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K99 Radiothon will feature inspirational stories of hope and healing

March 03, 2011
WHAT: The 9th annual K99 Radiothon benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will be broadcast live from the hospital with on-air hosts interviewing patients, parents, physicians and staff about their experiences at the hospital. K99 (KRYS 99.1 FM) listeners will be encouraged to call in and pledge at (361) 694-6400.

WHEN: Friday, March 4, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

With healthcare reimbursement at risk in state budget, Driscoll team will go to Austin, seek support from legislators

March 01, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - For Driscoll Children's Hospital, certain proposed cuts and changes in the state's budget mean reduced services for the children of South Texas. In response, a contingent of physicians and volunteers from Driscoll will travel to Austin to voice their concerns to legislators about healthcare issues. The group will leave the hospital by bus the morning of March 2 for a one-day trip.

There are two main issues that Driscoll wishes to address. The first is a proposed $20 million cut in Medicaid provider payments. Driscoll Children's Hospital is the second-highest-ranking hospital in the state for percentage of Medicaid patient days. The proposed budget would cut the hospital's inpatient and outpatient reimbursement by 10 percent, or approximately $10 million, and cut Driscoll's Upper Payment Limits reimbursement by approximately $10 million. If this is approved, Driscoll's ability to provide specialty services such as cancer treatment, kidney transplants and heart surgery will be diminished.

The other issue concerns a Medicaid managed care expansion, for which Driscoll is requesting support from legislators. This not-for-profit health plan, proposed by the state's Health and Human Services Commission, will enable the hospital to continue its wide range of services without fear of non-Medicaid payment.

The Driscoll team plans to make their case with simple, straightforward facts. This includes:

Driscoll has saved the lives of thousands of South Texas children. In many cases, Driscoll is their only source for medical help.

  • Medicaid is the lifeblood of medical care for many South Texas children.

  • Driscoll serves one of the poorest populations in the United States.

  • Medicaid presently pays approximately 85 percent of Driscoll's costs to treat Medicaid patients.

  • Driscoll is one of only five free-standing children's hospitals in the State of Texas, providing care from Victoria to Laredo and throughout the Rio Grande Valley.


Since 1953, Driscoll Children's Hospital's not-for-profit mission has been to care for the children of South Texas, regardless of their ability to pay.

9th annual Radiothon set for March 4 at Driscoll

February 18, 2011

  • What: 9th annual Radiothon

  • When: Friday, March 4, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.


CORPUS CHRISTI - On March 4, K-99 (KRYS 99.1) will team up with Driscoll Children's Hospital and McDonald's for the annual Radiothon. The one-day event will be broadcast from the Half Pint Library in the main lobby of Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Tune in to hear patients, parents, physicians and staff share inspirational stories of hope and healing. In 2010, the community donated $71,049 during the Radiothon to benefit patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Anyone can help raise money for the Radiothon by creating an online giving page. To do so, go to www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/Driscoll.

Young heart patients to celebrate at the Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen

February 09, 2011
WHAT: In observance of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, the Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen is hosting a celebration for its heart patients. Physicians will be on hand to visit with the patients, and the event will feature cake, punch, a painting activity and photographs for keepsake magnets. All patients of the Heart Center are being invited. Spanish speaking staff will be available for interviews.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen, 2nd floor, 1120 E. Ridge Rd.

INFO: (361) 549-8724

New Cottage Shop is open for business

February 07, 2011
The Cottage Shop's new location opens for business Feb. 7, 2011.
The Cottage Shop's new location opens for business Feb. 7, 2011.
The brand new, completely rebuilt Cottage Shop is open for business at Driscoll Children's Hospital. The 1,800-square-foot building is stocked with men's, women's and children's clothing, toys, household items, collectors' items and more.

The Cottage Shop offers gently used and new merchandise. It's a great place to shop for people who are in search of bargains and hard-to-find items.

"It's for bargain hunters and treasure seekers," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll. "It's a different type of shopping, where you can find unique items and collectibles at great prices. The clothes and items are seasonal, fashionable and some even vintage."

The Cottage Shop is operated by the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital, who receive 100 percent of its proceeds. Ultimately the funds go to the hospital for a variety of projects such as the Children's Miracle Network. The store's first priority is to provide clothes and necessities to patients and their families who are in need, Saenz said.

