DCH News

Driscoll to light its annual holiday tree as Santa Claus arrives

December 04, 2012
WHAT: Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck Wednesday as Driscoll Children's Hospital lights its annual holiday tree in front of the hospital. Patients, Driscoll employees and their families will be in attendance for the 19th annual event, which will be preceded by music provided by the W.B. Ray High School Holiday Band.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Phillips is Driscoll's newest cardiologist

December 04, 2012
Phillips
Phillips
CORPUS CHRISTI - Brandon Lane Phillips, MD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a cardiologist. Dr. Phillips was previously with a private practice group in San Antonio. He earned his medical degree in 2004 at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency in pediatrics in 2007 at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. In 2010, Dr. Phillips completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Phillips' clinical interests include non-invasive imaging, outpatient cardiology and adult congenital cardiology. In addition, Dr. Phillips serves on the national board of directors for the Starlight Children's Foundation, an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Pulley joins Driscoll as director of Risk Management & Patient Safety Officer

November 26, 2012
Pulley
Pulley
CORPUS CHRISTI - Cynthia Pulley, RN, CPHRM, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as director of Risk Management and Patient Safety Officer. Pulley brings more than 20 years of quality and risk management experience, most recently as vice president of Quality and Risk Management at a national healthcare organization. She led quality and safety initiatives for a two-campus facility with responsibility for regulatory, compliance, quality, infection control and risk management.

Balbosa joins Driscoll as pediatric otolaryngologist

November 19, 2012
Balbosa
Balbosa
CORPUS CHRISTI - Aiysha Balbosa, DO has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Balbosa completed a fellowship in June in pediatric otolaryngology at Texas Children's Hospital-Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She performed her residency in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich., and she completed an internship in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital in Warren, Mich.

Dr. Balbosa earned her medical degree in 2006 at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and a bachelor's degree in biology in 2001 at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Donantes de órganos y sus familias honrados en ceremonia de Driscoll

November 19, 2012
Dr. Karl Serrao, Intensivista de cuidados críticos, habla a las familias de donantes de órganos en una ceremonia en honor a ellos y sus seres queridos el 10 de Noviembre en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll.
Dr. Karl Serrao, Intensivista de cuidados críticos, habla a las familias de donantes de órganos en una ceremonia en honor a ellos y sus seres queridos el 10 de Noviembre en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll.
CORPUS CHRISTI - las familias de los niños cuyos órganos fueron donados para que otros puedan vivir fueron honradas en una conmovedora ceremonia el 10 de Noviembre en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll. Más de 100 personas, incluyendo familias, líderes de Driscoll, médicos y otros profesionales de la salud, se reunieron en el auditorio para conmemorar las vidas de los donantes.

"Es fundamental reconocer estos niños que se convirtieron en donantes de órganos y sus familias que permitieron este regalo," dijo Karl Serrao, MD, Intensivista de Cuidados Críticos en Driscoll. "Los donantes han dejado un legado duradero e indeleble y nosotros en el Hospital Pediátrico Driscoll queremos celebrar con las familias. Estos donantes de órganos son héroes, ya que están salvando vidas."

A partir del 14 de Noviembre, 10 donantes en el Hospital de niños de Driscoll han salvado las vidas de más de 40 personas, dijo el Dr. Serrao.

Se trata de la segunda ceremonia en honor a donantes de órganos de Driscoll y sus familias. En 2010, se celebró una ceremonia para inaugurar la pared de donantes de órgano del hospital, en la que los nombres de los donantes son inscritos en semillas flotantes. El Dr. Serrao dijo que espera tener una ceremonia de donantes de órganos anualmente y concientizar a la comunidad sobre la importancia de la donación de órganos.

"Queremos motivar a todos a que se sientan inspirados por estos niños y sus familias y se conviertan en donantes inscritos".

El Dr. Serrao agregó, aquellos que deseen convertirse en donantes de órganos pueden registrarse en www.donatelifetexas.org.

Organ donors, their families honored at Driscoll ceremony

November 19, 2012
Dr. Karl Serrao, critical care intensivist, speaks to families of organ donors at a ceremony honoring them and their loved ones Nov. 10 at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Dr. Karl Serrao, critical care intensivist, speaks to families of organ donors at a ceremony honoring them and their loved ones Nov. 10 at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
CORPUS CHRISTI - The families of children whose organs were donated so that others may live were honored at a poignant ceremony Nov. 10 at Driscoll Children's Hospital. More than 100 people, including families, Driscoll leaders, physicians and other healthcare professionals, gathered in the auditorium to commemorate the lives of the donors.

"It is essential to recognize these children who became organ donors and their families who allowed this gift to happen," said Karl Serrao, MD, critical care intensivist at Driscoll. "The donors have left a lasting and indelible legacy and we at Driscoll Children's Hospital want to celebrate with the families. These organ donors are heroes, as they are saving lives."

As of Nov. 14, 10 donors at Driscoll Children's Hospital have saved the lives of more than 40 other people, Dr. Serrao said.

