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Renovated playroom is designed to reduce anxiety for Driscoll patients

February 06, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - In an ongoing effort to reduce anxiety for young patients and make their hospital stay more pleasant, Driscoll Children's Hospital recently completed the renovation of a playroom on the fourth floor. Driscoll officials will unveil the playroom tomorrow with representatives from Stripes convenience stores, whose $1 million donation in 2009 made the renovation possible.

An interior designer helped plan the renovation, and the playroom was stocked with children of all ages in mind. New amenities include:

Media center with flat-screen TV & game systems
Computer
Play kitchen
Custom-designed infant/toddler mat
Toys, games, puzzles
Arts & crafts

The playroom also features medical play equipment, including a stretcher, IV pole and hospital bedside table.

"The new playroom creates a non-threatening environment that will decrease patients' anxiety and aid them in coping with hospitalization," said Michelle Goodman, fourth floor director.

The playroom is available to patients and their siblings, she added.

What: Fourth floor playroom unveiling
When: 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, fourth floor playroom, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Kiewit to present a $100,000 gift to Driscoll Children's Hospital

February 05, 2013
WHAT: Representatives from Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. will present a check for $100,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital as a donation for the 21st annual Fiesta de los Niños. The event, to be held Feb. 8 at the American Bank Center, is one of Driscoll's largest annual fundraisers, with proceeds going toward several key specialty areas, including the Rehabilitation Services Department, Radiology Department and Driscoll Health System - Pediatric Cardiology.

"Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. and its employees are proud to support Driscoll Children's Hospital," said Bob Shockney, Kiewit district business manager. "We are committed to work with an organization that has made such a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of Texas families for 60 years."

WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Harper co-authors article that can help in detection of child abuse

February 05, 2013
Harper
Harper
CORPUS CHRISTI - Nancy Harper, MD, medical director of the Child Abuse Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Team at Driscoll Children's Hospital, co-authored an article in the January 2013 issue of the journal Pediatric Emergency Care that could ultimately help save the lives of abused children. Through an analysis of data collected from examinations of more than 2,000 children, Dr. Harper and her co-authors established that certain X-rays of the hands, feet, spine and pelvis can reveal otherwise hidden abusive injuries and, in turn, lead to the prevention of future injuries. It had been suggested previously that some views of the hands, feet, spine and pelvis should be omitted from routine skeletal examinations, called skeletal surveys, because fractures are rarely found.

"We determined that if special views of these areas had been omitted, a significant number of occult, or hidden, abusive fractures would have been missed," Dr. Harper said. "Missing abusive injuries may place a child at risk for further abusive injury and death."

The article by Dr. Harper and her colleagues, titled "Prevalence of Abusive Fractures of the Hands, Feet, Spine, or Pelvis on Skeletal Survey: Perhaps 'Uncommon' Is More Common Than Suggested," can be found at www.pec-online.com. The group's conclusions came after they analyzed data collected from the Examining Siblings To Recognize Abuse (ExSTRA) research network. The data, based on skeletal surveys from 2,049 children, showed that 23 percent of them had at least one previously unknown fracture in the initial skeletal survey. When fractures are found, the survey is referred to as a positive skeletal survey. Of the children with positive skeletal surveys, 10.4 percent had a fracture to the hands, feet, spine or pelvis.

The surveyed children came from a group of nearly 3,000 who were part of a study by the ExSTRA network between January 2010 and April 2011, Dr. Harper said. They were evaluated by 20 child abuse teams in the United States, including the CARE Team at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Dr. Harper served as the principle center investigator at Driscoll and Sonja Eddleman, RN, CFN was the center coordinator.

Dr. Harper hopes her research provides guidance to physicians and radiologists in evaluating children for suspected child abuse.

"The detection of occult, or hidden, abusive fractures will likely prevent additional serious or fatal inflicted injury in children," she said.

Dr. Harper co-authored another article on the subject that will be published Feb. 11 on the web site of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/).

La Fiesta de los Niños Anual del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll Promete Volver a ser un Gran Evento

January 30, 2013
La Fiesta de los Niños Anual del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll Promete Volver a ser un Gran Evento
La Fiesta de los Niños Anual del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll Promete Volver a ser un Gran Evento
CORPUS CHRISTI: Fiesta de los Niños, lo que comenzó como un esfuerzo base pequeña, hace 21 años, se ha convertido en un evento de alto perfil al cual vuelven año tras año muchos Tejanos del Sur. El 8 de Febrero, el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll celebrará la 21 Fiesta de los Niños Anual en la sala de exposiciones del American Bank Center. Incluirá su combinación tradicional de diversión, comida y música - todo con la misión de ofrecer más y mejores servicios a los niños en la comunidad.

