DCH News

Twelve Driscoll patients will be treated to Disney on Ice show

April 24, 2013
WHAT: Twelve Driscoll Children's Hospital patients and their parents or guardians will gather at the hospital's lobby tomorrow and depart for the Disney on Ice show at the American Bank Center, courtesy of H&V Equipment Services, Inc., who purchased the trip for $40,000 at this year's Fiesta de los Niños live auction. Transportation will be provided by TLC The Limo Company, and box seats and refreshments are courtesy of American Bank.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Celebrando el pasado, mirando hacia el futuro: Driscoll cumple 60 años Ceremonia incluye dedicación de marcador histórico homenaje a fundador del hospital

April 04, 2013
On April 2, an historical marker was unveiled honoring Driscoll Children's Hospital's founder, Clara Driscoll. Pictured, left to right, are Steve Woerner, Driscoll president & CEO; Anita Eisenhauer, chairwoman of the Nueces County Historical Commission and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - Clara Driscoll Chapter; Karen Thompson, president general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez; and Loyd Neal, chairman of Driscoll's governing board.
On April 2, an historical marker was unveiled honoring Driscoll Children's Hospital's founder, Clara Driscoll. Pictured, left to right, are Steve Woerner, Driscoll president & CEO; Anita Eisenhauer, chairwoman of the Nueces County Historical Commission and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - Clara Driscoll Chapter; Karen Thompson, president general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez; and Loyd Neal, chairman of Driscoll's governing board.
CORPUS CHRISTI - invitados notables y líderes comunitarios se reunieron hoy para conmemorar el 60°ree; Aniversario del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll y presenciar la dedicación de un marcador histórico en homenaje a la fundadora del hospital, Clara Driscoll. La ceremonia, celebrada en el Auditorio de Driscoll, ofreció tanto una reflexión del pasado como una visión del futuro.

Los oradores incluyeron a Steve Woerner, Presidente y CEO de Driscoll, Loyd Neal, Presidente de la Junta Directiva de Driscoll, alcalde de Corpus Christi Nelda Martínez y representantes del Programa de Marcadores Históricos de Texas y las Hijas de la República de Texas (DRT). La ceremonia comenzó con mensajes de bienvenida de parte de Neal y Woerner, seguidos por una ceremonia a la bandera realizada por el equipo campeón estatal de entrenamiento del colegio secundario de Flour Bluff del Cuerpo de entrenamiento de Oficiales Navales de Reserva Junior.

Donna Quinn, Vicepresidente de Operaciones y Calidad de Driscoll, compartió noticias acerca de la renovación y expansión del Departamento de Emergencia de Driscoll (ED). En 1987, Driscoll se convirtió en el primer hospital en el Sur de Texas en ofrecer servicios de emergencia específicamente para pediatría, y el ED actualmente atiende anualmente a unos 35.000 niños. El proyecto de renovación y expansión de $12 millones mejorará significativamente el cuidado general del paciente y resultará en un ED de tecnología de punta.

    Cuando se complete a finales del 2014, incluirá:
  • Dos salas de trauma

  • Veinte salas de examen privadas

  • Dos áreas de Triage con visibilidad ideal hacia la sala de espera

  • Una estación de enfermería central ampliada

  • Un área de espera ampliada

  • Una nueva entrada para ambulancias y toldo para protección del clima.

  • Una extensión hacia el exterior del edificio, permitiendo un lobby más amplio.


Alcalde Martinez habló a la audiencia de la importancia de Driscoll para la comunidad. El Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll es el séptimo mayor empleador en Corpus Christi, y el Sistema de Salud Driscoll emplea aproximadamente a 1.800 personas en el Sur de Texas. También rindió homenaje a los "Payasos que Cuidan", un grupo de más de 30 mujeres que voluntariamente dan su tiempo para entretener a los pacientes, padres y personal del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll. Alcalde Martínez ha sido un miembro del grupo, utilizando el apodo, "Madame Flutterby."

Anita Eisenhauer, miembro de la Comisión histórica del Condado de Nueces y el grupo de DRT de Clara Driscoll, y Karen Thompson, Presidente general de DRT, proporcionaron información acerca del programa de Marcadores Históricos de Texas y el Legado de Clara Driscoll. El marcador histórico dedicado hoy honra a Driscoll como una persona importante y educativa en la historia local.

