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Driscoll's Teddy Bear Hospital is a chance for patients to be the doctors

April 08, 2014
WHAT: Patients will be the doctors tomorrow during a Teddy Bear Hospital organized by the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. The event allows children to become more familiar with the medical equipment and procedures involved in their treatment. They'll choose their teddy bear, give it a name and, with the help of Child Life Specialists and other Driscoll staff, measure its height and weight, place an IV and draw labs, give it an X-ray, attach an anesthesia mask for surgery and put an arm or leg in a cast. The Teddy Bear Hospital and the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital are made possible by a $1 million donation from Stripes convenience stores.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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

April is Child Safety Month

April 01, 2014
Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program team
Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program team
CORPUS CHRISTI - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age one through 12 years old. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data, in 2010 almost an average of two children were killed and 325 were injured each day. This fatality rate could be reduced by half if the correct child safety seat had been used. Here are some great tips from Driscoll Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares to help protect your child while in the car.

Car seat recommendations for children:

  • Select a car seat based on your child's age and size.

  • Choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.

  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer's instructions; read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.

  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.

  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.


Birth - 12 months

  • Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 seats usually have higher weight limits, allowing children to stay rear-facing longer.


1 - 3 years

  • Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. Your child should remain rear-facing until he or she reaches the maximum height and weight allowed for the seat.


4 - 7 years

  • Your child should stay in a forward-facing seat with harness until he or she reaches the maximum height and weight limit allowed for the seat. Once the child has outgrown the harness, the child is now ready for a booster seat.


8 - 12 years

  • Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit into a seat belt properly. The law in Texas requires all children younger than 8 years old, unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, to be properly restrained in a child safety seat.


Kohl's Keep Your Kids Safe, Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program, in partnership with Kohl's Cares, offers free car seat inspections. To make an appointment and have your car seat checked to ensure the safety of your child, call (361) 694-6700. http://www.keepyourkidssafe-kck.com/

Driscoll patients go to Spurs game courtesy of generous donors

March 28, 2014
WHAT: Five Driscoll Children's Hospital patients and their parents or guardians will gather at the hospital's lobby and depart for San Antonio to see a Spurs game as part of a live auction package purchased at this year's Fiesta de los Niños. Steve and Jessica Johnson of JSJ Services, Inc. have purchased this item at Fiesta for the last six years, donating a total of $152,250 to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29

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

Driscoll patients to be treated to Child Life Month celebration

March 10, 2014
March is Child Life Month
March is Child Life Month
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital will celebrate Child Life Month with a superhero-themed party for in-house patients tomorrow. The sixth annual event is designed to make hospitalization a little more pleasant for children by providing a distraction from their illness and an opportunity for socialization, self-expression and normalization.

"Child Life professionals strive to promote coping and reduce anxiety of children and their families. They embrace the power of play to teach children about their diagnosis, prepare for and support during painful procedures," said Michelle Goodman, director of the fourth floor and the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll.

Driscoll Children's Hospital began a Child Life program in 1985. Today, Driscoll has nine Child Life Specialists who provide service to the Emergency Room, in-patient units 4T, 6T and 7T, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Renal Dialysis, Driscoll's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Day Surgery and Radiology.

Activities at the celebration will include face painting, making their own superhero masks and capes, superhero bowling and dart board, and photo booth. Employees from Stripes convenience stores will provide a carnival-style prize wheel and store coupons.

  • What: Child Life Month Superhero Celebration for Driscoll patients

  • When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11

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


12th annual Radiothon will broadcast live from Driscoll Children's Hospital

March 05, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday, March 7, K-99 (KRYS 99.1 FM) will team up with Driscoll Children's Hospital for the 12th annual Radiothon. The one-day event will be broadcasted live from the main lobby at Driscoll Children's Hospital beginning at 6 a.m.

Listeners can tune in to hear patients, parents, physicians and staff share inspirational stories of hope and healing. Over the past decade, K-99 listeners have helped raise more than $500,000 to benefit the patients and services provided at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

For more information or to donate, contact Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6401.

  • What: 12th annual K-99 Radiothon benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital

  • When: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, March 7

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

Valdez brings neurology expertise to Driscoll

February 26, 2014
Valdez
Valdez
CORPUS CHRISTI - Marcos Valdez, MD, has joined Children's Physician Services of South Texas at Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Valdez was previously in private practice in McAllen, Texas for 10 years. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Texas A&M College of Medicine in 1999 and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Texas Children's Hospital - Baylor College of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Valdez earned his medical degree in 1987 at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Medical School in Mexico. He is certified in neurology with a special qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Mayoral proclamation will be read at Driscoll Children's Hospital for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness

February 13, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - The week of Feb. 10-14 is recognized in the US as Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week (see www.tchin.org/aware/). In an effort to bring awareness to the community, Driscoll Children's Hospital has arranged for Corpus Christi Mayor Pro Tem Chad Magill to proclaim Feb. 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. The proclamation will be read at Driscoll Children's Hospital in the Auditorium at 3 p.m. during a CHD celebration for hospital staff.

What: Mayoral proclamation for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

When: 3 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital (Auditorium - 1st floor) 3533 S. Alameda Corpus Christi, TX 78411.

Texas Department of Transportation and Driscoll Children's Hospital to inspect child safety seats at Toys R Us

February 06, 2014
WHAT: The Texas Department of Transportation, Driscoll Children's Hospital and the Texas Department of State Health Services Safe Riders Program will host a child safety seat checkup event as part of an ongoing statewide effort to educate families about the importance of properly restraining children in motor vehicles. At the event, parents and caregivers will receive hands-on instruction from certified child passenger safety technicians who will examine each child safety seat for correct use, installation and recalls. There is no cost to participate. An appointment is recommended, but not required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-252-8255.

WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Toys R Us, 1220 Airline Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78412

WHY: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 14 and under. Each year, more than 1,700 children die and another 264,000 are injured as occupants of motor vehicles nationally. In 2010, Texas had 1,910 motor vehicle fatalities on its roadways. Ninety two of those fatalities occurred among children under the age of 14 years. An additional 1,113 hospitalizations were caused by motor vehicle crashes among children in Texas (Texas Department of State Health Services, 2012).

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.