DCH News

Driscoll surgeon addresses causes of obesity, offers weight-loss strategies in new book

October 29, 2013
Emran
Emran
CORPUS CHRISTI - Mohammad A. Emran, MD, board-certified general and pediatric surgeon at Driscoll Children's Hospital, recently authored a book to help his patients and their families in their everyday battle against obesity. In "Fast-Track Your Health," Dr. Emran offers advice and insight to those who've had unsuccessful weight-loss attempts or are looking for the knowledge that can lead them to success.

"Obesity is one of the biggest healthcare problems in this country, and it affects every system in the body," Dr. Emran said. "There are a lot of myths and bad influences out there that are working against people trying to live healthier lives. My book focuses on what causes obesity and offers strategies so people can succeed."

Dr. Emran's book, to be released in November, details his personal experiences with patients and with his own family to illustrate the techniques for effective weight loss. They include:

Identifying the common factors shared by people who have succeeded in losing weight.
Avoiding the common difficulties that can prevent weight loss.
Discovering why it's best not to focus on any specific diet or type of exercise.
Organizing their process of weight loss and weight maintenance.
Maintaining hope despite the problems they might have previously experienced.

Dr. Emran is the director of Driscoll Children's Hospital's Adolescent Weight Management Program. He is also the founder of the not-for-profit SpringCure Foundation (www.springcurefoundation.com), which is committed to eliminating childhood obesity and improving childhood nutrition and fitness. Dr. Emran has years of experience addressing the challenges of excess weight and the common failure of weight-loss efforts, and he has helped many patients by teaching them the essential factors that lead to lasting success.

Once-fragile preemies and their families will reconnect with Driscoll staff at tomorrow's NICU Reunion

October 25, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Infants who are brought to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are usually there during the most fragile time in their lives. Patients and their families can spend months in the hospital, day in and day out, so it's no surprise that strong bonds often form with NICU physicians, nurses and other caregivers. Because of those relationships, Driscoll Children's Hospital holds the NICU Reunion each fall to give everyone a chance to reconnect and celebrate the lives of the babies who have grown into children and adults.

"The NICU reunion is a great opportunity for our patients, families and staff to keep to keep in touch with each other," said Patricia Carr, assistant vice president of Nursing Operations. "It is a real joy to watch the growth and development of our children as they progress each year. Some of our patients who are now adults bring their own children to share in the event."

At the fall festival-themed celebration, Driscoll staff members who have cared for NICU patients over the years will be on hand to meet with the more than 150 families who are eager to share stories of their children's progress since their stay at Driscoll - some of whom are now adults. In addition to dressing up in their Halloween costumes, NICU "graduates" will enjoy food, games, prizes and other goodies at the event.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's level III NICU cares for newborns and infants for a variety of reasons, including prematurity (carried less than 37 weeks), respiratory distress, infections, birth defects and other illnesses. Staffed by neonatologists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the 47-bed NICU cares for premature and critically ill infants from 31 South Texas counties.

What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual NICU Reunion
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Rehabilitation Services parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll study on human bocavirus receives international attention

October 24, 2013
Dr. Na Liu presented the poster, 'Hospital Course and Risk Factors in South Texas Children Infected with Human Bocavirus (HBoV),' Oct. 4 in San Francisco.
Dr. Na Liu presented the poster, 'Hospital Course and Risk Factors in South Texas Children Infected with Human Bocavirus (HBoV),' Oct. 4 in San Francisco.
CORPUS CHRISTI - A study by Driscoll Children's Hospital resident physicians Na Liu, MD, and Karla Araujo, MD, laboratory managers Kevin Richman, BS, MT, and Charles Raven, BS, MT, and Infectious Diseases director Jaime Fergie, MD, was recently presented at a meeting of scientists from around the world. Dr. Liu presented "Hospital Course and Risk Factors in South Texas Children Infected with Human Bocavirus (HBoV)," on a poster Oct. 4 in San Francisco during IDWeek, a joint international meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

The study is significant because the human bocavirus in children is just beginning to be understood, said Dr. Fergie, a Fellow of the IDSA.

"The human bocavirus is a newly recognized respiratory pathogen that was discovered in 2005. It is the fifth most frequent cause of respiratory infection in children and it can cause disease throughout the year, although most infection occurs during the fall and winter. Children (in the study) developed symptoms of a common cold but some developed more severe infections such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia that required hospitalization."

Kiwanis Club apple sale benefiting Driscoll patients is tomorrow, Saturday

October 24, 2013
WHAT: The 31st annual Six Points Kiwanis Club Apple Sale will be held tomorrow and Saturday at Driscoll Children's Hospital's north parking lot. Cost: $40 per case of apples. Each case contains 88 to 100 Red or Golden Delicious apples. Proceeds benefit summer camps for Driscoll patients.

WHEN: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital north parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Bartakian joins Driscoll as pediatric cardiologist

October 24, 2013
Bartakian
Bartakian
CORPUS CHRISTI - Sergio Bartakian, MD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Bartakian previously practiced pediatric interventional cardiology at Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego. He received his medical degree in 2006 from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, and received his training in pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Dr. Bartakian is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Pediatric & Congenital Interventional Cardiology Early Career Society.