For about 15 years, the Cottage Shop had been housed in a 1,500-square-foot portable building. The Auxiliary outgrew the building and, in 2009, the $250,000 project to build a new store began. Fittingly, it features a quaint, cottage-style exterior.

"The exciting thing about shopping there is that the merchandise changes daily," Saenz said. "We never know what we're going to get."

The Cottage Shop accepts donations of new and gently used items. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (361) 694-5800 for more information.

Driscoll being recognized for its breastfeeding program

February 07, 2011
Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC
Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC
CORPUS CHRISTI - As the lactation program coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital, Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC, oversees all the hospital's services involving breast milk and breastfeeding. An advocate for breastfeeding, Beck is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).

Last month, the ILCA and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners announced the launch of a brand new online resource, the "IBCLC Care Directory," which lists more than 200 hospitals and birthing facilities that have received the "IBCLC Care Award." This recognition, which includes Driscoll Children's Hospital, was given to facilities that have IBCLCs on staff, provide ongoing breastfeeding training for all care providers who see new mothers and babies, and which offer breastfeeding support programs for new families. The IBCLC Care Directory is available at www.ibclccare.org.

"Driscoll Children's Hospital was one of the first recipients of the award," Beck said. "I am proud to work at a hospital that is promoting and supporting breast milk for all the babies in South Texas."

In addition, the ILCA lists Beck in their "Find a Lactation Consultant Directory" online at www.ilca.org. The directory is offered to help mothers quickly and easily find an IBCLC in their community.

19th annual Fiesta de los Niños to be held as scheduled

February 04, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital's 19th Annual Fiesta de los Niños will take place tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. as scheduled. To be held at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, the event is a major annual fundraiser for Driscoll Children's Hospital. This year's proceeds will go toward the expansion and redesign of the hospital's Emergency Services Department.

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 10:00 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, John Conlee

For more information, contact the Driscoll Children's Hospital Development Department at (361) 694-6401.

Abstracts chosen for presentation at scientific meeting

February 03, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - Two abstracts co-authored by former Driscoll Children's Hospital residents, a current resident and faculty members were chosen for presentation at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting April 1-4 in Dallas.

"Hospitalizations for Rotavirus Gastroenteritis Were Reduced After Licensing of a Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine" was co-authored by former residents Carolina Molleda, M.D., Alejandra Ayestaran, M.D., and Emir Campanini, M.D., and Driscoll faculty members Jaime Fergie, M.D. and Kevin Purcell, PharmD, M.D.

"MRSA Screening Cultures and Isolation of Selected Neonates Admitted to a NICU Do Not Decrease MRSA Nosocomial Infections" was co-authored by current resident Claudia Gaviria, M.D., former resident Katherine Yulo, M.D., and Driscoll faculty members Jaime Fergie, M.D. and Kevin Purcell, PharmD, M.D.

19th annual Fiesta de los Niños to take place Friday night

February 03, 2011
WHAT: It's time for the 19th annual Fiesta de los Niños presented by title sponsor Flint Hills Resources! This much-anticipated event will feature silent and live auctions, a barbecue dinner and dancing to live entertainment by renowned music star John Conlee. Proceeds from the event will go toward the renovation and expansion of Driscoll Children's Hospital's Emergency Services Department.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 4, 6:30-11:30 p.m.

WHERE: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall

William Allen, M.D., named Chief of Staff at Driscoll

February 02, 2011
William Allen, M.D.
William Allen, M.D.
CORPUS CHRISTI - William Allen, M.D., has been named Chief of Staff at Driscoll Children's Hospital. His responsibilities include working with hospital management concerning the care of all patients, representing the medical staff to the chief executive officer and the board of directors, presiding at all meetings of the medical staff and Medical Executive Committee, recommending medical staff representatives to hospital committees, identifying future medical staff leaders, and more.

In December, Dr. Allen also accepted the position of assistant vice president for Quality and Patient Safety at Driscoll Children's Hospital. He has actively participated in overseeing the results of Driscoll's many efforts to provide quality patient care through his medical staff leadership, and he possesses a passion for constantly improving performance. Dr. Allen is a Certified Physician Executive, board certified in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology, and a professor of pediatrics in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Driscoll anticipates Dr. Allen will continue the strong clinical leadership he has demonstrated for the past 12 years at the hospital, along with his well-established ties to the hospital's physicians, bedside and supervisory hospital staff and executive leadership.