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
Stripes Child Life Carnival is a fun interlude for Driscoll patients
March 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Stripes Child Life Carnival for patients will be held tomorrow by staff with the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. The fifth annual event is designed to make hospitalization a little more pleasant for children by providing a distraction from their illness and an opportunity for socialization, self-expression and normalization.
"The Stripes Child Life Carnival provides an excellent opportunity for our organization to express appreciation to our Child Life staff while providing fun activities for our patients to help ease their mind from stress and illness," said Michelle Goodman, fourth floor and Stripes Child Life Program director at Driscoll.
Activities at the carnival will include a ring toss game, cake walk, fishing game, treasure hunt, magic show, treasure box decorating, Xbox Kinect game and photo booth. Patients will also be able to make their own ice cream sundaes. Employees from Stripes convenience stores will provide a carnival-style prize wheel and store coupons.
The Stripes Child Life Carnival is made possible by a $1 million commitment from Stripes convenience stores in 2009.
What: Stripes Child Life Carnival for Driscoll patients
When: 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Joyal promoted to NICU director at Driscoll
March 04, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Christopher Joyal, RN, BSN, CPN, has been promoted to director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Driscoll Children's Hospital. He previously served as manager of Driscoll's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Joyal has also worked in Driscoll's Transport Services Dept. and, as the PICU educator, he was instrumental in bringing best practice initiatives to the unit. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Mokhashi joins Driscoll as pediatric endocrinologist
March 04, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Moinuddin H. Mokhashi, MD, FAAP, has joined Children's Physician Services of South Texas at Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Mokhashi was previously with Specialty Pediatrics Ltd. in Yuma, Ariz. and the State of Arizona's Children's Rehabilitative Services. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans in 2005 and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology/diabetes at Children's Hospital in New Orleans in 2003. Dr. Mokhashi earned his medical degree in 1999 at Bangalore University in India. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Radiothon will broadcast tomorrow from Driscoll Children's Hospital
February 28, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday, March 1, K-99 (KRYS 99.1 FM) will team up with Driscoll Children's Hospital and McDonald's for the 11th annual Radiothon. The one-day event will be broadcasted live from the Half Pint Library in 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 stories of hope and healing. Over the past decade, K-99 listeners have helped raise more than $450,000 to benefit the patients and services provided at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
For more information or to donate, contact Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6401.
What: 11th annual Radiothon
When: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 1
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Sutton joins Driscoll as pediatric pathologist
February 25, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Lisa M. Sutton, MD has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric pathologist. Dr. Sutton completed a fellowship in pediatric pathology at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She performed her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where she also earned her medical degree. Dr. Sutton is certified in anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
Driscoll Children's Quick Care - McAllen has much to celebrate
February 22, 2013
Clinic opened four years ago, recently saw record number of patients
On Feb. 7, staff at Driscoll Children's Quick Care - McAllen celebrated the clinic's four-year anniversary and December's record number of patients. Pictured, left to right, are (front row): Carla Amezquita, Lori Ayala, Juan Calderon, Rebecca Garza, Yadira Ruiz, Dora Renteria, Martin Madera, Juan Mendiola, Yanira Valdez, Jessica Valenzuela and Anna Cavazos; back row: Martin Villarreal, Joe Vasquez, Greg Torres, Brittany Lopez, Gail Weigel and Yesenia Carter.
McALLEN - Staff at Driscoll Children's Quick Care - McAllen recently celebrated the clinic's four-year anniversary and a record number of patients seen in the month of December. The 2,900-square-foot clinic, located in Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza, opened on Feb. 23, 2009 and offers outpatient, non-emergency medical care for patients from birth to 21 years old.
Rio Grande Valley families appreciate Quick Care's hours of operation - 6 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 2 to 11 p.m. on weekends - because they fill the gap when their children's primary physicians' offices are closed. Quick Care's physicians typically see about 9,500 patients per year, averaging about 790 per month. In December 2012, a record 1,114 patients were seen.