Butchko brings pediatric cardiology expertise to McAllen

October 24, 2013
Butchko
Butchko
McALLEN - Gary Butchko, MD, FAAP, FACC, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric cardiologist at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen. Dr. Butchko was previously director of Echocardiography with Mercy Congenital Heart Disease Specialists at Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He received his medical degree in 1996 from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus and performed his pediatric residency at Dayton Children's Hospital and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Butchko completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship in 2002 at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

Driscoll resident receives Maternal and Child Health Scholarship

October 22, 2013
Adepoju
Adepoju
CORPUS CHRISTI - Oluwarotimi "Timi" Adepoju, MD, a second-year resident physician at Driscoll Children's Hospital, is one of 23 residents chosen to receive the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2013 Maternal and Child Health Scholarship. The $500 scholarship enables Dr. Adepoju to attend the AAP's National Conference and Exhibition Oct. 26-29, 2013, in Orlando, where he will attend medical education sessions on maternal and child health issues.

Driscoll opens Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic in Laredo

October 22, 2013
At the open house Oct. 16 were (left to right): Miguel De Leon, MD, medical director, Driscoll Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Ryan Loftin, MD, Driscoll maternal-fetal medicine specialist; Jorge P. Orezzoli, MD, Laredo obstetrician/gynecologist; Anna Gonzalez, MD, Driscoll maternal-fetal medicine specialist; Celso Rodriguez, MD, Laredo obstetrician/gynecologist; John Visintine, MD, Driscoll maternal-fetal medicine specialist; Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas; Jatin Patel, DO, Driscoll pediatric cardiologist; and  Omar Perez, MD, Laredo obstetrician/gynecologist.
At the open house Oct. 16 were (left to right): Miguel De Leon, MD, medical director, Driscoll Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Ryan Loftin, MD, Driscoll maternal-fetal medicine specialist; Jorge P. Orezzoli, MD, Laredo obstetrician/gynecologist; Anna Gonzalez, MD, Driscoll maternal-fetal medicine specialist; Celso Rodriguez, MD, Laredo obstetrician/gynecologist; John Visintine, MD, Driscoll maternal-fetal medicine specialist; Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas; Jatin Patel, DO, Driscoll pediatric cardiologist; and Omar Perez, MD, Laredo obstetrician/gynecologist.
LAREDO - On Oct. 16, Driscoll Children's Hospital hosted an open house at their new Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic at 6423 McPherson Rd., Suite 13. Driscoll physicians, including maternal-fetal medicine specialists, a pediatric cardiologist and neonatologist, were joined by local physicians, as well as Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas, to celebrate the new clinic. Driscoll's maternal-fetal medicine program is excited about this endeavor and look forward to collaborating with local obstetricians in providing the highest level of care to women in the Laredo area. The clinic can be reached at (956) 764-7000.

Patients will be treated to Halloween party at Driscoll Children's Hospital

October 15, 2013
WHAT: The Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital is partnering with volunteers from Spirit Halloween's Spirit of Children program to bring a Halloween party to patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital, including free costumes, activities and refreshments.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15

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

Driscoll Children's Hospital earns 2013 Path to Excellence award for its commitment to improving the patient experience

October 07, 2013
Mauricio Flores, MD, endocrinologist at Driscoll Children's Hospital, and Evelyn Ferrer, Driscoll director of Patient Relations, accept the 2013 Path to Excellence award Sept. 22 in Baltimore.
Mauricio Flores, MD, endocrinologist at Driscoll Children's Hospital, and Evelyn Ferrer, Driscoll director of Patient Relations, accept the 2013 Path to Excellence award Sept. 22 in Baltimore.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital has been selected by National Research Corporation as a recipient of the 2013 Path to Excellence award. Driscoll was recognized at the 19th Annual International Patient-Centered Care Symposium in Baltimore on Sept. 22.

National Research selected Path to Excellence award recipients based on their achievement within categories that patients have identified as being most important to the quality of their care. The award is only bestowed upon those organizations that are ranked by patients as being a top performer in one of the following categories: Rate Hospital, Specialty Hospital: Rank Hospital, Children's Hospital: Overall Rating, Adult: Would Recommend Doctor's Office, Pediatric: Would Recommend Doctor's Office, Catalyst Improvement Planner Champion and Most Improved Client.

The winners were selected from the extensive database of National Research hospital customers for their performance over the last four quarters. Driscoll was a top-ranked children's hospital in the Most Improved: Rate Hospital category.

"National Research congratulates Driscoll Children's Hospital for their outstanding achievements," said Susan Henricks, president and chief operating officer of National Research. "We understand that driving improvement changes across an organization takes an incredible amount of resources and dedication - and Driscoll has done exactly that. They are committed to providing the best healthcare possible for their patients and families."

As a 2013 award recipient, Driscoll is among a select group of healthcare innovators leading the way on the path to patient-centered care.

"By partnering with National Research and utilizing its measurement and quality improvement solutions, we have been able to implement changes and make the necessary adjustments to improve the patient and family care," said Evelyn Ferrer, Driscoll director of Patient Relations. "This improvement also gives patients and families the trust and confidence they deserve when seeking the right healthcare provider."