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Peterson re-elected by American Association of Anesthesiologists

November 05, 2013
Peterson
Peterson
CORPUS CHRISTI - Anesthesiologist Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, chief executive officer of Driscoll Health Plan, was recently re-elected assistant treasurer of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). 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.

Driscoll Health Plan program gets boost from March of Dimes

November 04, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - The March of Dimes Texas Chapter recently presented Driscoll Health Plan (DHP) with a chapter community award in support of the Cadena de Madres program. The 2013 March of Dimes Chapter Community Grant Award - Region 11 included a check for $2,500. The Cadena de Madres (chain of mothers) program provides education to DHP members to help reduce the rate of preterm deliveries and to have stronger, healthier babies.

Driscoll Health Plan, community partners bringing Crossroads Diabetes Expo to Victoria

October 30, 2013
VICTORIA - Diabetes is an ongoing and growing cause for concern across South Texas. To help those affected by the disease, Driscoll Health Plan, the Victoria Regional Health Alliance and the Area Health Education Center are partnering to offer traveling Diabetes Expos.

The kick-off event, the Crossroads Diabetes Expo, will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Victoria College Student Center.

Diabetes Expos are public events that 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 will also have the opportunity to gain Continuing Medical Education credits by attending the provider seminar.

The cost to attend the Crossroads Diabetes Expo is $3 per person in advance or $5 at the door. The fee includes admission, a breakfast snack and a luncheon featuring motivational speaker Nate Lytle. The admission fee will be waived for those who cannot pay.

What: Crossroads Diabetes Expo
When: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: Victoria College Student Center, 2200 E. Red River

Patients will trick-or-treat through hospital during Driscoll's Pumpkin Parade

October 30, 2013
WHAT: The Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital is hosting the 13th annual Pumpkin Parade, a chance for patients to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating within the hospital. Driscoll employees will line the route with goodies for the children as they parade by. Also participating will be representatives from Stripes convenience stores, H-E-B, naval aviators from the Pilot for a Day program and Corpus Christi Hooks mascot Sammy Seagull.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

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

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.