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Driscoll to celebrate with and recognize cardiology patients with congenital heart defects

February 05, 2014
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be honored at a celebration commemorating CHD Awareness Week
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be honored at a celebration commemorating CHD Awareness Week
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Feb. 8, Driscoll Children's Hospital will hold a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Celebration for its pediatric cardiology patients and families at the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum that will include games, activities and refreshments.

"We want to recognize the thousands of people born with heart defects, remember loved ones who've lost their battle with congenital heart defects and honor the dedicated health professionals who work with them," said Laura Esparza, LMSW, social worker at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be at the celebration on Saturday. Saleen was born 6 weeks early with several birth defects, including Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), a complex congenital heart defect that involves four different heart defects.

"As soon as they cut her umbilical cord she turned blue," recalled Daniella Bazan, Saleen's mother. "Two hours later when doctors were able to stabilize her, she was airlifted [from Kingsville] to Driscoll."

Bazan was able to join her daughter two days later, when at three days old, Saleen had a Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt placed in her heart. At one and a half years old, she had her first open-heart surgery. Since that first day two years ago, Saleen has been a regular at Driscoll Children's Hospital seeing 11 different specialists.

Multiple doctor's appointments, procedures and hospital stays are the reality for many South Texas children like Saleen, and telling her daughter's story during CHD Week is a way for Bazan to create awareness for the disease.

"Driscoll's party is a way we can celebrate them--the survivors, the warriors--and it's a way to remember the angels as well," Bazan said.

  • What: Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Celebration

  • When: 2:00 p.m. Feb. 8th

  • Where: Corpus Christi Science and History Museum


Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen receives books for patients thanks to Palms Crossing Barnes & Noble

January 28, 2014
Katrina Flores, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, and Ezequiel Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member.
Katrina Flores, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, and Ezequiel Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member.
Auxiliary members at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received 27 boxes full of books for patients thanks to the staff at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Palms Crossing. Books are handed out to patients while they wait for their appointment, as special rewards or as holiday gift giveaways throughout the year.

The Auxiliary relies on contributions and donations of gift items from the community to help bring joy to the lives of Rio Grande Valley children. To donate or for volunteer opportunities call the Volunteer Services Department at (800) 324-5683 or (361) 694-5011.

Crossroads Diabetes Expo offers education, information, resources for those affected

January 22, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - Diabetes is an ongoing and growing cause for concern across South Texas. To help those affected by the disease, Driscoll Health Plan, the Texas Area Health Education Centers and the Victoria Regional Health Alliance have partnered to offer an educational event called the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Crossroads Diabetes Expo will be held at the Del Mar College South Campus.

The Diabetes Expo is open to the public and will put diabetics and their caregivers in touch with area resources and offer free diabetes screenings. Educational sessions with information about lifestyle changes and disease self-management will also be offered. Topics such as carbohydrate counting, medication management, exercise, behavior modification and childhood diabetes will be addressed by professionals in the fields of medicine, nutrition, endocrinology, nursing and diabetes self-care. Healthcare providers and diabetic educators may earn Continuing Medical Education credits by attending the provider seminar.

There is no cost to attend the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. A breakfast snack will be provided before the keynote speaker.

  • What: Crossroads Diabetes Expo

  • When: 8 a.m. - Noon Saturday, Feb. 22

  • Where: Del Mar College South Campus, 3209 S. Staples St.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Fiesta de los Niños is a celebration for those who help make miracles happen

January 17, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Feb. 7, Driscoll Children's Hospital's 22nd annual Fiesta de los Niños will bring its signature combination of fun, food and music to the American Bank Center. The event's mission remains the same as it did 22 years ago - to help Driscoll offer more and enhanced services to children in the community.

"Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor, Flint Hills Resources, and the many other community partners, Driscoll Children's Hospital is able to continue to enhance and broaden its services for the children of South Texas," said Martha Avery, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll's largest annual fundraiser. Each year, 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefit the hospital. In 2013, with more than 1,300 people in attendance, Fiesta raised $575,000; those proceeds have benefitted several key specialty areas, including the Rehabilitation Services Department, with a new, therapeutic music room; the Radiology Department, with the installation of ambient lighting systems and a special, interactive program that entertains and distracts children during imaging procedures; and Driscoll Health System - Pediatric Cardiology, with new, state-of-the-art, child-specific echocardiogram machines.

Proceeds from this year's event will help purchase the latest, state-of-the-art 3D technology for Driscoll's Catheterization Laboratory to perform the most delicate procedures on infants and children.

Guests at Fiesta de los Niños will enjoy silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music artist John Corbett. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bid-board auctions and live music by Still Crazy.

For more information or table sponsorship, call Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6405 or visit www.driscollchildrens.org/giving.

  • What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 22nd annual Fiesta de los Niños

  • When: 6:30 - 11:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7

  • Where: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

  • Information: (361) 694-6405


Event schedule:
6:30 p.m. -
Doors open, reception, silent & bid-board auctions open, dancing to Still Crazy

7:00 p.m. - Western barbecue dinner served

8:30 p.m. - Live auction begins, silent auction closes (bid-board remains open until 10 p.m.)

9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, John Corbett

Brennan selected as liaison by American Academy of Pediatrics

December 20, 2013
Brennan
Brennan
CORPUS CHRISTI - Erin Brennan, DO, resident physician at Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to represent the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) as a liaison to the Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians (SOOPe). She will attend SOOPe meetings and update the SOMSRFT Executive Committee regarding SOOPe's current agenda items. Dr. Brennan was selected from a group of applicants as the best qualified person to represent the SOMSRFT, according to the AAP.

Akhtar among first to receive certification in Clinical Informatics

December 18, 2013
Akhtar
Akhtar
CORPUS CHRISTI - Noorullah Akhtar, MD, MBI, FAAP, pediatric intensive care physician and medical director of Information Systems at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was recently certified in Clinical Informatics by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Clinical Informatics is one of two new subspecialties recognized by the ABMS, and board certification emphasizes the importance of electronic communication and data storage in 21st century medical care. Dr. Akhtar is among the first group of 400-plus physicians in the United States to earn this certification.

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
Adebo
Adebo
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.