A physician-to-physician referral is necessary to admit a pediatric patient to Driscoll Children's Hospital. For more information on referrals, please call the appropriate specialty clinic or call admitting services.

For more information, please call (361) 694-5110

Admitting Department responsibilities include:

  • Preadmission registration
  • Advanced admission booking
  • Financial interviewing
  • Patient admission
  • Coordination of Bed assignment with Nursing House Supervisor
  • Arrangements for patient escorting
  • Processing of insurance forms
  • Referral of private pay families to State Programs, such as Medicaid, Chronically Ill and Disabled Children, or SSI
  • Insurance pre-certification
  • Insurance verification, coding and billing
  • Establish payment plans
  • Communication to patient's referring family physician

Contact Information

Admissions Office
(Admissions/EEG/EKG/Hemoc CC/Sleep Studies/Respiratory Therapy)
(361) 694-5110
7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. - Fri,

Day Surgery
(361) 694-5610 or (361) 694-4364
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

Radiology / Cardiology
(361) 694-5293
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri. or
(361) 694-5240
8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

Supervisor for Admission
Irma Canales (361) 694-5135

Supervisor for Day Surgery/Radiology/Cardiology
Hope Elizarraraz (361) 694-4566
Fax (361) 694-5136

For TTY Deaf Messaging Connect to TTY Interpretation by dialing
(800) 735-2989

Patients & Families


Driscoll Children's Hospital adds eight AEDs to non-clinical areas

February 12, 2015
Driscoll Children's Hospital purchased eight Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which will be placed in non-clinical areas of the hospital courtesy of a generous donation from the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital. The $15,800 donation will help make every hospital visitor - including friends and families of patients...

Once-fragile preemies and their families reconnect with Driscoll staff at NICU Reunion

October 13, 2014
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Hospital's patients to have signing for Christmas book they created

October 13, 2014
Allison Shaffer is a burgeoning young writer, but she already knows the key to being a great author - create stories that come from personal experience. That's what the 17-year-old former Driscoll Children's Hospital patient did when she wrote "Tiny, The Small Christmas Tree," a Christmas book written by Shaffer and illustrated by...

May is National Trauma Awareness Month

May 05, 2014
Remember to always wear your helmet!
CORPUS CHRISTI - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more children ages 5 -14 go to emergency rooms for bicycle related injuries than with any other sport, many are head injuries. It is important to keep your head safe and always wear a helmet when participating in a wheeled sport. Here are some tips from...

Driscoll's kidney transplant recipients come from all over South Texas for annual Reunion

April 28, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Saturday, Driscoll Children's Hospital will celebrate seven years of renal transplants with patients and their families at the annual Transplant Reunion. For nearly 10 years, Driscoll's Kidney Center has offered comprehensive kidney care to the children of South Texas, including transplantation, general nephrology...