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Driscoll being recognized for its breastfeeding program

February 07, 2011
Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC
Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC
CORPUS CHRISTI - As the lactation program coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital, Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC, oversees all the hospital's services involving breast milk and breastfeeding. An advocate for breastfeeding, Beck is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).

Last month, the ILCA and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners announced the launch of a brand new online resource, the "IBCLC Care Directory," which lists more than 200 hospitals and birthing facilities that have received the "IBCLC Care Award." This recognition, which includes Driscoll Children's Hospital, was given to facilities that have IBCLCs on staff, provide ongoing breastfeeding training for all care providers who see new mothers and babies, and which offer breastfeeding support programs for new families. The IBCLC Care Directory is available at www.ibclccare.org.

"Driscoll Children's Hospital was one of the first recipients of the award," Beck said. "I am proud to work at a hospital that is promoting and supporting breast milk for all the babies in South Texas."

In addition, the ILCA lists Beck in their "Find a Lactation Consultant Directory" online at www.ilca.org. The directory is offered to help mothers quickly and easily find an IBCLC in their community.

19th annual Fiesta de los Niños to be held as scheduled

February 04, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital's 19th Annual Fiesta de los Niños will take place tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. as scheduled. To be held at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, the event is a major annual fundraiser for Driscoll Children's Hospital. This year's proceeds will go toward the expansion and redesign of the hospital's Emergency Services Department.

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 10:00 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, John Conlee

For more information, contact the Driscoll Children's Hospital Development Department at (361) 694-6401.

Abstracts chosen for presentation at scientific meeting

February 03, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - Two abstracts co-authored by former Driscoll Children's Hospital residents, a current resident and faculty members were chosen for presentation at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting April 1-4 in Dallas.

"Hospitalizations for Rotavirus Gastroenteritis Were Reduced After Licensing of a Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine" was co-authored by former residents Carolina Molleda, M.D., Alejandra Ayestaran, M.D., and Emir Campanini, M.D., and Driscoll faculty members Jaime Fergie, M.D. and Kevin Purcell, PharmD, M.D.

"MRSA Screening Cultures and Isolation of Selected Neonates Admitted to a NICU Do Not Decrease MRSA Nosocomial Infections" was co-authored by current resident Claudia Gaviria, M.D., former resident Katherine Yulo, M.D., and Driscoll faculty members Jaime Fergie, M.D. and Kevin Purcell, PharmD, M.D.

19th annual Fiesta de los Niños to take place Friday night

February 03, 2011
WHAT: It's time for the 19th annual Fiesta de los Niños presented by title sponsor Flint Hills Resources! This much-anticipated event will feature silent and live auctions, a barbecue dinner and dancing to live entertainment by renowned music star John Conlee. Proceeds from the event will go toward the renovation and expansion of Driscoll Children's Hospital's Emergency Services Department.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 4, 6:30-11:30 p.m.

WHERE: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall

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.

Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club donates to help Driscoll patients

January 17, 2011
The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club recently donated a check for $5,000 to the Auxiliary at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club recently donated a check for $5,000 to the Auxiliary at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
PHARR - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently accepted a donation of $5,000 from the Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club, a loyal supporter of Driscoll patients of South Texas.

The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club's continuous support and generosity have made a difference in the lives of Driscoll's patients and their families. Donations help the Auxiliary to provide scholarships for qualifying cardiology and oncology patients attending a college or university. They help support the Children's Miracle Network Telethon that benefits Driscoll patients in the Rio Grande Valley with equipment and medication. Donations also help the Medical Plaza maintain libraries and playscapes for patients, purchase gifts for special occasions and much more. The Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club's donation supports the Auxiliary's mission "to offer hope and healing in an environment of hope, compassion and care" for all Driscoll children.

The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital accepts donations throughout the year. To donate, please call (956) 688-1235 or (956) 289-3170.

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.

19TH ANNUAL FIESTA DE LOS NIÑOS TO BENEFIT DRISCOLL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL'S EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

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.