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


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...

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...

April is Child Safety Month

April 01, 2014
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...

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...