"Debido al apoyo de socios de la comunidad como Flint Hills Resources, el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll es capaz de continuar mejorando sus servicios y llevar a cabo la visión de ser líder regional en servicios pediátricos a través de innovación y excelencia en tratamiento de salud, defensa, educación e investigación," dijo Martha St. Romain, Vicepresidenta de Desarrollo del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll.

Dirigido por Flint Hills Resources, patrocinador Titular desde hace mucho tiempo, la Fiesta de los Niños es un evento anual importante en la recaudación de fondos para el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll. Cada año, durante los últimos 21 años y con el apoyo comunitario en la Fiesta, 100 por ciento de los fondos del evento benefician directamente al hospital. Driscoll ha podido desarrollar y mejorar sus servicios y programas para mejor servir a los niños del Sur de Texas. En 2012, con más de 1.400 personas en asistencia, La Fiesta recaudó $600.000 para la renovación y expansión de los servicios de urgencia.

Los ingresos de la Fiesta de los Niños del 2013 van a beneficiar varias áreas especializadas claves a lo largo del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll, incluyendo el Departamento de Servicios de Rehabilitación, con una nueva sala de música terapéutica,; el Departamento de Radiología, con la instalación de un programa interactivo especial, el cual entretiene y distrae a los niños durante los procesos de imagen; y el Sistema de Salud Driscoll - Cardiología Pediátrica, con maquinaria nueva, de tecnología de punta, para eco-cardiogramas pediátricos.

Invitados a la Fiesta de los Niños disfrutarán de subastas, en vivo y por tablero de ofertas, una cena de barbacoa y entretenimiento por el artista de música country Johnny Lee, cantante del éxito de 1980, "Lookin ' For Love". El programa comienza a las 18:30 con un cóctel, subasta y con música en vivo por "Still Crazy".

Para más información o para patrocinar una mesa, llame al Departamento de Desarrollo de Driscoll al (361) 694-6405 o visite www.driscollchildrens.org/giving .

Grocery shopping is therapeutic at Driscoll's new H-E-B Kids' Market

January 29, 2013
'Shoppers' will demonstrate at ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 23
CORPUS CHRISTI - Just over a year after planning began, the H-E-B Kids' Market at Driscoll Children's Hospital will be opened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Rehabilitation Services Department. Officials from Driscoll and H-E-B will be on hand, and children will be cued up to begin shopping in the kid-sized grocery store. The market, with its mini grocery carts, shelves of food, plastic produce and check-out stand, offers many therapeutic possibilities for Driscoll's rehabilitation patients.

"The market helps us create a series of activities that children will encounter in the real world," said Susan Fields, director of Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department. "It will allow them to have fun and learn at the same time. Children learn best when they don't know they're working."

In addition to a grocery store, the H-E-B Kids' Market at Driscoll features a play kitchen with a refrigerator, working sink and washer and dryer.

Several rehabilitative therapies can be employed in the market, Fields said. With Driscoll's physical therapists, children can improve their standing and balancing ability by reaching and picking items from shelves. Pushing a grocery cart can help those who need to work on walking. In the play kitchen, they can choose where to store food. Speech therapists can help children improve language skills by having them name, match, categorize or describe products. And with Driscoll's occupational therapists, children can work on problem-solving by planning a meal, purchasing items, making change and generally improving their fine motor skills. The area is also available to Driscoll's dietitians, who will teach children about nutrition and meal planning.

The idea for the H-E-B Kids' Market materialized in 2011 after a Driscoll employee saw an H-E-Buddy Market in the Children's Museum of Houston. The market, also in children's museums in San Antonio and Brownsville, is designed to engage children in activities that will help them learn and grow. Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department designated an area for pretend play and a donation from H-E-B followed.

The H-E-B Kids' Market at Driscoll is the first time the H-E-Buddy Market concept has been incorporated into a children's hospital for rehabilitative purposes, according to H-E-B.

The H-E-B Kids' Market is available to any child who needs rehabilitation therapy. For more information, call the Rehabilitation Services Department at (361) 694-5678.

What: H-E-B Kids' Market ribbon-cutting
When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Rehabilitation Services Department, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll Health Plan: Improving healthcare with cell phone assistance for members

January 18, 2013
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - For most people, finding a medical care provider and making doctor's appointments is as easy as picking up a cell phone. But for some Medicaid-eligible individuals and families, access to cell phones - and quick communication with healthcare providers - may be difficult or impossible. Driscoll Health Plan (DHP) strives to bridge the communication gap by providing all members assistance in applying for a free cell phone.*

"Communication is essential when it comes to access to good healthcare for the vulnerable population we serve," said Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, chief executive officer of DHP.

