaged in the direct care of infants, children and adolescents with practical diagnostic and therapeutic information covering a variety of topics. Educational methods will include lecture, case presentation, hands-on, audio-visual and interactive group response system.

Continuing medical education credit is available through the conference. For more information or to register, call 361-694-4117 or send e-mail to maria.campbell@dchstx.org.

Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club donates to help Driscoll patients

January 17, 2011
The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club recently donated a check for $5,000 to the Auxiliary at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club recently donated a check for $5,000 to the Auxiliary at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
PHARR - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently accepted a donation of $5,000 from the Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club, a loyal supporter of Driscoll patients of South Texas.

The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club's continuous support and generosity have made a difference in the lives of Driscoll's patients and their families. Donations help the Auxiliary to provide scholarships for qualifying cardiology and oncology patients attending a college or university. They help support the Children's Miracle Network Telethon that benefits Driscoll patients in the Rio Grande Valley with equipment and medication. Donations also help the Medical Plaza maintain libraries and playscapes for patients, purchase gifts for special occasions and much more. The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club's donation supports the Auxiliary's mission "to offer hope and healing in an environment of hope, compassion and care" for all Driscoll children.

The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital accepts donations throughout the year. To donate, please call (956) 688-1235 or (956) 289-3170.

Nolan joins Driscoll as pediatric pulmonologist

January 12, 2011
Paul Nolan, R.N., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.P.
Paul Nolan, R.N., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.P.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Paul K. Nolan, R.N., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.P., has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric pulmonologist. He was previously a pediatric pulmonologist at Amarillo Children's Clinic. Dr. Nolan earned his M.D. at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo and his B.S. in nursing at Texas Woman's University in Denton. He completed his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Nolan received his fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio.

19TH ANNUAL FIESTA DE LOS NIÑOS TO BENEFIT DRISCOLL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL'S EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

January 06, 2011
Flint Hills Resources presented a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital Jan. 6 during a press conference announcing the 19th annual Fiesta de los Niños.
Flint Hills Resources presented a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital Jan. 6 during a press conference announcing the 19th annual Fiesta de los Niños.
CORPUS CHRISTI - A festive night of fun, food and music is on tap for those attending Driscoll Children's Hospital's 19th Annual Fiesta de los Niños. To be held Friday, Feb.4 at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, the event is a tradition that many people look forward to every year because its aim is to help children in the community.

"Because of the support from community partners such as Flint Hills Resources, Driscoll Children's Hospital is able to continue to enhance its services and carry on the vision to be the regional leader in children's services through innovation and excellence in healthcare, advocacy, education and research," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Led by long-time title sponsor, Flint Hills Resources, Fiesta de los Niños is a major annual fundraiser for Driscoll Children's Hospital. Last year, more than $570,000 was raised for the renovation and expansion of the Driscoll Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. This year's proceeds will go toward the expansion and redesign of the hospital's Emergency Services Department to enhance overall patient care and provide a state-of-the-art department to care for the children of our community. The proposed expansion will include two trauma rooms, 13 private exam rooms, six private, fast-track rooms, two triage areas with ideal visibility to the waiting room, an expanded central nursing station and a new ambulance vestibule and weather protection canopy.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bidboard auctions and live music by Still Crazy. The live auction is at 8:30 p.m. and includes packages such as a Dallas Cowboys game, lodging at the Victoria House in Ambergris Caye, Belize, a deer hunt, a deep-sea fishing trip, a San Antonio Spurs game and a Napa Valley trip complete with wine tour and tasting. Rounding out the evening will be music by renowned country singer John Conlee.

Event schedule:
6:30 p.m. - Doors open, Reception, Silent & Bidboard auctions open, dancing to Still Crazy
7:00 p.m. - Western barbecue dinner served
8:30 p.m. - Live auction begins, silent auction closes (Bidboard remains open until 10:00 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, John Conlee

H-E-B donates toys for patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen

December 22, 2010
Holding some of the donated toys are (from left) Hector Zamora, H-E-B unit director; Aida Escobar, Driscoll Auxiliary secretary; Zeke Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member; and Albert Cantu, H-E-B store director.
Holding some of the donated toys are (from left) Hector Zamora, H-E-B unit director; Aida Escobar, Driscoll Auxiliary secretary; Zeke Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member; and Albert Cantu, H-E-B store director.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital recently received a large donation of toys from H-E-B Plus! in San Juan to give to patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen. The Auxiliary gives these toys to patients during holidays such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Back-To-School, Halloween, birthdays and other times to make them feel at ease during their medical treatment.
The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital accepts donations throughout the year to benefit Driscoll patients. To donate, please call 1-800-DCH-LOVE or 361-694-5011.

