DCH News

Driscoll patients to benefit from Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club donation

October 12, 2010
Pictured, front row, left to right: Aida Escobar, Auxiliary secretary; Esteban Garcia, Kiwanis Club vice president; Jose Espinoza, Kiwanis Club secretary; Mercedita Lomas, Kiwanis Club president; Lile Briones, Auxiliary member; back row, left to right: Ignacio Almaguer, Kiwanis Club member and board president, Food Bank RGV; Manuel Rivera, Jr., Kiwanis Club treasurer; and Elena Garza, Auxiliary member.
Pictured, front row, left to right: Aida Escobar, Auxiliary secretary; Esteban Garcia, Kiwanis Club vice president; Jose Espinoza, Kiwanis Club secretary; Mercedita Lomas, Kiwanis Club president; Lile Briones, Auxiliary member; back row, left to right: Ignacio Almaguer, Kiwanis Club member and board president, Food Bank RGV; Manuel Rivera, Jr., Kiwanis Club treasurer; and Elena Garza, Auxiliary member.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received a generous donation of $5,000 from the Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club. Members of the Kiwanis Club have been dedicated to serving the children of the world and have been loyal supporters of Driscoll's patients throughout South Texas for several years.

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

Celebration at Driscoll honors patients who designed holiday cards and gifts

October 07, 2010
Jan Cuellar introduces the young artists who's work was used in making the DCH holiday cards.
Jan Cuellar introduces the young artists who's work was used in making the DCH holiday cards.
A Celebrity Celebration will be held Sept. 22 to mark the release of Driscoll Children's Hospital's 2010 Holiday Card collection, special holiday gifts and 2011 calendar. Celebrities at the party will be past and present patients who created the designs for the cards and gifts. Each will have a poignant story to tell. The media is invited for interviews and photos. Following the party, the children will be treated to a limo ride to Gattitown for more food and fun.

In what has become an annual tradition, young Driscoll patients from throughout South Texas created the designs for six unique holiday cards and gifts including a sterling silver angel charm, a decorative cookie plate, a long-sleeve t-shirt and an apron. A group of community members selected the artwork for the items. This year's patient artists are:
  • Javier Duran, 17, of Corpus Christi

  • Joe R. Martinez, 11, of Corpus Christi

  • Maira Guerra, 9, of Mathis

  • Asa Matis, 13, of Corpus Christi

  • Mikayla M. Soliz, 6, of Ingleside

  • Lucas Chavez, 5, of Bishop

  • Christian Trejo, 12, of Alamo

Driscoll's 2011 calendar was creatively designed to resemble a scrapbook and features numerous happy photos of children who have been treated at Driscoll.

"This is one of my favorite annual volunteer events," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "We look forward to celebrating with our 'little holiday stars' and rolling out the red carpet for them."

Proceeds from the holiday cards and calendars will go toward scholarships sponsored by the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital. The items can be purchased at the hospital gift shop or ordered online at www.driscollchildrens.org. For more information, call (361) 694-5011 or 1-800-DCH-LOVE.

  • What: Driscoll Children's Hospital Celebrity Celebration

  • When: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22

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

Driscoll residents win awards

August 27, 2010
Two residents at Driscoll Children's Hospital recently won awards for their research projects from the Texas Pediatric Society. They will be officially recognized at the society's annual meeting in San Antonio on November 6th. Karen Yulo, M.D., won first prize for best hypothesis-driven research project, titled "The Relationship Between Residence Near Sources of Petrochemical Pollution and Worsening Respiratory Outcomes in Children of Nueces and San Patricio Counties," and Ranjana Sarma, M.D., won honorable mention for her case presentation in the resident category, titled "Improving Quality of Care: Role of Rapid Response Team and Quick Assessment Unit."

Ernest Buck, M.D., wins Award of Merit

August 11, 2010
Dr. Buck
Dr. Buck
CORPUS CHRISTI - Ernest Buck, M.D., of ABC Pediatrics, has been selected by the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) Awards Committee to receive the 2010 Texas Pediatric Society Sidney Kaliski Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions to the TPS, pediatrics and his community.

"It's a very humbling experience," Dr. Buck said. "It's the type of award that is the pinnacle of a career. Previous recipients are wonderful and inspiring pediatricians who are the backbone of pediatrics in the state of Texas. I wasn't even considering myself as a candidate. It took me totally by surprise."