Un verdadero producto del Sur de Texas, Driscoll nació en 1881 en Santa María de Aransas, Texas en la Bahía Copano. Vivió en el Rancho de su familia, llamado Palo Alto, presentaba la misma destreza con revólver, rifle y lazo. A los 16 años de edad, podía hablar cuatro idiomas: Inglés, español, francés y alemán. En 1904, fue proclamada "La Salvadora del Álamo" después de adquirir la estructura por $75.000 y salvarlo de la destrucción por intereses comerciales.

La filantropía de Driscoll la llevó en búsquedas políticas. Una donadora generosa para el partido demócrata, fue elegida Mujer del Comité Democrático Nacional en 1928, cargo que ocupó hasta 1944. Tras la muerte de su hermano en 1929, Driscoll fue llamado para asumir el control del Imperio Driscoll, que consistió en ganado, petróleo y grandes extensiones de tierra. Antes de su muerte el 17 de Julio de 1945, decidió honrar la memoria de su familia dejando la mayor parte de su enorme herencia para el tratamiento médico de los niños del Sur de Texas. El Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll se convertiría en el primer hospital pediátrico independiente en el Sur de Texas. Fue inaugurado el 22 de Febrero de 1953 y tenía 25 camas. Ahora es un centro de 189 camas que atiende a pacientes de 31 condados y 33.000 millas cuadradas del Sur de Texas.

La ceremonia de hoy culminó con Woerner y Neal inaugurando el marcador histórico que será mostrado permanentemente afuera de Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll frente a la calle Alameda. Este año, el hospital ha celebrado fiestas del 60°ree; aniversario para pacientes y empleados y su página web tiene historias especiales de pacientes, un video de aniversario y una presentación de tiempo histórico (www.driscollchildrens.org ).

Celebrating the past, looking to the future: Driscoll marks 60 years

April 02, 2013
On April 2, an historical marker was unveiled honoring Driscoll Children's Hospital's founder, Clara Driscoll. Pictured, left to right, are Steve Woerner, Driscoll president & CEO; Anita Eisenhauer, chairwoman of the Nueces County Historical Commission and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - Clara Driscoll Chapter; Karen Thompson, president general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez; and Loyd Neal, chairman of Driscoll's governing board.
On April 2, an historical marker was unveiled honoring Driscoll Children's Hospital's founder, Clara Driscoll. Pictured, left to right, are Steve Woerner, Driscoll president & CEO; Anita Eisenhauer, chairwoman of the Nueces County Historical Commission and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - Clara Driscoll Chapter; Karen Thompson, president general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez; and Loyd Neal, chairman of Driscoll's governing board.
Ceremony includes dedication of historical marker honoring hospital's founder
CORPUS CHRISTI - Notable guests and community leaders gathered today to commemorate Driscoll Children's Hospital's 60th anniversary and witness the dedication of an historical marker honoring the hospital's founder, Clara Driscoll. The ceremony, held in Driscoll's auditorium, offered both a reflection on the past and a glimpse of the future.

Speakers included Steve Woerner, Driscoll president and chief executive officer, Loyd Neal, chairman of Driscoll's governing board, Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez and representatives from the Texas Historical Marker Program and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). The ceremony began with messages of welcome from Neal and Woerner, followed by a flag ceremony performed by Flour Bluff High School's state champion Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill team.

Donna Quinn, Driscoll vice president of Operations and Quality, shared news about the renovation and expansion of Driscoll's Emergency Department (ED). In 1987, Driscoll became the first hospital in South Texas to offer emergency services specifically for pediatrics, and the ED currently serves about 35,000 children each year. The $12 million renovation and expansion project will significantly enhance overall patient care and result in a state-of-the-art ED. When it is completed in late 2014, it will include:

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

Mayor Martinez spoke to the audience about Driscoll's importance to the community. Driscoll Children's Hospital is the seventh largest employer in Corpus Christi, and Driscoll Health System employs approximately 1,800 people throughout South Texas. She also paid tribute to the Clowns Who Care, a group of more than 30 women who volunteer their time to entertain patients, parents and staff at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Mayor Martinez has long been a member of the group, using the moniker, "Madame Flutterby."