Reeflex Ltd. to deliver toys for children at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 21, 2010
WHAT: Reeflex Properties Ltd., a local real estate company owned by Willard Hammonds, have been promoting a toy drive at 12 of their apartment locations. They have been waiving rental application fees for anyone who participates in the toy drive, as well as giving one month's free rent for any current residents who participate. They will be delivering all collected toys to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Last year, the company delivered about 600 toys to the hospital.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda, Main Lobby

Injury Prevention Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital Launches "Keep Your Kids Safe....Buckle Up" Ad Campaign

December 21, 2010

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2010

  • Buckle Up Campaign at 10 a.m.

  • Visual Aid: City Bus with ad

  • Driscoll Children's Hospital - Injury Prevention Program

  • 3533 S. Alameda (front lawn)


CORPUS CHRISTI - The Injury Prevention Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital wants to make sure the youngest travelers stay safe during the holidays and all year round. As part of the Keep Your Kids Safe initiative, the Injury Prevention Program is launching a Buckle Up ad campaign on Corpus Christi city buses and on billboards in Laredo and Victoria.

Through a partnership with Kohl's Department Stores, the Injury Prevention Program will be able to increase awareness and promote the important safety message, "Keep Your Kids Safe...Buckle Up."

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 -14 years old. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Many parents are unaware that their child's car seat is not properly installed or realize their child is not fitted correctly into their car seat.

The current Texas law on child passenger safety requires all kids younger than 8 years old unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

"The ad campaign will help remind adults to make sure kids are buckled up in an appropriate child safety seat-on every trip, every time," said Maricruz Cantu, injury prevention coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "We need to give kids the best opportunity of surviving a crash and avoiding serious injuries."

Kohl's commitment to Driscoll Children's Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $150 million through this merchandise program.

12 Driscoll residents are now board-certified pediatricians-100% pass rate

December 20, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - In October, all 12 pediatric residents from Driscoll Children's Hospital who took the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certification examination successfully passed. They are: Dilachew Adebo, M.D.; Elizabeth Anyaegbu, M.D.; Cherish Lorica, M.D.; Kusuma Madaiah, M.D.; Foram Mankodi, M.D.; Leah Mercado, M.D.; Carolina Molleda, M.D.; Ravi Samraj, M.D.; Martel Samuels, M.D.; Elizabeth "Ann" Thyssen, D.O.; Tharak Yarrabolu, M.D.; and Karen Yulo, M.D. These physicians are now considered competent, knowledgeable, board-certified pediatricians. The residents spent three years training at Driscoll and graduated in June. Nationwide, about 79 percent of first-time takers of the ABP certification examination pass on their first attempt.

Patients to talk with Santa Claus via radio from their hospital rooms

December 20, 2010
WHAT: Driscoll's 5th Annual "North Pole Network" will be buzzing tomorrow as local HAM radio operators and Driscoll employees connect patients with Santa Claus via radio from their hospital rooms.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda

12 Driscoll residents are now board-certified pediatricians

December 20, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - In October, 12 pediatric residents from Driscoll Children's Hospital took and passed the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certification examination. They are now considered competent, knowledgeable, board-certified pediatricians. The residents spent three years training at Driscoll and graduated in June. About 79 percent of first-time takers of the ABP certification examination pass on their first attempt. They are: Dilachew Adebo, M.D.; Elizabeth Anyaegbu, M.D.; Cherish Lorica, M.D.; Kusuma Madaiah, M.D.; Foram Mankodi, M.D.; Leah Mercado, M.D.; Carolina Molleda, M.D.; Ravi Samraj, M.D.; Martel Samuels, M.D.; Elizabeth "Ann" Thyssen, D.O.; Tharak Yarrabolu, M.D.; and Karen Yulo, M.D.