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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