Anita Eisenhauer, a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission and the DRT's Clara Driscoll Chapter, and Karen Thompson, president general of the DRT, provided information on the
Texas Historical Marker Program and Clara Driscoll's legacy. The historical marker dedicated today honors Driscoll as an important and educational person in local history.

A true product of South Texas, Driscoll was born in 1881 in St. Mary's of Aransas, Texas on Copano
Bay. Growing up on her family's ranch, called Palo Alto, she was equally skilled with a revolver, rifle and lariat. By the time she was 16, she could speak four languages: English, Spanish, French and German. In 1904, she was proclaimed "The Savior of the Alamo" after purchasing the structure for $75,000 and saving it from destruction for commercial interests.

Driscoll's philanthropy led her to political pursuits. A generous giver to the Democratic Party, she was elected National Democratic Committeewoman in 1928, a post she held until 1944. Following the death of her brother in 1929, Driscoll was called upon to take over the Driscoll empire, which consisted of cattle, oil and vast tracts of land. Prior to her death on July 17, 1945, she chose to honor her family's memory by leaving the bulk of her enormous estate to provide for the medical treatment of the children of South Texas. Driscoll Children's Hospital would become the first free-standing pediatric hospital in South Texas. It was dedicated on February 22, 1953 and had 25 beds. It's now a 189-bed facility that serves patients from 31 counties and 33,000 square miles of South Texas.

Today's ceremony culminated with Woerner and Neal unveiling the historical marker that will be permanently displayed outside Driscoll Children's Hospital facing Alameda Street. This year, the hospital has hosted 60th anniversary parties for patients and employees, and its website features special patient stories, an anniversary video and an historical timeline (www.driscollchildrens.org).

Driscoll's 60th anniversary ceremony will include dedication of historical marker

April 01, 2013
WHAT: A ceremony commemorating Driscoll Children's Hospital's 60th anniversary and the dedication of an historical marker honoring its founder will be held tomorrow. Speakers will include Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez and representatives from the Texas Historical Marker Program and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Whataburger join to help Rio Grande Valley children

April 01, 2013
At the Driscoll Children's Gala kick-off press conference March 29, title sponsor Whataburger presented a check for $45,700 to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Pictured, left to right, are: Jesse Flores, Whataburger area manager; David Cantu, Whataburger director of operations; Hugh Dobson, member of the Whataburger founding family; and Reagan Florence, Driscoll director of development, Rio Grande Valley.
At the Driscoll Children's Gala kick-off press conference March 29, title sponsor Whataburger presented a check for $45,700 to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Pictured, left to right, are: Jesse Flores, Whataburger area manager; David Cantu, Whataburger director of operations; Hugh Dobson, member of the Whataburger founding family; and Reagan Florence, Driscoll director of development, Rio Grande Valley.
McALLEN - On a daily basis, physicians and staff from Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi travel to Driscoll's specialty clinics in McAllen, Brownsville and Harlingen to treat patients who may have cancer, need a kidney transplant or are suffering from any number of diseases. A significant number of Driscoll's patients live in the Rio Grande Valley.

To benefit the Rio Grande Valley clinics, Driscoll has joined with Whataburger for the Driscoll Children's Gala, a fundraiser to be held April 26 at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Event Center in Mercedes. The event promises a good time for all, including cocktails, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing to the music of Scott Randolph & The White Lightning Band.

"We are excited to bring this event to the mid-Valley area," said Reagan Florence, Driscoll director of Development in the Rio Grande Valley. "Driscoll Children's Hospital has been helping children in South Texas for 60 years. We hope the community comes out to support the Valley's youth who need the special medical care that Driscoll provides."

On March 29, Whataburger presented Driscoll Children's Hospital with a check for $45,700 as the title sponsor of this year's Gala. Whataburger has been the title sponsor of the Valley fundraiser since its inception in 2004.

"Whataburger is honored for the opportunity to help celebrate Driscoll Children's Hospital's 60th anniversary," said David Cantu, Whataburger director of operations. "The work they do to support the community is life-changing and they have done so many great things for children and their families. We are especially proud of the friendship Whataburger has forged with such an important member of the South Texas family."