As part of the free cell phone* program, qualifying members will also receive the following services at not cost:

250 free voice minutes each month
250 free text messages each month;
A voicemail account;
Call waiting and caller ID;
9-1-1 access.

In addition to these services, DHP provides 250 extra minutes** each month and, for certain members, text messages with general health tips, notices about free events and other helpful information.

"This is a win-win situation for our members who qualify to receive free cell phones," Dr. Peterson said. "DHP continues to develop ways to provide more value to our members."

Cell phones obtained through DHP are made available by Assurance Wireless, a federal Lifeline program that is part of the Universal Service Fund.*

DHP has more than 50,000 members in the Hidalgo Service Delivery Area (SDA), which includes the counties of Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata. It is the only non-profit, provider-sponsored plan in the Hidalgo SDA. For more information about DHP, families can go to www.driscollhealthplan.com or call 855-425-3247. This is the third in a series of four press releases about DHP's value-added services.

* Members must qualify to receive a free cell phone. The cell phone is not a value-added service.
** Restrictions and/or limitations apply on this value-added service.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Fiesta de los Niños promises to be another crowd-pleaser

January 03, 2013
Flint Hills Resources presented a $50,000 check to Driscoll Children's Hospital Jan. 3 for the upcoming Fiesta de los Niños. Pictured from left are Fiesta chairs Allison and Tom Hunt; Martha St. Romain, Driscoll vice president of Development; and Fiesta chairs Phil and Vicki Gaarder. Phil Gaarder is also vice president of South Texas Operations for Flint Hills Resources.
Flint Hills Resources presented a $50,000 check to Driscoll Children's Hospital Jan. 3 for the upcoming Fiesta de los Niños. Pictured from left are Fiesta chairs Allison and Tom Hunt; Martha St. Romain, Driscoll vice president of Development; and Fiesta chairs Phil and Vicki Gaarder. Phil Gaarder is also vice president of South Texas Operations for Flint Hills Resources.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Fiesta de los Niños, which began as a small, grassroots effort 21 years ago, has evolved into a high-profile event that many South Texans return to year after year. On Feb. 8, Driscoll Children's Hospital's 21st annual Fiesta de los Niños will be held at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall. It will include its signature combination of fun, food and music - all with the mission of offering more and enhanced services to children in the community.

"Because of the support from community partners such as Flint Hills Resources, Driscoll Children's Hospital is able to continue to enhance its services and carry on the vision to be the regional leader in children's services through innovation and excellence in healthcare, advocacy, education and research," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Led by long-time title-sponsor Flint Hills Resources, Fiesta de los Niños is a major annual fundraiser for Driscoll Children's Hospital. Each year, 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefit the hospital. For the past 21 years, through community support of Fiesta, Driscoll has been able to develop and improve its services and programs in order to better serve the children of South Texas. In 2012, with more than 1,400 people in attendance, Fiesta raised $600,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department.

Proceeds from the 2013 Fiesta de los Niños will touch several key specialty areas throughout Driscoll Children's Hospital, including the Rehabilitation Services Department, with a new, therapeutic music room; the Radiology Department, with the installation of a special, interactive program that entertains and distracts children during imaging procedures; and Driscoll Health System - Pediatric Cardiology, with new, state-of-the-art, child-specific echocardiogram machines.

Guests at Fiesta de los Niños will enjoy silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music artist Johnny Lee, singer of the 1980 hit, "Lookin' For Love." The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bid-board auctions and live music by Still Crazy.

For more information or table sponsorship, call Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6405 or visit the Fiesta de los Niños page.

What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 21st annual Fiesta de los Niños
When: 6:30 - 11:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8
Where: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi

Event schedule:

6:30 p.m. - Doors open, reception, silent & bid-board auctions open, dancing to Still Crazy
7:00 p.m. - Western barbecue dinner served
8:30 p.m. - Live auction begins, silent auction closes (Bid-board remains open until 10 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, Johnny Lee

Driscoll Children's Hospital to announce details of 21st annual Fiesta de los Niños

January 02, 2013
WHAT: A press conference will be held at Driscoll Children's Hospital at which details of the 21st annual Fiesta de los Niños will be announced. The event, to be held Feb. 8 at the American Bank Center, is one of the hospital's largest annual fundraisers, with proceeds from this year's event going toward several key specialty areas throughout the hospital, including the Rehabilitation Services Department, Radiology Department and Driscoll Health System - Pediatric Cardiology. Fiesta's headline entertainer will also be announced.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 7th floor lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

In pursuit of excellence, Driscoll residents far outpace total pass rate for American Board of Pediatrics certification

December 20, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital is proud to announce that all of its graduating residents who took the latest American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certification exam in general pediatrics passed on their first attempt, continuing a trend that surpasses the total annual pass rate. Certification through the exam, administered once a year in October, has one objective - to promote excellence in medical care for children and adolescents.

