DCH News

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.

Driscoll's weight management patients gather tomorrow for Bariatric Reunion

December 06, 2013
WHAT: Patients from Driscoll Children's Hospital's Adolescent Weight Management Program will gather tomorrow for fun and fellowship at the annual Bariatric Reunion. They'll be joined by some of the Driscoll staff who have helped them along their weight-loss journey. The Adolescent Weight Management Program, begun in 2009, involves extensive weight control and nutritional education and, for patients who meet certain criteria, surgical attachment of an adjustable band around the stomach that aids in decreasing sensations of hunger.

WHEN: 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

WHERE: Sully's Bowling Lanes, 2285 W. Wheeler Ave, Aransas Pass

Driscoll physician presents case report at meeting in San Francisco

December 03, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - A case report by Driscoll Children's Hospital physicians was presented Oct. 14 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in San Francisco. "Intraoperative Management of a Giant Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (GS/T) in a preterm infant with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHTN) and Consumptive Coagulopathy" was presented as a poster by anesthesiologist Meera Gangadharan, MBBS. Physicians who collaborated with Dr. Gangadharan were anesthesiologists Angelina Bhandari, MD, and A. Jay Koska, MD, and pediatric surgeon Stephen Almond, MD.

"This was a very challenging case with a mortality rate exceeding 50 percent," Dr. Gangadharan said. "It involved excellent teamwork by Driscoll's neonatology, cardiology, anesthesiology and surgery services and resulted in an excellent outcome for the patient."

The ASA is a 50,000-member educational research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

Adebo joins Driscoll as pediatric cardiologist

December 02, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Dilachew Adebo, MD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Adebo received his medical degree in 1999 from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. He completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He received cardiovascular magnetic resonance training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and obtained level III certification by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Adebo received additional training in pediatric cardiology in Holon, Israel and in London. He performed his residency in pediatrics at Driscoll Children's Hospital and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Adebo is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and he is a member of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

Woerner selected to serve on state Perinatal Advisory Council

December 02, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Steven F. Woerner, president and chief executive officer of Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been selected by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to serve on the Perinatal Advisory Council for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a member who represents a children's hospital. The council will develop and recommend criteria for designating levels of neonatal and maternal care, including a process for assignment of levels of care to a hospital for neonatal and maternal care. Woerner's term will expire on Sept. 1, 2019.

Kohl's Department Stores donates more than $42,000 to Driscoll's Keep Your Kids Safe Program

November 18, 2013
At the check presentation Nov. 16 were (left to right) Cpl. Charlie Ramirez, Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Queta Almanza, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; Felicia Powell, Driscoll inpatient clinical coordinator; Norma Medina, Driscoll trauma registrar; Tiffany Collie, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; and Jason Woodman, Kohl's store manager.
At the check presentation Nov. 16 were (left to right) Cpl. Charlie Ramirez, Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Queta Almanza, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; Felicia Powell, Driscoll inpatient clinical coordinator; Norma Medina, Driscoll trauma registrar; Tiffany Collie, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; and Jason Woodman, Kohl's store manager.
CORPUS CHRISTI - A bicycle rodeo and bicycle helmet giveaway was held at Driscoll Children's Hospital on Nov. 16, 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm. During this event, a check from the Kohl's Cares grant programs was presented to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program.

The Kohl's Cares donation is used to fund the Keep Your Kids Safe Program, which provides child passenger safety seats, bicycle helmets and safety education to the Coastal Bend community. Since 2004, Kohl's has donated more than $385,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program.

"Kohl's has provided invaluable assistance in helping Driscoll Children's Hospital get the word out on child injury prevention," said Martha Avery, Driscoll vice president for Development. "So many children's accidents are preventable with the proper education and training. Thanks to support from Kohl's, thousands of car seats have been inspected and thousands of bicycle helmets given away to help keep children safe."

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 $231 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl's has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl's also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

Kohl's Department Stores to donate more than $42,000 to Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program

November 15, 2013
WHAT: Kohl's will present to Driscoll Children's Hospital a check for $42,015 during a bicycle rodeo held to promote bicycle safety and helmet safety. The gift supports Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program, which provides child passenger safety seats to low income families, along with bicycle helmets to children in the community. In the past nine years, Kohl's has donated more than $385,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program through Kohl's Cares®.