Laura Cortez, executive director of Driscoll's Rio Grande Valley clinics, said Driscoll is extremely grateful for Whataburger's sponsorship.

"Whataburger's support, along with the donations of others, will stay in the Valley and enable our children to receive the quality care they deserve right here."

What: Driscoll Children's Gala
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26
Where: Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Event Center, 1000 N. Texas Ave., Mercedes
Information/donations: Reagan Florence, (956) 688-1239 or reagan.florence@dchstx.org


Driscoll Children's Hospital, Whataburger to announce details of upcoming Gala

March 28, 2013
WHAT: Young patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen will be among those gathered for a press conference at which Whataburger will present a check to Driscoll Children's Hospital and details will be announced about the upcoming Driscoll Children's Gala in Mercedes. Whataburger has been the title sponsor of the Rio Grande Valley fundraiser since its inception in 2004. Proceeds from the event will benefit Driscoll's specialty clinics in the Valley and the children who are treated there.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, March 29
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Quick Care - McAllen, 1120 E. Ridge Rd.

Local steakhouse to present check to Driscoll Children's Hospital

March 19, 2013
WHAT: Representatives from Katz 21 Steak & Spirits will present a check for $10,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital. The donation to Driscoll is the first for the business.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll patients going to Spurs game courtesy of generous donors

March 15, 2013
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, owners of JSJ Services, Inc., purchased the package for $41,000 and will be attending the game with the patients. This is the fourth consecutive year the Johnsons have purchased the package.
WHEN: 4:15 p.m. Saturday, March 16
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

I have grown up here over the years

March 14, 2013
I am a Driscoll Children's Hospital employee and have been working there the majority of the last 12 to 13 years. I always heard stories from my mom that I was a patient there when I was a newborn in April 1975. I was born six weeks early at a hospital on Weber Road in Corpus Christi and was about to get discharged when the pediatrician noticed something strange about me and decided to send me to Driscoll. I spent seven days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and three days across the hall preparing to go home, according to my mom. I have a chest-tube scar on my upper left chest to prove it.

I have basically grown up here and have learned a lot of difficult life lessons over the years. A few years back I decided to inquire about my records. After following all of the necessary steps, I was able to look at my records on microfiche. I thumbed through them and was able to read nurses' notes. I discovered that one of the nurses who took care of me was the wife of one of my coaches from junior high and high school. It's a small world. This coach made a huge, positive impact on me at a complicated stage in my life and it was really cool to see that his wife had taken care of me as a newborn.

It is safe to say that Driscoll Children's Hospital is very important to me and I am honored to be an employee. Thank you, Driscoll Children's Hospital, for what you do. It is quite possible that I would not be here today if not for you.

Submitted by: Jeffrey, Corpus Christi, TX

The comfort and support we received at Driscoll Children's Hospital has never left our hearts

March 14, 2013
Not a moment goes by that I don't think about our beautiful Brianne. Brianne was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It was a term that I had never heard. When I found out about her diagnosis and she was taken from my arms a few hours after birth and flown to Driscoll Children's Hospital, I was disoriented and felt like my world had flipped upside down. I wasn't able to fly with her and had to go home, pack for us and drive two hours to a place I hadn't heard of. I reached the hospital expecting the worst: A cold, eerie hospital filled with sadness and discomfort. Instead, I was greeted with concern and respect. It felt so warm and inviting and I felt a sense of relief.

Through Brianne's whole ordeal, we were given the opportunity to bond with our baby, and the care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was remarkable. The chaplain was a true help to us as we leaned on our faith for support, too. The doctors were very well respected and we loved the comfort and care they showed in trying to save our daughter's life. Because of all their efforts and compassion we are truly in appreciation to this wonderful facility and unit.

It's been 13 years since we last saw our beautiful daughter Brianne Nicole but the comfort and support we received at Driscoll Children's Hospital has never left our hearts. This place was the only home she knew and would ever see, and it was a home full of love, caring and compassion. Although we were only there for 10 days, Driscoll made an impact in our lives that we can never fully thank them for. This hospital is truly a blessing for children and their families who need to be in their care. Thank You, Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Submitted by: The family of Brianne Nicole, Weslaco, TX