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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.

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

H-E-B donates toys for patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen

December 22, 2010
Holding some of the donated toys are (from left) Hector Zamora, H-E-B unit director; Aida Escobar, Driscoll Auxiliary secretary; Zeke Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member; and Albert Cantu, H-E-B store director.
Holding some of the donated toys are (from left) Hector Zamora, H-E-B unit director; Aida Escobar, Driscoll Auxiliary secretary; Zeke Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member; and Albert Cantu, H-E-B store director.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital recently received a large donation of toys from H-E-B Plus! in San Juan to give to patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen. The Auxiliary gives these toys to patients during holidays such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Back-To-School, Halloween, birthdays and other times to make them feel at ease during their medical treatment.
The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital accepts donations throughout the year to benefit Driscoll patients. To donate, please call 1-800-DCH-LOVE or 361-694-5011.

Reeflex Ltd. to deliver toys for children at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 21, 2010
WHAT: Reeflex Properties Ltd., a local real estate company owned by Willard Hammonds, have been promoting a toy drive at 12 of their apartment locations. They have been waiving rental application fees for anyone who participates in the toy drive, as well as giving one month's free rent for any current residents who participate. They will be delivering all collected toys to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Last year, the company delivered about 600 toys to the hospital.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m.

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

Injury Prevention Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital Launches "Keep Your Kids Safe....Buckle Up" Ad Campaign

December 21, 2010

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2010

  • Buckle Up Campaign at 10 a.m.

  • Visual Aid: City Bus with ad

  • Driscoll Children's Hospital - Injury Prevention Program

  • 3533 S. Alameda (front lawn)


CORPUS CHRISTI - The Injury Prevention Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital wants to make sure the youngest travelers stay safe during the holidays and all year round. As part of the Keep Your Kids Safe initiative, the Injury Prevention Program is launching a Buckle Up ad campaign on Corpus Christi city buses and on billboards in Laredo and Victoria.

Through a partnership with Kohl's Department Stores, the Injury Prevention Program will be able to increase awareness and promote the important safety message, "Keep Your Kids Safe...Buckle Up."

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 -14 years old. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Many parents are unaware that their child's car seat is not properly installed or realize their child is not fitted correctly into their car seat.

The current Texas law on child passenger safety requires all kids younger than 8 years old unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

"The ad campaign will help remind adults to make sure kids are buckled up in an appropriate child safety seat-on every trip, every time," said Maricruz Cantu, injury prevention coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "We need to give kids the best opportunity of surviving a crash and avoiding serious injuries."

Kohl's commitment to Driscoll Children's Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $150 million through this merchandise program.

Children with special needs to stage Holiday Spectacular at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 09, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - For some patients and their families who have to spend the holidays at Driscoll Children's Hospital, their stay will be made a little brighter on Friday, Dec. 10. That's when the annual Driscoll Children's Hospital Holiday Spectacular takes place, a tradition that began seven years ago to entertain hospitalized patients and their families. Participants in the show include children who receive out-patient therapy at Driscoll, their siblings and guest performers from the community. No child is turned away who wants to be in the show, regardless of their abilities.

"Each year, it is amazing to see our special children give a performance to a standing-room only audience," said Christine Carter, speech-language pathologist at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "It is a heart-warming performance that embodies the spirit of Christmas. Our children, who have physical, emotional, mental and linguistic disabilities, seem not to be too aware of their own limitations, but are excited to work on their roles and to give a performance sure to spread joy for all who come to see!"

In 2004, Driscoll's rehabilitation patients were invited to perform with the Corpus Christi Symphony's holiday show, conducted by Lee Gwozdz. The children were given a standing ovation and since then, the show has been performed each year by the children of the Driscoll Rehabilitation Department for the hospital's inpatients.

Carter said this year, the children will be performing "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "The Magic Toyshop" and excerpts from "The Nutcracker." The show will end with a special nativity scene. Additional performances by the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, under Artistic Director Nancy Sulik, will take place between the children's performance pieces.

  • What: Driscoll Children's Hospital Holiday Spectacular

  • When: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10

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

Driscoll Children's Hospital employee's fundraising efforts earn him high honor from Children's Miracle Network

November 18, 2010
Richard Harris
Richard Harris
CORPUS CHRISTI - Richard Harris, Children's Miracle Network coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been awarded the Stephanie Melemis Excellence in Service Award presented by McLane Company. The award is Children's Miracle Network's highest honor for a hospital employee who assists in fundraising. Marco Guerrero from McLane Company presented Harris with the award Nov. 12 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"When Richard became a program director at Driscoll Children's Hospital in 1993, Children's Miracle Network annual donations to the hospital were $534,000; they have since soared to more than $2.4 million," said Scott Burt, president and chief executive officer of Children's Miracle Network. "It's clear that his passion for children's health is being translated into dollars that are literally saving lives at a Children's Miracle Network hospital."

The Stephanie Melemis Award recognizes an individual at a Children's Miracle Network hospital whose selfless and heartfelt service characterizes the commitment and dedication exemplified by Stephanie Melemis, a former Children's Miracle Network Canadian employee who died of cancer in November 1998.

"We could not be more thrilled with this national recognition bestowed on one of our very own," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Richard Harris has served Driscoll Children's Hospital tirelessly for over 17 years. He could not be more deserving of this honor."

The award was presented during Children's Miracle Network's annual Celebration event, which brings together hospitals and sponsors to share best practices, celebrate achievements, network and meet children from around North America who have been touched by children's hospitals.