Patients & Families
Driscoll to celebrate with and recognize cardiology patients with congenital heart defects
February 05, 2014
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.
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be honored at a celebration commemorating CHD Awareness Week
"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
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.
Katrina Flores, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, and Ezequiel Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member.
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
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
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
Kohl's Department Stores donates more than $42,000 to Driscoll's Keep Your Kids Safe Program
November 18, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - A bicycle rodeo and bicycle helmet giveaway was held at Driscoll Children's Hospital on Nov. 16, 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm. During this event, a check from the Kohl's Cares grant programs was presented to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program.
At the check presentation Nov. 16 were (left to right) Cpl. Charlie Ramirez, Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Queta Almanza, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; Felicia Powell, Driscoll inpatient clinical coordinator; Norma Medina, Driscoll trauma registrar; Tiffany Collie, Driscoll Injury Prevention specialist; and Jason Woodman, Kohl's store manager.
The Kohl's Cares donation is used to fund the Keep Your Kids Safe Program, which provides child passenger safety seats, bicycle helmets and safety education to the Coastal Bend community. Since 2004, Kohl's has donated more than $385,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program.
"Kohl's has provided invaluable assistance in helping Driscoll Children's Hospital get the word out on child injury prevention," said Martha Avery, Driscoll vice president for Development. "So many children's accidents are preventable with the proper education and training. Thanks to support from Kohl's, thousands of car seats have been inspected and thousands of bicycle helmets given away to help keep children safe."
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 $231 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl's has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl's also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
Kohl's Department Stores to donate more than $42,000 to Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program
November 15, 2013
WHAT: Kohl's will present to Driscoll Children's Hospital a check for $42,015 during a bicycle rodeo held to promote bicycle safety and helmet safety. The gift supports Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program, which provides child passenger safety seats to low income families, along with bicycle helmets to children in the community. In the past nine years, Kohl's has donated more than $385,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program through Kohl's Cares®.
WHEN: Bicycle rodeo: 10 a.m.; Check presentation: 11:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Program building parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Driscoll's state-of-the-art MRI suite combines entertainment and technology to help ease patients' anxiety
November 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Under construction since the spring, the newly renovated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite at Driscoll Children's Hospital is now fully operational. The state-of-the-art suite could have come from the Starship Enterprise, with its streamlined architecture, new, larger magnet and features that allow patients to choose sights, sounds and even movies while they undergo an MRI.
Driscoll's newly renovated MRI suite includes a new, larger magnet, an ambient lighting system that can be coordinated with projected images that patients can choose (right), and a TV screen on which they can watch movies.
"Allowing children to control the environment when they may be nervous about a procedure helps them become calmer," said Ernest Chavez, Driscoll director of Radiology Services.
An MRI is a noninvasive, diagnostic procedure that uses a magnet to obtain detailed images of the internal structure of the body. It typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour.
Among the customizable features in the MRI suite is a projection system that displays moving, child-friendly images on a wall. Patients can choose from a variety of themes, including sky, underwater, jungle, South America and Europe. And each theme is paired with a color that illuminates the room via an ambient lighting system. If a child doesn't want a projection theme, they can choose the color of the lighting, or to have alternating colors. The lighting and projection can be programmed on a wall-mounted keypad when the patient arrives in the MRI suite or beforehand on a tablet.
A 32-inch, flat-screen TV in the room also allows patients to watch their favorite movie. They can bring their own DVD or pick one that is available in the suite, such as "Cars," "Ice Age," "Tangled" and "Iron Man." Children hear the movie through headphones. If they opt not to watch a movie, they can listen to music on their own CD or one that is on hand, like Taylor Swift or One Direction.
The renovation also includes a new magnet with a 70-centimeter bore, which is 15 centimeters larger than the previous magnet's. The larger bore size is beneficial in different ways. Patients can more easily see their parents while the MRI is being performed, Driscoll's technical and medical staff have easier access to the patient, it lessens the potential for claustrophobic feelings, and it can accommodate larger patients.
"With this equipment, an MRI can be a pleasant experience rather than one that may be scary to a child," said Driscoll radiologist Allister Arnold, MD. "At the same time, procedures can be done more efficiently."
This year, Driscoll's Radiology Services installed ambient lighting in its X-ray rooms, and it will also be incorporated in the computed tomography and nuclear medicine rooms. The ultrasound rooms will also be outfitted during future remodeling. Funding for the ambient lighting, including that in the MRI suite, came from Driscoll's annual Fiesta de los Niños fundraiser.
Driscoll's Cottage Shop again voted no. 1 consignment store
November 08, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second year running, readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times have voted the Cottage Shop at Driscoll Children's Hospital the no. 1 consignment store in the newspaper's 2013 Best of the Best competition.
The Cottage Shop staff includes (left to right) Jim Tansey, Lydia Blunzter, Karen Easton, Kathy Jenkin, Dot Van Burkleo, Linda Kaatz, Susan Quiroz (manager), Maria Luisa Doyle, Pam Pudelka, Rosemary Fischer, Imelda Garcia and Margaret Meinecke.
The Cottage Shop, operated by the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital, offers gently used and new merchandise at bargain prices, including men's, women's and children's clothing, toys, household items and collectibles. The store's first priority is to provide clothes and necessities to patients and their families who are in need, and 100 percent of the proceeds from sales go back to the hospital.
The Cottage Shop accepts donations of new and gently used items. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (361) 694-5800.