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William Allen, M.D., named Chief of Staff at Driscoll

February 02, 2011
William Allen, M.D.
William Allen, M.D.
CORPUS CHRISTI - William Allen, M.D., has been named Chief of Staff at Driscoll Children's Hospital. His responsibilities include working with hospital management concerning the care of all patients, representing the medical staff to the chief executive officer and the board of directors, presiding at all meetings of the medical staff and Medical Executive Committee, recommending medical staff representatives to hospital committees, identifying future medical staff leaders, and more.

In December, Dr. Allen also accepted the position of assistant vice president for Quality and Patient Safety at Driscoll Children's Hospital. He has actively participated in overseeing the results of Driscoll's many efforts to provide quality patient care through his medical staff leadership, and he possesses a passion for constantly improving performance. Dr. Allen is a Certified Physician Executive, board certified in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology, and a professor of pediatrics in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Driscoll anticipates Dr. Allen will continue the strong clinical leadership he has demonstrated for the past 12 years at the hospital, along with his well-established ties to the hospital's physicians, bedside and supervisory hospital staff and executive leadership.

Shooting at Driscoll Children's Hospital under investigation

January 28, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, witnesses reported that an unidentified man discharged a firearm toward an unidentified woman parked in the first floor of the Driscoll Children's Hospital parking garage. The alleged shooter reportedly fled on foot toward Fort Worth Street and into the adjacent neighborhood. The alleged victim immediately drove off campus and remains unidentified at this time. It is unknown whether or not the intended victim was actually injured.

The Corpus Christi Police Department responded immediately along with Driscoll Children's Hospital security staff. They have searched the area and interviewed involved witnesses. The suspect remains at large at this time. He was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, average build, spiked hair, wearing a green shirt and plaid shorts.

CCPD has advised Driscoll to continue normal operations. Driscoll security remains on heightened alert, and an extra security officer has been added for the immediate future. The hospital has recently installed a new security camera recording system throughout the campus, and CCPD is using it in their investigation.

Nolan joins Driscoll as pediatric pulmonologist

January 12, 2011
Paul Nolan, R.N., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.P.
Paul Nolan, R.N., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.P.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Paul K. Nolan, R.N., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.P., has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric pulmonologist. He was previously a pediatric pulmonologist at Amarillo Children's Clinic. Dr. Nolan earned his M.D. at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo and his B.S. in nursing at Texas Woman's University in Denton. He completed his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Nolan received his fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio.


January 06, 2011
Flint Hills Resources presented a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital Jan. 6 during a press conference announcing the 19th annual Fiesta de los Niños.
Flint Hills Resources presented a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital Jan. 6 during a press conference announcing the 19th annual Fiesta de los Niños.
CORPUS CHRISTI - A festive night of fun, food and music is on tap for those attending Driscoll Children's Hospital's 19th Annual Fiesta de los Niños. To be held Friday, Feb.4 at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, the event is a tradition that many people look forward to every year because its aim is to help 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. Last year, more than $570,000 was raised for the renovation and expansion of the Driscoll Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. This year's proceeds will go toward the expansion and redesign of the hospital's Emergency Services Department to enhance overall patient care and provide a state-of-the-art department to care for the children of our community. The proposed expansion will include two trauma rooms, 13 private exam rooms, six private, fast-track rooms, two triage areas with ideal visibility to the waiting room, an expanded central nursing station and a new ambulance vestibule and weather protection canopy.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bidboard auctions and live music by Still Crazy. The live auction is at 8:30 p.m. and includes packages such as a Dallas Cowboys game, lodging at the Victoria House in Ambergris Caye, Belize, a deer hunt, a deep-sea fishing trip, a San Antonio Spurs game and a Napa Valley trip complete with wine tour and tasting. Rounding out the evening will be music by renowned country singer John Conlee.

