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Driscoll Children's Hospital was built in 1953 and was born out of the love and compassion of our founder, Clara Driscoll, the granddaughter of a Texas patriot.

About our hospital


Driscoll Children's Hospital was built because Clara Driscoll's will requested that a fund be created to maintain a charitable hospital for indigent children.

Her will also called for the creation of the Robert Driscoll and Julia Driscoll and Robert Driscoll Jr. Foundation. The foundation was to be run by trustees who would be in charge of handling the assets and taking care of the hospital, financially.

With the help of Clara Driscoll's physician, McIver Furman, M.D., the hospital on Alameda opened in 1953 and in 1970 had its status changed from charity only to not for profit, so that it could provide care to all children in South Texas.

The Hospital has grown from a 25-bed facility to one that has a medical staff comprised of pediatric specialists in more than 32 medical and 13 surgical specialties. Working with the Medical Staff is more than 1,800 employees including more than 450 nurses. Every year approximately 6,500 children are admitted for inpatient care, more than 3,500 patients for day surgery, and 132,000 children for outpatient care. Driscoll was the first hospital in South Texas to provide emergency services exclusively for children and today we provide emergency care to approximately 40,000 children a year. Driscoll was also the first hospital in south Texas to perform an organ transplant.

About our founder, Clara Driscoll


Clara Driscoll was an author, a politician, an activist, a cattlewoman and is referred to as the Savior of the Alamo.

Born in 1881, Clara was the granddaughter of Daniel O'Driscoll, a soldier in Sam Houston's army and grew up on Palo Alto Ranch. It was only natural that she would grow up to have a love for Texas and its people. She went to school at Peeble's and Thompson's in New York and she lived in a French convent near Paris, called the Chateau Dieudonne. Before the end of the century, Clara went with her mother and brother on a round-the-world trip.

When she was in her early twenties, Clara heard that the Alamo was going to be demolished in order to build a hotel. Her fierce will and Texan pride led her to organize a fundraising campaign to save the Alamo. As the deadline for payment neared, Clara knew she would not be able to raise the money in time, so she wrote a personal check to cover the rest of they payment. She gave the Alamo back to the State, and they eventually reimbursed her, but Clara would always be known as "The Savior of the Alamo."

In 1904, Clara's book "Girl of La Gloria" was published followed by "In the Shadow of the Alamo." She also wrote a musical, "Mexicalla" that opened in the Schubert brothers' Lyric Theater. In 1928, Clara was elected to the Democratic National Committee where she served for 16 years and became a confidant of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Following her brother's death, she took over managing the land and cattle. Despite suggestions from her advisors to lease the land and sell the cattle, Clara kept the all of the cattle and the land, thus preserving the Driscoll empire. As the Corpus Christi area began to grow, Clara supported the building of the naval base, and she built the Driscoll hotel.

Clara died on July 17, 1945, leaving the family's fortune to a fund that would create Driscoll Children's Hospital. The hospital on Alameda opened in 1953 and in 1970 had its status changed from charity only to not for profit, so that it could provide care to all children in South Texas.

Clara's stubborn will, business sense and leadership skills made her powerful, but it was her compassion, spirit and generosity that made her great. Even today, her gift is an extraordinary blessing for South Texas.

About our logo


The "Y" component of the Driscoll Children's Hospital Logo is a bold, stylized version of the original Driscoll cattle brand. It exemplified the Texas patriotism ingrained in our institution through our founder, Clara Driscoll.

The circle signifies dedicated continuity of care. In combination, the two form the image of a child with outstretched arms seeking help and recovery through faith and hope... the spiritually uplifting emotions so vital in the healing process.

The dimensional image of a child's building blocks symbolizes the unified comprehensive care offered by our staff of dedicated health care professions who assist physicians in the building of healthy futures for the children and adolescents served by Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Contact Information


Driscoll Children's Hospital
3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

(361) 694-5000
(800) DCH-LOVE or (800) 324-5683


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Clara Driscoll was a patriot, a cattlewoman and a philanthropist. Driscoll Children's Hospital is Clara Driscoll's gift to South Texas.
Driscoll Children's Hospital began with 25 beds and reached a full capacity of 110 beds within a year.
In 1953, Driscoll served children from five South Texas counties, today it serves 31.
Clara Driscoll
In the Beginning
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Driscoll patients to be treated to Child Life Month celebration

March 10, 2014
March is Child Life Month
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital will celebrate Child Life Month with a superhero-themed party for in-house patients tomorrow. The sixth annual event is designed to make hospitalization a little more pleasant for children by providing a distraction from their illness and an opportunity...
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12th annual Radiothon will broadcast live from Driscoll Children's Hospital

March 05, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday, March 7, K-99 (KRYS 99.1 FM) will team up with Driscoll Children's Hospital for the 12th annual Radiothon. The one-day event will be broadcasted live from the main lobby at Driscoll Children's Hospital beginning at 6 a.m. Listeners can tune in to hear patients, parents, physicians and staff share inspirational...
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