And Many More

Driscoll Children's Hospital is Clara Driscoll's legacy and she would be proud to see how far we've come since 1953. Growing from a 25-bed hospital serving five South Texas counties to a 189-bed hospital with specialty centers in Brownsville, Harlingen, Laredo, McAllen and Victoria serving 31 South Texas counties, we continually aim higher in order to offer the most complex and comprehensive care for the children of South Texas. While we celebrated our beginnings and history during our 60th anniversary, we look forward to the years to come "And Many More."


Driscoll Children's Hospital knows that when a child needs emergency medical services, it's important that care is delivered in the most comforting environment possible. In our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of South Texas families, we're renovating our Emergency Department. We are especially grateful to our many friends and donors that are making this project possible.

This project began in summer 2013 and is scheduled to last approximately 18 months. The result will be an even more child friendly, efficient Emergency Department that is welcoming, calming and caring.

Even more SUPER

The Emergency Department is Driscoll's most visible department and the hospital's "front door." The redesign project will literally change the face of the hospital. Here are some of the new features you'll see when it is complete:

  • Two trauma rooms
  • Twenty private exam rooms
  • Two triage areas with ideal visibility to the waiting area
  • An expanded waiting area
  • An expanded central nursing station
  • A new ambulance vestibule and weather protection canopy
  • An outward extension of the building, allowing for an expanded lobby

Even more TERRIFIC

In 1987, Driscoll became the first hospital in South Texas to offer emergency services specifically for children, and our Emergency Department serves approximately 35,000 children each year. The $12 million project includes renovating 18,500 square feet of existing space for better utilization and patient flow as well as increasing our front lobby by 5,000 square feet.

Emergency Room provides comfort, lifesaving treatment

When children are seriously ill or injured, South Texas families know they can rely on Driscoll Children's Hospital. Sometimes, Driscoll's Emergency Room (ER) is where lifesaving treatment begins. That was the case in August 2011, when Isaac Armstead, then 9 years old, accidentally walked into an airplane propeller that was spinning at full speed. It lacerated his face, exposing his skull, and nearly severed his right arm. Isaac was flown by helicopter from Kingsville to Driscoll's ER.

In the midst of all the activity in the ER, Driscoll staff stayed by Isaac's side and comforted him, his mother, Tiffanie Armstead, said. When asked what kind of music he liked, Isaac began humming a children's Christian song.

"One nurse knew the song and she started singing it," Armstead said. "Others joined in and we were all singing along. Everyone was very comforting in everything they did."

Isaac underwent immediate surgery after being treated in the ER. While his right hand could not be saved, he regained a significant amount of his ability with a new prosthetic hand and physical therapy.

Armstead said she's thankful that Driscoll was so close when her son needed emergency care.

"If Driscoll wasn't there I don't know how far we'd have had to go. We were 45 minutes away to begin with but the helicopter flight only took about 15 minutes. That helped to minimize further harm to Isaac."

Additions coming in 2014 with help of Fiesta

The 22nd annual Fiesta de los Niños took place on February 7, 2014 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will help purchase state-of-the-art 3-D technology for Driscoll's Catheterization Lab and support from the "Light Up the Night" project will help provide a brand new specialized pediatric ambulance.

3-D technology will further enhance Driscoll's hybrid Cath Lab.

3-D imaging technology coming to the Cath Lab

State-of-the-art technology slated for the Catheterization Lab includes a significant upgrade to Driscoll's electrophysiology 3-D mapping system. Among the benefits of the equipment will be decreased radiation and contrast exposure to the patient and new, enhanced imaging and mapping capabilities that will enhance positive outcomes for patients. Driscoll Children's Hospital is the only pediatric cardiology program offering electrophysiology services in South Texas.

In 2014, Driscoll Children's Hospital will utilize a new Specialty Care Transport.

New ambulance will be added to transport fleet

In 2014, Driscoll Children's Hospital will add an ambulance specifically designed for pediatrics to its current fleet of uniquely designed ambulances. Each ambulance is a mobile intensive care unit with the same quality of equipment found in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. These ambulances are also equipped to accommodate the unique needs of children, including child-friendly color schemes and DVD players to provide distraction therapy for the patient while en route to the hospital.

In the last year, Driscoll's Transport team completed more than 1,000 ambulance transports totaling almost 100,000 miles across the state.

Driscoll Children's Valley Dialysis Center to open early 2014

Driscoll's nephrology and transplant team (from left) Stephen Almond, MD, surgical director, Renal Transplant Program; Elizabeth Anyaegbu, MD, pediatric nephrologist; Samhar Al-Akash, MD, medical director, Driscoll Children's Kidney Center and Driscoll's Renal Transplant Program; Amy Becker, MD, pediatric nephrologist; and Salam Gharaybeh, MD, pediatric nephrologist.

For patients and their families who regularly travel to Driscoll Children's Hospital from the Rio Grande Valley for dialysis treatment, their trips are about to become much shorter. In early 2014, Driscoll Children's Valley Dialysis Center will open at 1120 E. Ridge Road in McAllen, inside Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen. With 50 to 60 percent of Driscoll's dialysis patients living in the Rio Grande Valley, the new clinic was planned with their convenience and quality of life in mind.

Driscoll Children's Valley Dialysis Center will be a dedicated, 4,155-square-foot clinic and include four dialysis stations. Board-certified pediatric nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and office staff will provide the same hands-on, personal care of the highest standards that patients have been accustomed to at Driscoll Children's Hospital.