Dr. Buck was nominated by Skip Brown, M.D., immediate past president of the TPS, and supported by Driscoll Children's Hospital's William Dirksen, M.D., and Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A.

The award will be presented to Dr. Buck at the TPS annual meeting awards luncheon on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio.

Allen graduates from Spanish Bilingual Assistant class

July 14, 2010
William Allen, M.D. was one of 15 bilingual staff at Driscoll Children's Hospital to graduate from a 60-hour Spanish Bilingual Assistant (SBA) class on July 14. The class included a comprehensive language screening process and was conducted over six weeks. The SBA program is supported by the National Medical Interpreter Project, which is dedicated to supporting language access for non-English-speaking families. This was the third SBA class offered at Driscoll; the last one was offered in McAllen last year.

Johnson, Cortes receive awards

June 18, 2010
During the 2010 Residency Graduation Program held at the Omni Marina Hotel on June 18, Cris Johnson, M.D. was the recipient of the "Best Subspecialty Teacher Award" and Richard Cortes, M.D. received the "Best General Pediatrician Teacher Award" from the graduating Driscoll pediatric residents. Both physicians received a plaque in appreciation of their efforts.

Ramakrishna appointed to Regional Advisory Committee

June 18, 2010
Mulukutla Ramakrishna, M.D. of South Padre Island Pediatric Center has been appointed as a physician member from Corpus Christi to the board of CHIP and Medicaid for Region 11, stretching from Victoria to the Rio Grande Valley (the state is divided into 11 regions). The Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is an advocacy forum for matters related to CHIP and Medicaid to improve access to care, quality of care and managed care issues. The RAC also responds to questions, suggestions and recommendations from various community partners and the public. RACs are also provided information regarding updates and upcoming changes at the federal and state level. In turn, each RAC sends recommendations from the regional level to the Texas Dept. of Health & Human Services Commission for enhancement and improvement of care. If any physicians or hospital staff have any issues regarding improvement or enhancement of care in this area or issues relating to managed care, contact him at 361-854-4626.

Dr. Ramakrishna is a former chief of staff at Driscoll Children's Hospital and a former chief of pediatrics. He is a former board member of Head Start for Nueces County and the Child Advocacy Center. Presently he serves on the Driscoll Medical Executive Committee and chairs the Driscoll Children's Health Plan Credentials Committee. He is board certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and currently serves on the boards of Coastal Bend Emergency Services and 501Primary Care Pediatrics.

In addition, Dr. Ramakrishna was recognized June 18 during the 2010 Residency Graduation Program held at the Omni Marina Hotel for his contributions to resident education with the "Best Teaching Attending Award." He received a plaque in appreciation of his efforts.

Driscoll Children's Hospital receives the Texas Award for Performance Excellence

June 17, 2010
Donna Quinn (third from left), vice president of Operations and Quality for Driscoll Children's Hospital, holds the Texas Award for Performance Excellence with Steve Woerner (fourth from left), Driscoll president and chief executive officer. Second from right is Bill Denney, president of the Quality Texas Foundation, and the others are members of the foundation.
Donna Quinn (third from left), vice president of Operations and Quality for Driscoll Children's Hospital, holds the Texas Award for Performance Excellence with Steve Woerner (fourth from left), Driscoll president and chief executive officer. Second from right is Bill Denney, president of the Quality Texas Foundation, and the others are members of the foundation.
CORPUS CHRISTI - This month, Driscoll Children's Hospital was presented with the
Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Texas Foundation, making it the only children's hospital in Texas to receive this recognition. The award elevates the hospital to the Progress Level, the third of five levels of achievement.

"Last year Driscoll was recognized at the Commitment Level, which is Level 2," said Dr. Deborah Flores, assistant vice president for Quality and Risk Management for Driscoll Children's Hospital. "This newest recognition indicates that we demonstrated with data in our application that we are making quantifiable progress in the seven categories the award addresses."

The seven categories are Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer and Market Focus, Information and Knowledge Management, Workforce Focus, Process Management and Results. The Texas Award for Performance Excellence recognizes organizations in many areas, including manufacturing, education, healthcare, service providers and non-profits.

The award was presented to Driscoll at the TAPE Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Rockwall on June 6-7th.