DCH News

Cancer patients show their mettle at annual summer camp

July 16, 2012
Driscoll patients (from left) Javier Gonzalez Jr., Nicholas Chapa and Juan Castillo made a four-legged friend at Camp Star Trails.
Driscoll patients (from left) Javier Gonzalez Jr., Nicholas Chapa and Juan Castillo made a four-legged friend at Camp Star Trails.
Every summer, patients ages 5-12 from Driscoll Children's Hospital's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center and their siblings attend Camp Star Trails at Camp for All in Burton, Texas. During this year's week-long adventure, June 17-23, more than 40 campers enjoyed archery, fishing, canoeing, dance parties and other activities, all the while making lasting friendships. Siblings are encouraged to attend the camp because it gives them a chance to cope with their feelings about their brother's or sister's diagnosis and the changes in their family structure and daily routine.

The theme for this year's camp, "Superheroes of Fun," was appropriate for the children who are heroically battling cancer. Some are currently undergoing treatment, while others are off-therapy, and some are being monitored for late effects of their disease or treatment.

The camp shows children that they can do anything, said Cris Johnson, MD, medical director of Driscoll's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center.

"They amaze me! We have a patient who lost his leg due to cancer and he conquered the ropes course fearlessly. This camp gives our patients opportunities to build self-esteem by rediscovering that they can do activities that other children take for granted."


















Cattlemen's RoundUp will appeal to ranchers, visitors alike

July 11, 2012
RIO GRANDE CITY - On Friday, July 13, young 4-H members and the Starr County Extension Office will team up for a great cause. The 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital's Rio Grande Valley clinics will begin at 10 a.m. at R.Y. Livestock Sales, Inc., 12 Livestock Rd. in Rio Grande City.

A variety of products and services will be auctioned at the RoundUp that will appeal to ranchers and visitors alike, such as agricultural products, gardening supplies, arts and crafts, hardware supplies and jewelry. Young members of 4-H will offer a variety of homemade baked goods. All of this year's proceeds will go toward new medical equipment and additional program support for children receiving care at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

To make a donation and support local 4-H students, go to www.driscollchildrens.org and click on "South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp," call Driscoll at (361) 694-6401 or call the Starr County Extension Office at (956) 487-2306 or (956) 534-4911.

What: 25th annual Cattlemen's RoundUp
When: 10 a.m. Friday, July 13
Where: R.Y. Livestock Sales, Inc., 12 Livestock Rd., Rio Grande City
Information: (361) 694-6401, (956) 487-2306 or (956) 534-4911

No snow, but lots of 'Ho, ho, ho!' coming to Driscoll's Brownsville clinic

July 03, 2012
BROWNSVILLE - Santa Claus has again accepted the invitation and will join the Volunteer Auxiliary at Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville July 19 for their sixth annual Christmas in July event. The community is invited to stop by and drop off unwrapped toys that will be given to patients who receive treatment this coming holiday season. Santa himself will be there to receive the toys and refreshments will be offered.

The community has responded so generously over the past five years that the event has become a bona fide tradition in Brownsville.

"It really is amazing to see so many people come out and donate toys every year to help make sure our patients have a special Christmas," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "The sense of caring and community pride is extraordinary."

To donate to the Christmas in July event, stop by Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville on July 19 or call Driscoll's Volunteer Services Department at (361) 694-5011. Checks may be made out to Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Auxiliary.

What: Christmas in July event
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19
Where: Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville, 5500 N. Expressway 77/83
Information: (361) 694-5011

Research by Driscoll residents & physicians gains national, international recognition

June 22, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - An abstract written by Driscoll Children's Hospital resident Sanjeet Panda, MD and co-authored by Driscoll physicians Stephen Almond, MD, Mohammad Emran, MD, Haroon Patel, MD, Juan Prieto, MD and Leon Smith-Harrison, MD has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans Oct. 20-23 and the XVII Ibero-American Society for Pediatric Urology Meeting Sept. 4-8 in Cartagena, Colombia. Research for Dr. Panda's abstract, titled "Surgical Management for the Palpable Undescended Testicle: Scrotal or Inguinal Approach?," was conducted at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Dr. Panda, Driscoll resident Grace Lucas, MD and Dr. Prieto also collaborated on two abstracts, "Scrotal Approach for Definitive Management of Cryptorchidism and Communicating Hydrocele in Children" and "Effects of Urethroplasty Suturing Technique in Primary Tubularized Incised Plate (TIP) Hypospadias Repair," both of which have been accepted for presentation at the 91st annual meeting of the South Central Section- American Urological Association Oct. 24-27 in Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as the XVII Ibero-American Society for Pediatric Urology Meeting in Cartagena.

In addition, Driscoll resident Karen Tuano, MD was named the first place winner in the 2012 Texas Pediatric Society Fellow and Resident Poster Contest for her poster in the Evidence Based Medicine/Quality of Improvement category, titled "Preliminary Study on Control of Asthma in Children 6-11 Years Old Who Visit the Emergency Department at Driscoll Children's Hospital." Residents Monika Bhagat, MD, Mavie Narcise, MD and Shuya Wu, MD were contributors to the project. Also, resident Devasena Iyer, MD received second place for her poster in the same category, titled "WAT-1 vs. SOS: Determination of Iatrogenic Withdrawal in the ICU, a Pilot Study." Driscoll physician Kevin Schooler, MD, PhD served as Dr. Iyer's advisor.

Driscoll cancer patients return Saturday after a week of camping fun

June 22, 2012
WHAT: Cancer patients from Driscoll Children's Hospital will be returning with a week's worth of stories about their experiences at Camp For All in Burton. Rock climbing, swimming, archery, cooking, fishing and kayaking are some of the activities the campers enjoyed during their stay.

