DCH News

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.

Driscoll hires Susan Evans-Mueller as IT director

December 10, 2010
Susan Evans-Mueller
Susan Evans-Mueller
CORPUS CHRISTI - Susan Evans-Mueller has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as the new Information Technology (IT) director.

Evans-Mueller started her Information Technology & Systems career as a technical consultant and technical trainer. She has more than 12 years of healthcare IT&S leadership experience and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in IT&S and business.

Evans-Mueller grew up in Corpus Christi and has spent the past nine years in Houston with a for-profit healthcare organization. Her background includes IT&S and project management.

Children with special needs to stage Holiday Spectacular at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 09, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - For some patients and their families who have to spend the holidays at Driscoll Children's Hospital, their stay will be made a little brighter on Friday, Dec. 10. That's when the annual Driscoll Children's Hospital Holiday Spectacular takes place, a tradition that began seven years ago to entertain hospitalized patients and their families. Participants in the show include children who receive out-patient therapy at Driscoll, their siblings and guest performers from the community. No child is turned away who wants to be in the show, regardless of their abilities.

"Each year, it is amazing to see our special children give a performance to a standing-room only audience," said Christine Carter, speech-language pathologist at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "It is a heart-warming performance that embodies the spirit of Christmas. Our children, who have physical, emotional, mental and linguistic disabilities, seem not to be too aware of their own limitations, but are excited to work on their roles and to give a performance sure to spread joy for all who come to see!"

In 2004, Driscoll's rehabilitation patients were invited to perform with the Corpus Christi Symphony's holiday show, conducted by Lee Gwozdz. The children were given a standing ovation and since then, the show has been performed each year by the children of the Driscoll Rehabilitation Department for the hospital's inpatients.

Carter said this year, the children will be performing "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "The Magic Toyshop" and excerpts from "The Nutcracker." The show will end with a special nativity scene. Additional performances by the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, under Artistic Director Nancy Sulik, will take place between the children's performance pieces.

  • What: Driscoll Children's Hospital Holiday Spectacular

  • When: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10

  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda

Employee's award comes with a $10,000 check for Driscoll

December 06, 2010
McLane Company to present check at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7

CORPUS CHRISTI - On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the McLane Company will present a check for $10,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital in recognition of the work of Richard Harris, the hospital's Children's Miracle Network coordinator. The check comes in conjunction with the 2010 Stephanie Melemis Excellence in Service Award, which was presented to Harris last month by the McLane Company. The award is Children's Miracle Network's highest honor for a hospital employee who assists in fundraising. The McLane Company is a sponsor and corporate partner of the Children's Miracle Network.

"We could not be more thrilled with this national recognition bestowed on one of our very own," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll. "Richard Harris could not be more deserving of this honor."

St. Romain added that the $10,000 check from the McLane Company will go toward Driscoll's general operating budget to help with the many pressing needs the hospital has each year in providing specialized care to so many children and their families.

The Stephanie Melemis Award recognizes an individual at a Children's Miracle Network hospital whose selfless and heartfelt service characterizes the commitment and dedication exemplified by Stephanie Melemis, a former Children's Miracle Network Canadian employee who died of cancer in November 1998.

"When Richard became a program director at Driscoll Children's Hospital in 1993, Children's Miracle Network annual donations to the hospital were $534,000; they have since soared to more than $2.4 million," said Scott Burt, president and chief executive officer of Children's Miracle Network. "It's clear that his passion for children's health is being translated into dollars that are literally saving lives at a Children's Miracle Network hospital."

  • What: Check presentation by the McLane Company
  • When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7
  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

New Teen Lounge to offer fun for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 01, 2010
New Teen Lounge to offer fun for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
New Teen Lounge to offer fun for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital has long been equipped with toy rooms where hospital-bound patients can enjoy themselves in between treatments and visits with physicians and nurses. The rooms are geared toward infants, toddlers and young children. But for many years, hospital staff felt there was a need for a place where older patients could entertain themselves. That need will be fulfilled Dec. 3 with the unveiling of the Stripes Child Life Teen Lounge.

"The Teen Lounge will provide a therapeutic space for adolescents while they're in the hospital," said Julie Eledge, child life specialist with the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "This new space will create a comfortable atmosphere for patients 11 years and older with more appropriate activities for their age group."

Located on the 6th floor of the hospital with a beautiful view of Corpus Christi Bay, the Teen Lounge promises to make downtime a fun time for patients. A new, 42-inch TV will allow them to watch movies or play video games with a Wii or Xbox 360. They can surf the Internet on a laptop computer or iPad. There's a foosball table, air hockey table, board games, arts and crafts, books and comfortable sofas. A hand-painted mural of a surfer will cover one wall.

"All of this will help improve the patients' hospital stay by providing a place for them to get away from the medical environment and just focus on doing something fun," Eledge said.

The Stripes Child Life Teen Lounge cost about $30,000 and is made possible by a $1 million donation received from Stripes (of Stripes convenience stores) in May 2009. Joining Driscoll officials at the unveiling will be Sam L. Susser, president and chief executive officer of Susser Holdings Corp. and Steve DeSutter, president and chief executive officer for Stripes.

  • What: Stripes Child Life Teen Lounge unveiling
  • When: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3
  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 6th floor, 3533 S. Alameda St.