"ABP certification provides a standard of excellence by which the public can select pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists," according to the ABP. "Although certification is voluntary, nearly all qualified pediatricians seek this recognition."

The ABP certification pass rate for pediatric residents at Driscoll Children's Hospital for the past three years has been 98 percent, ranking them in the top 5 percent of the more than 200 pediatric residency programs in the country, said William Dirksen, MD, Driscoll chief of staff. In contrast, the total pass rate for candidates taking the ABP general pediatrics exam in 2009, 2010 and 2011 was 79.1 percent, 76.1 percent and 75.7 percent, respectively, according to the ABP.

The ABP certification exam is a one-day test given to physicians who have finished three years of pediatric residency training. Physicians must have a valid, unrestricted, permanent medical license to be eligible to sit for the test. Certification is valid for seven years after which physicians must recertify by taking the ABP's Program for Maintenance of Certification in Pediatrics recertification exam.

Here are some additional facts from the ABP:

The ABP has certified 77,328 diplomates in general pediatrics and 14,707 in pediatric subspecialties.

Among the pediatricians who take the ABP test, 66 percent go into general pediatric practice and 24 percent go into pediatric subspecialties.

An average of 3,007 pediatricians take the ABP exam every year. Of these, American medical graduates accounted for 82.5 percent and international medical graduates accounted for 17.5 percent. Gender-wise, 40 percent were males and 60 percent were females.

The total number of pediatric residents currently in training programs in the United States is 9,731.

The average age at the time of ABP certification for pediatricians is 32 years for American medical graduates and about 36 years for international medical graduates.

The success of Driscoll's residency program can be attributed largely to the hospital's governing board, administration, faculty and staff, all of whom are dedicated to fostering excellent pediatricians.

"I have been blessed to have the necessary support to create an environment where aspiring physicians can be trained to become the best pediatricians in the world," Dr. Dirksen said. "Driscoll faculty has been outstanding in their commitment to the teaching and mentoring of our residents."

La tienda de Driscoll "Cottage Shop" recibió el 1° voto entre las tiendas de consignación

December 20, 2012
El personal de la tienda
El personal de la tienda "Cottage Shop" incluye a (de izquierda a derecha) Dot Van Burkleo, Rosemary Fischer, Mary Jo Slaughter, Lin Orser, Yen Doan, Susan Quiroz (manager), Kathy Jenkin, Kelly Reynolds, Mathilde Schneider, Daniel Gunn y Sue Swanson.
CORPUS CHRISTI - lectores del periódico Caller-Times de Corpus Christi recientemente la tienda votaron la tienda "Cottage Shop" del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll la tienda número 1 de consignación en la competencia "Lo Mejor de lo Mejor" del diario del 2012. Mientras que muchas empresas buscan el reconocimiento de ser lo mejor de lo mejor cada año, el recibo de este título de honor fue una agradable sorpresa para el grupo auxiliar del Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll, el cual opera la tienda "Cottage Shop".

"El personal estaba súper emocionado, orgulloso y sorprendido, dijo Lizette Saenz, directora de los Servicios Voluntarios en Driscoll. "No tenían idea que esto iba a suceder. La tienda "Cottage Shop" ha recorrido un largo camino desde sus inicios como una pequeña habitación en el sótano del hospital a un edificio nuevo con más de 1.300 pies cuadrados."

La tienda "Cottage Shop" ofrece mercancía usada en muy buen estado y nueva a precios de ganga, incluyendo ropa para hombres, mujeres y niños, juguetes, artículos para el hogar y objetos de colección. La prioridad principal de la tienda es proporcionar ropa y necesidades a los pacientes y sus familias que están en necesidad y 100 por ciento de los ingresos de venta van hacia el hospital.

El éxito de la tienda se debe simplemente al trabajo duro de un grupo de voluntarios y personal, dijo Sáenz.

"Dan a la tienda "Cottage Shop" con todo su corazón. La tienda se ve increíble y siempre se encuentra aseada y organizada, gracias al liderazgo de su Gerente, Susan Quiroz.

La tienda "Cottage Shop" acepta donaciones de artículos nuevos y lévemente usados. Horario de atención es de 9am a 5pm de lunes a viernes. Para obtener más información, llame al (361) 694-5800.