WHEN: 1:30-2 p.m. Saturday, June 23

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital Day Surgery & Rehabilitation Building, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Moreida earns orthopedic specialist certification

June 22, 2012
Moreida
Moreida
CORPUS CHRISTI - Frank Moreida, a physical therapist in Driscoll Children's Hospital's Rehabilitation Services Department, recently passed an examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and became certified as an orthopedic specialist. Moreida, a former high school teacher and athletic coach, is using his expertise to help develop a pediatric sports medicine program at Driscoll to serve young athletes in the Coastal Bend.

Wang joins Driscoll Children's Hospital as neurologist

June 21, 2012
Wang
Wang
CORPUS CHRISTI - Ching Wang, MD, PhD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a neurologist. He was formerly the director of the Neuromuscular Clinic at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center in California and an associate professor of neurology and pediatrics at Stanford.

Dr. Wang earned his doctorate in neuroscience at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and his medical degree at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He performed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Wang completed a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the Neurological Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, followed by post-doctoral research at the Laboratory of Human Molecular Genetics, Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Wang is certified in neurology with special competence in child neurology by the American Board of Pediatrics, and he is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, American Society of Human Genetics and the Autism Society of America.

No spurs required at Cattlemen's RoundUp to benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital

June 19, 2012
HALLETTSVILLE - On Tuesday, June 26, young 4-H members in Lavaca County and the Lavaca County Extension Office will team up for a great cause. The 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will begin at noon at the Hallettsville Livestock Commission, 140 S. Auction Ring Rd.

Sponsored by Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, the Cattlemen's RoundUps are grassroots fundraisers held throughout Driscoll's 31-county service area. Local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America chapters, county extension agents and businesses participate by donating goods and services to auction off for the hospital. Visitors will have their pick of homemade baked goods, agricultural and ranching products, arts and crafts and a variety of other items. All of this year's proceeds will go toward new medical equipment and additional program support for children receiving care at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

To make a donation and support local 4-H students, go to www.driscollchildrens.org and click on "South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp," call Driscoll at (361) 694-6401 or call the Lavaca County Extension Office at (361) 798-2221.

What: 25th annual Cattlemen's RoundUp
When: Noon Tuesday, June 26
Where: Hallettsville Livestock Commission, 140 S. Auction Ring Rd.

Annual Cattlemen's RoundUp stampedes into Three Rivers

June 19, 2012
THREE RIVERS - On Monday, June 25, young 4-H members and the Live Oak County Extension Office will team up for a worthwhile cause. The 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will begin at noon at the Live Oak Livestock Auction between Three Rivers and George West on Highway 281.

Sponsored by Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, the Cattlemen's RoundUps are grassroots fundraisers held throughout Driscoll's 31-county service area. Local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America chapters, county extension agents and businesses participate by donating goods and services to auction off for the hospital. Visitors will have their pick of homemade baked goods, agricultural and ranching products, arts and crafts and a variety of other items. All of this year's proceeds will go toward new medical equipment and additional program support for children receiving care at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

To make a donation and support local 4-H students, go to www.driscollchildrens.org and click on "South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp," call Driscoll at (361) 694-6401 or call the Live Oak County Commission Office at (361) 449-1703.

What: 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp
When: Noon Monday, June 25
Where: Live Oak Livestock Auction, 3795 Hwy. 281, Three Rivers

Driscoll volunteer chosen from 1,500 for statewide award

June 13, 2012
Richard 'Dick' Hinman has brought smiles to children for 18 years

CORPUS CHRISTI - When it comes to receiving awards for exceptional service as a volunteer, Richard "Dick" Hinman thinks there's one person who doesn't deserve one: himself. Despite his belief, Hinman, a volunteer at Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been chosen from about 1,500 nominees as the first statewide recipient of the Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award. The award will be presented to him at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Driscoll's cardiology conference room.

"I'm flattered, but we have an awful lot of volunteers here who are more deserving than I am," said Hinman, 81, who has been a member of the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital since 1994.

Hinman was first chosen as the winner of Home Instead's local award and just recently learned that he is the statewide winner. The organization's Salute to Senior Service Award program is designed to recognize retired senior volunteers who make a difference every day in their communities.

"These unsung heroes are making a bigger impact than ever as local budgets evaporate and community needs escalate," said Dr. M. Retta Martin of Home Instead Senior Care in Corpus Christi, who helped select Hinman for the award. "Dick's longevity as a volunteer made him stand out, as did the fact that he almost does it full time. We know that without volunteers, many organizations couldn't do what they do."

Hinman said with a laugh that he may cut back his volunteer hours to 25 or 30 hours a week. In total, he has given more than 29,000 hours of volunteer service at Driscoll - equaling more than 1,600 hours a year.

But the retired petrochemical worker and engineering specialist is having too much fun. He maintains an infectious smile at Driscoll Children's Hospital and is known for cheering up patients with stories, antics and magic tricks.

"I've been told I'm in my second childhood," Hinman said. "But I don't think I ever left my first childhood. I'm just a big kid."

While the services of all of Driscoll's volunteers are equally appreciated and valued, Hinman's rapport with children is something special, said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services.

"Dick is deserving of the Salute to Senior Service Award for so many reasons. He makes the hospital experience pleasant and sometimes even fun for the children he encounters. At the same time, he genuinely cares about the patients and respects them and their families."

With characteristic humility, Hinman said the smile of a child is the only reward he needs for his 18 years of service at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

"When a parent says to me, 'That's the first time my son or daughter has smiled in a long time,' that's a pretty big paycheck."

What: Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award presentation for Richard "Dick" Hinman
When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, cardiology conference room, 2nd floor, 3533 S. Alameda St.