WHEN: Bicycle rodeo: 10 a.m.; Check presentation: 11:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Program building parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll resident receives grant to attend medical conference

November 12, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Anitha Ezekiel, MD, resident physician at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was chosen by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to receive an $800 travel support grant and complimentary registration to attend the program for medical students and residents at ASN Kidney Week 2013, held Nov. 5-10 in Atlanta. More than 13,000 kidney professionals attended the event, described by ASN as the world's premier nephrology meeting. Kidney Week provides participants with opportunities to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances and engage in discussions with leading experts in the field.

Driscoll's state-of-the-art MRI suite combines entertainment and technology to help ease patients' anxiety

November 11, 2013
Driscoll's newly renovated MRI suite includes a new, larger magnet, an ambient lighting system that can be coordinated with projected images that patients can choose (right), and a TV screen on which they can watch movies.
Driscoll's newly renovated MRI suite includes a new, larger magnet, an ambient lighting system that can be coordinated with projected images that patients can choose (right), and a TV screen on which they can watch movies.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Under construction since the spring, the newly renovated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite at Driscoll Children's Hospital is now fully operational. The state-of-the-art suite could have come from the Starship Enterprise, with its streamlined architecture, new, larger magnet and features that allow patients to choose sights, sounds and even movies while they undergo an MRI.

"Allowing children to control the environment when they may be nervous about a procedure helps them become calmer," said Ernest Chavez, Driscoll director of Radiology Services.

An MRI is a noninvasive, diagnostic procedure that uses a magnet to obtain detailed images of the internal structure of the body. It typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Among the customizable features in the MRI suite is a projection system that displays moving, child-friendly images on a wall. Patients can choose from a variety of themes, including sky, underwater, jungle, South America and Europe. And each theme is paired with a color that illuminates the room via an ambient lighting system. If a child doesn't want a projection theme, they can choose the color of the lighting, or to have alternating colors. The lighting and projection can be programmed on a wall-mounted keypad when the patient arrives in the MRI suite or beforehand on a tablet.

A 32-inch, flat-screen TV in the room also allows patients to watch their favorite movie. They can bring their own DVD or pick one that is available in the suite, such as "Cars," "Ice Age," "Tangled" and "Iron Man." Children hear the movie through headphones. If they opt not to watch a movie, they can listen to music on their own CD or one that is on hand, like Taylor Swift or One Direction.

The renovation also includes a new magnet with a 70-centimeter bore, which is 15 centimeters larger than the previous magnet's. The larger bore size is beneficial in different ways. Patients can more easily see their parents while the MRI is being performed, Driscoll's technical and medical staff have easier access to the patient, it lessens the potential for claustrophobic feelings, and it can accommodate larger patients.

"With this equipment, an MRI can be a pleasant experience rather than one that may be scary to a child," said Driscoll radiologist Allister Arnold, MD. "At the same time, procedures can be done more efficiently."

This year, Driscoll's Radiology Services installed ambient lighting in its X-ray rooms, and it will also be incorporated in the computed tomography and nuclear medicine rooms. The ultrasound rooms will also be outfitted during future remodeling. Funding for the ambient lighting, including that in the MRI suite, came from Driscoll's annual Fiesta de los Niños fundraiser.

Driscoll's ER renovation project to benefit from Halliburton donation

November 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Representatives from Halliburton will present a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital tomorrow, to go toward the redesign and expansion of Driscoll's Emergency Room. The donation was made possible by funds raised at the 20th annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, held last month in Houston.

Approximately 35,000 children visit Driscoll's ER annually. The renovation and expansion of the ER began in July and is scheduled to last 16 to 18 months. The $12 million project will increase the size of the ER and lobby by approximately 5,000 square feet. It will result in a state-of-the-art ER and significantly enhance overall patient care at Driscoll

"Halliburton has been a dedicated supporter of children's health," said Martha Avery, Driscoll vice president of Development. "We are very fortunate to have such a great partner here in our region. We are extremely grateful to Halliburton for their generous support."

Each year, Halliburton partners with vendors, suppliers and employees to host its Charity Golf Tournament in Houston. Since its inception, the tournament has given nearly $8.5 million to charities across the United States. Two previous donations from the event have gone toward Driscoll's ER project.

"Making a real difference for organizations like Driscoll Children's Hospital is what the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament is all about," said Joe Foster, Halliburton vice president of Business Development for the Southeast area. "It's remarkable to have proceeds from the tournament support worthwhile causes, such as Driscoll's ER renovation project, to continue providing hope and healing for children across South Texas."

What: Halliburton check presentation
When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.