This was Driscoll's second ceremony honoring organ donors and their families. In 2010, a ceremony was held to unveil the hospital's Organ Donor Wall, on which the names of the donors are inscribed on floating dandelion seeds. Dr. Serrao said he hopes to have an organ donor ceremony annually and raise awareness in the community about the importance of organ donation.

"We want to encourage everyone to be inspired by these children and their families to become a registered donor."

Those who wish to become organ donors can register at www.donatelifetexas.org, Dr. Serrao added.

National Vaccine Program official to speak at Driscoll Children's Hospital

November 14, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday, Nov. 16, one of the nation's principle spokespersons on vaccines and immunizations will visit Driscoll Children's Hospital for a grand rounds lecture in the auditorium. Bruce Gellin, MD, deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the US Department of Health and Human Services, is the principle technical, strategic and policy advisor to the assistant secretary for health on all aspects of the National Vaccine Program.

His visit is timely considering recent trends in infectious diseases in South Texas, said Jaime Fergie, MD, director of Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

"Dr. Gellin's information will be most interesting to health professionals who want to understand how vaccine recommendations are made and approved and how the multiple components of the national immunization process take place. He will give us insight into the National Vaccine Program from the federal government perspective that is valuable to many physicians in the area."

Having been in his position since 2002, Dr. Gellin communicates medical and scientific information to inform the public, congress and the media in addition to scientific and public health audiences. In 2009, "60 Minutes" featured him in a segment to explain the process of influenza vaccine development and testing and how the H1N1 vaccine's safety was being monitored. Dr. Gellin played a leadership role in the US government's response to the H1N1 pandemic that year. And in 2010, he updated the National Vaccine Plan, the nation's roadmap for a 21st century vaccine and immunization enterprise.

What: Dr. Bruce Gellin grand rounds lecture
When: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Author of Driscoll Christmas storybook to hold book-reading

November 14, 2012
WHAT: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 2012 Christmas storybook, "The Legend of the Christmas Star," will be read for children and families by its author, Driscoll Auxiliary member Sandy Lindsey, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The book was illustrated by current and former patients of Driscoll Children's Hospital, and proceeds from its sales go toward scholarships for Driscoll patients.
WHEN: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
WHERE: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5129 Blanche Moore Dr.

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Driscoll Children's Hospital, Kohl's Department Stores sponsor the Keep Your Kids Safe Program

November 08, 2012
Kohl's to donate $50,387 to Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program

CORPUS CHRISTI - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2010 shows that about two children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles. The NHTSA also estimates that roughly three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program will conduct a car-seat inspection event on Friday, Nov. 9 at Kohl's Department Store, 5626 Saratoga Blvd. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to check car-seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car-seats and install them properly in their vehicles. A check for $50,387 will be presented to Driscoll by Kohl's at 10:15 a.m.

This year's grant will help support child safety initiatives and outreach programs in the areas of child passenger safety and helmet safety. The donations were collected from Kohl's stores. Since 2004, Kohl's has gifted Driscoll Children's Hospital $343,886 to promote child safety efforts.

"Kohl's has been a great supporter of our child safety initiatives. We are fortunate to have such a great partner," said Maricruz Cantu, Injury Prevention coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Along with the grant which allow us to continue our injury prevention programs, the Kohl's associates volunteer their time and make our community outreach events a success."

Cantu urges parents and caregivers to follow NHTSA's car-seat guidelines and manufacturer instructions, which recommend that children stay in specific restraint types before moving to the next type. For maximum safety, car-seat installations should be inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Children ages 12 and under should always ride in the back seat, Cantu said.

Important guidelines for child seat safety are:

Birth-12 months old: For the best possible protection, children under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car-seat. There are different types of rear-facing car-seats. Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car-seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing children to remain rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1-3 years old: Children should remain in a rear-facing car-seat until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing to age 2 or older. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car-seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car-seat with a harness.

4-7 years old: Children should be kept in a forward-facing car-seat with a harness until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. Once the child outgrows the forward-facing seat, it's time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8-12 years old: Keep children in a booster seat until they're big enough to wear a seatbelt properly. For a seatbelt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

Parents and caregivers should remember:

Select a car-seat based on the child's age and size, choose a seat that fits in the vehicle and use it on every trip, every time.

Always refer to the car-seat manufacturer's instructions. Read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car-seat using the seat belt or LATCH system. Check height and weight limits.

To maximize safety, keep children in the car-seat for as long as possible, providing they fit within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.

Keep children in the back seat at least through age 12.

What: Check presentation and children's car-seat checks
When: Check presentation at 10:15 a.m.; car-seat checks from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Where: Kohl's Department Store, 5626 Saratoga Blvd.

Hospital patients will trick-or-treat during Driscoll's Pumpkin Parade

October 30, 2012
WHAT: The 12th annual Pumpkin Parade is a chance for patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating within the hospital. Driscoll employees will line the route with goodies for the children as they parade by. Representatives from Stripes convenience stores, naval aviators from the Pilot for a Day program and Corpus Christi Hooks mascot Rusty Hook will also participate.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.