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Wanted: Volunteers seeking rewarding experiences

April 21, 2011
Driscoll volunteer Gerry Reeves assists a young customer in the hospital's Carousel Gift Shop.
Driscoll volunteer Gerry Reeves assists a young customer in the hospital's Carousel Gift Shop.

Van Burkleo
Dot Van Burkleo had some free time on her hands and wanted to spend it in a worthwhile way. After seeing an ad in the newspaper, she attended a meeting of the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Three and a half years later, Van Burkleo looks forward to her weekly shifts as a volunteer at the hospital.
"Knowing that I have a part in helping the patients and their families to have a better stay while they are hospitalized is the most rewarding part about volunteering at Driscoll," she said. "An added bonus is the fun and fellowship shared by the volunteers."

Driscoll is looking for more volunteers like Van Burkleo. The qualifications are simple and the rewards are great. Candidates should be compassionate, dependable, willing to work a regular shift and have a can-do attitude. An ideal volunteer at Driscoll can communicate well and demonstrate empathy.

"We're looking for people who are able to recognize other people's needs and look for ways to meet those needs as a result of training and your own life experiences," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of four hours weekly for at least six months. There are a multitude of duties that volunteers are needed for, such as providing customer service in the gift shop, assisting visitors at the welcome center, distributing toys to patients, stocking the Half Pint Library, operating a cash register in the Cottage Shop and, with additional training, working directly with children.

Volunteers at Driscoll not only experience the reward of making a difference in the lives of children, they also relish the new challenges and social activities.

"They really enjoy making new and lasting friendships with the hospital staff and their fellow volunteers," Saenz said.

Dot Van Burkleo agrees. She said Driscoll is a wonderful place to spend a few hours each week.
"The patients, employees and other volunteers make it a most satisfying experience."

If you would like to become a valued part of Driscoll's volunteer team, you can obtain an application by calling the Volunteer Services Department at (361) 694-5011, pick one up at the hospital's welcome center or view more information and download an application from the web site by clicking HERE.

Rooms To Go will present check for $20,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital

April 18, 2011
Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll, accepts a check from Gerry Raymond, Rooms To Go vice president of sales for Texas, and Brian Smolik, Rooms To Go store manager.
Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll, accepts a check from Gerry Raymond, Rooms To Go vice president of sales for Texas, and Brian Smolik, Rooms To Go store manager.
WHAT: Rooms To Go will donate a portion of the sales from their grand opening to Driscoll Children's Hospital in the form of a check for $20,000. The store, at 3901 S. Padre Island Drive, had its grand opening on March 26.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19

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

Deadline to apply for Volunteen Program is April 15

March 22, 2011
Being a summer Volunteen at Driscoll is an invaluable experience for teenagers.
Being a summer Volunteen at Driscoll is an invaluable experience for teenagers.
We are getting ready for another exciting Summer Volunteen Program. Teens interested in volunteering this summer must be 14-17 years of age (Volunteens must be 14 years of age as of January 1st of 2011), the application deadline is Friday, April 15, 2011 (this is a firm deadline).

Please see our DCH website for Guidelines.

Applicants will be individually interviewed and selected by a Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteens are required to volunteer a minimum of one 4 hour shift per week for a full 8 weeks. Summer Program begins Monday, June 13th 2011 and ends Friday, August 5, 2011. Summer Volunteen spaces are limited.

To obtain a teen application, you can download it HERE

This is an exciting experience, we hope you will consider the opportunity to come and spend the summer with us! If you have any questions please contact Dorothy Callaway, Volunteer Coordinator or the Volunteer Department Staff at (361) 694-5011.

Driscoll kidney patients go to Spurs game courtesy of generous donors

March 18, 2011
WHAT: Five Driscoll Children's Hospital kidney patients and their parents or guardians will gather and depart for a San Antonio Spurs game as part of a package purchased at this year's Fiesta de los Niños, one of Driscoll's largest annual fundraisers. Steve Johnson of JSJ Services, Inc. purchased the live auction package at Fiesta de los Niños and will be attending the game with the patients. Transportation will be provided by TLC The Limo Company. The Spurs tickets are provided by Julianne Hawn Holt and Peter Holt.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19

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

Students collect Easter toys, donate to Driscoll patients

March 15, 2011
Pictured are (back row, from left): Pam Voss, Central Christian School director; Tina Coddington, Central Christian School computer & music teacher; Ellen Carruthers, Driscoll Auxiliary chair; and (front) Julianna Martinez, daughter of Robert R. Elizalde and second grade student at Central Christian School.
Pictured are (back row, from left): Pam Voss, Central Christian School director; Tina Coddington, Central Christian School computer & music teacher; Ellen Carruthers, Driscoll Auxiliary chair; and (front) Julianna Martinez, daughter of Robert R. Elizalde and second grade student at Central Christian School.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received a generous donation of 625 plush toys from Central Christian School to give to patients throughout the Easter holiday. The project was a collective effort of the students, administration and staff members at the school. Under the direction of teacher Tina Coddington, students donated money to a fund drive to help buy stuffed bunnies for Easter. Joining in their efforts were members of Baptist Temple Church in McAllen, who donated many handmade and beautifully crafted puppies, and Robert R. Elizalde, State Farm Insurance agent from Edinburg, who donated over 200 cuddly bears.

To donate to the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital or for information on volunteer opportunities, call Ellen Carruthers at (956) 688-1235 or (956) 289-3170.

Ribbon cutting ceremony to be held for the brand new Cottage Shop

March 09, 2011
WHAT: A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to mark the opening of the brand new Cottage Shop at Driscoll Children's Hospital. The 1,800-square-foot resale shop offers men's, women's and children's clothing, toys, household items and more. Operated by the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital, its primary purpose is to provide clothing and necessities to patients and their families, but it is open to the public. Proceeds from sales go to Driscoll.

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 11:45 a.m.

WHERE: The Cottage Shop at Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St. (behind the Rehabilitation & Day Surgery building)

Stripes convenience stores to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals March 7 - April 3

March 07, 2011
Beginning March 7, Stripes convenience stores in South Texas will be asking customers to purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon icon to raise funds for Driscoll Children's Hospital, which is a part of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a children's charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals.

The icons are attached with coupon books, providing customers an additional incentive to make the $1 purchase. Stripes convenience stores have also stocked their shelves with Monkey Juice, a new children's drink sold exclusively in Stripes stores. A portion of Monkey Juice sales will raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. A buy-one-get-one free Monkey Juice coupon is included in the $1 coupon book.

Like all Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers, the funds raised from Stripe's four-week campaign will help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year, including Driscoll.

Stripes has been a partner of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since 1997, raising funds for children's hospitals through different fundraising campaigns. Stripes has raised more than $1.15 million during the last four years for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2010, Stripes raised $471,468.

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.