Laura Cortez, executive director of Driscoll's Rio Grande Valley clinics, attributes Quick Care's success to a local staff and Driscoll's legacy of excellent pediatric medical care.
"We're proud to say that our staff and physicians are from the Rio Grande Valley and they understand the needs of the community," she said. "We care for children with all the experience that Driscoll Children's Hospital has to offer."
Non-life-threatening illnesses like coughs, colds, asthma and allergies can be treated at Driscoll Children's Quick Care - McAllen, as well as minor lacerations, fractures and sprains. Laboratory services, X-rays, ultrasounds and computed tomography scans are also performed at the Medical Plaza.
Driscoll Children's Quick Care - McAllen is located at 1120 E. Ridge Rd. and can be reached at 800-525-8687 (toll free) or (956) 688-1350.
Three Driscoll physicians included on Top Doctors list
February 21, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Three Driscoll Children's Hospital physicians have been included on U.S. News & World Report's list of Top Doctors. Samhar Al-Akash, MD, Stephen Almond, MD and Jaime Fergie, MD were nominated by fellow physicians to be on the list (http://health.usnews.com/top-doctors), which is designed to be a reliable resource for patients and referring physicians.
Samhar Al-Akash, MD, Stephen Almond, MD and Jaime Fergie, MD
"First, we want to help consumers find the doctors who can best address their needs," the U.S. News website states. "Second, we want to enlist doctors across the country in sharing their awareness of who among their peers are the most worthy of referral."
Physicians on the Top Doctors list are identified by name, location, hospital affiliation and specialty. Specialties span more than 2,000 diseases, medical issues and procedures.
"I think inclusion on the list is a big positive for Driscoll Children's Hospital as well as myself," said Dr. Almond, a pediatric surgeon who, with Dr. Al-Akash and others, helped launch Driscoll's Kidney Transplant Program in 2007. More than 60 kidney transplants have since been performed at Driscoll.
"It's a reflection of the hospital's administration and governing board because they had the foresight to start the transplant program."
U.S. News determines which physicians qualify as Top Doctors in collaboration with New York City-based Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Physicians are chosen based on nominations from other doctors and reviews by Castle Connolly's physician-led research team. Any physician may nominate one or more peers, but doctors can't nominate themselves. Physicians can't pay U.S. News or Castle Connolly to be selected as Top Doctors. Hospitals or group practices also can't pay to have their doctors selected.
"It's an honor to be included on this list," said Dr. Fergie, Driscoll's director of Infectious Diseases. "I'm grateful to my colleagues who nominated me and to all those who have supported the research program in Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children's Hospital. This encourages me to continue serving the children of South Texas."
Nurses and doctors have forever changed our lives
February 20, 2013
Jailynn was born with a life-threatening heart condition known as pulmonary stenosis. Hours after her birth, she was flown to Driscoll Children's Hospital, where she had her first open-heart surgery at 4 days old. We met the most wonderful nurses and doctors who have forever changed our lives by saving our little miracle! Jailynn has had a total of three open heart surgeries at Driscoll and several heart catheterizations, including a melody valve placement, a fairly new procedure that has helped save her life! We are forever grateful!
Submitted by: Denisse and Juan, Edinburg, TX
I am a survivor of cancer. It can be beat.
February 20, 2013
My name is Katie. I am 29 years old and have been in remission since I was 9. I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old and went through two years of chemotherapy and treatment. I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which if I remember correctly, was the most treatable. We lived about an hour and a half away from Driscoll but I remember the drives to the hospital for the overnight stays for chemotherapy. I absolutely loved my activity director who made the stays so much easier. I got to be on the news and meet Joe Gazin, which was a highlight for me at that age! I don't know really know what else to say except hope and pray. I am a mother now of a 4-year-old beautiful little girl. I am a survivor of cancer. It can be beat.
Submitted by: Katie, Tyler, TX