Event schedule:
6:30 p.m. - Doors open, Reception, Silent & Bidboard auctions open, dancing to Still Crazy
7:00 p.m. - Western barbecue dinner served
8:30 p.m. - Live auction begins, silent auction closes (Bidboard remains open until 10:00 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, John Conlee

H-E-B donates toys for patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen

December 22, 2010
Holding some of the donated toys are (from left) Hector Zamora, H-E-B unit director; Aida Escobar, Driscoll Auxiliary secretary; Zeke Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member; and Albert Cantu, H-E-B store director.
Holding some of the donated toys are (from left) Hector Zamora, H-E-B unit director; Aida Escobar, Driscoll Auxiliary secretary; Zeke Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member; and Albert Cantu, H-E-B store director.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital recently received a large donation of toys from H-E-B Plus! in San Juan to give to patients at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen. The Auxiliary gives these toys to patients during holidays such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Back-To-School, Halloween, birthdays and other times to make them feel at ease during their medical treatment.
The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital accepts donations throughout the year to benefit Driscoll patients. To donate, please call 1-800-DCH-LOVE or 361-694-5011.

Reeflex Ltd. to deliver toys for children at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 21, 2010
WHAT: Reeflex Properties Ltd., a local real estate company owned by Willard Hammonds, have been promoting a toy drive at 12 of their apartment locations. They have been waiving rental application fees for anyone who participates in the toy drive, as well as giving one month's free rent for any current residents who participate. They will be delivering all collected toys to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Last year, the company delivered about 600 toys to the hospital.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda, Main Lobby

Injury Prevention Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital Launches "Keep Your Kids Safe....Buckle Up" Ad Campaign

December 21, 2010

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2010

  • Buckle Up Campaign at 10 a.m.

  • Visual Aid: City Bus with ad

  • Driscoll Children's Hospital - Injury Prevention Program

  • 3533 S. Alameda (front lawn)

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Injury Prevention Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital wants to make sure the youngest travelers stay safe during the holidays and all year round. As part of the Keep Your Kids Safe initiative, the Injury Prevention Program is launching a Buckle Up ad campaign on Corpus Christi city buses and on billboards in Laredo and Victoria.

Through a partnership with Kohl's Department Stores, the Injury Prevention Program will be able to increase awareness and promote the important safety message, "Keep Your Kids Safe...Buckle Up."

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 -14 years old. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Many parents are unaware that their child's car seat is not properly installed or realize their child is not fitted correctly into their car seat.

The current Texas law on child passenger safety requires all kids younger than 8 years old unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

"The ad campaign will help remind adults to make sure kids are buckled up in an appropriate child safety seat-on every trip, every time," said Maricruz Cantu, injury prevention coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "We need to give kids the best opportunity of surviving a crash and avoiding serious injuries."

Kohl's commitment to Driscoll Children's Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $150 million through this merchandise program.

Patients to talk with Santa Claus via radio from their hospital rooms

December 20, 2010
WHAT: Driscoll's 5th Annual "North Pole Network" will be buzzing tomorrow as local HAM radio operators and Driscoll employees connect patients with Santa Claus via radio from their hospital rooms.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.

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

12 Driscoll residents are now board-certified pediatricians

December 20, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - In October, 12 pediatric residents from Driscoll Children's Hospital took and passed the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certification examination. They are now considered competent, knowledgeable, board-certified pediatricians. The residents spent three years training at Driscoll and graduated in June. About 79 percent of first-time takers of the ABP certification examination pass on their first attempt. They are: Dilachew Adebo, M.D.; Elizabeth Anyaegbu, M.D.; Cherish Lorica, M.D.; Kusuma Madaiah, M.D.; Foram Mankodi, M.D.; Leah Mercado, M.D.; Carolina Molleda, M.D.; Ravi Samraj, M.D.; Martel Samuels, M.D.; Elizabeth "Ann" Thyssen, D.O.; Tharak Yarrabolu, M.D.; and Karen Yulo, M.D.

Driscoll hires Susan Evans-Mueller as IT director

December 10, 2010
Susan Evans-Mueller
Susan Evans-Mueller
CORPUS CHRISTI - Susan Evans-Mueller has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as the new Information Technology (IT) director.

Evans-Mueller started her Information Technology & Systems career as a technical consultant and technical trainer. She has more than 12 years of healthcare IT&S leadership experience and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in IT&S and business.

Evans-Mueller grew up in Corpus Christi and has spent the past nine years in Houston with a for-profit healthcare organization. Her background includes IT&S and project management.