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New Teen Lounge to offer fun for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital

December 01, 2010
New Teen Lounge to offer fun for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
New Teen Lounge to offer fun for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital has long been equipped with toy rooms where hospital-bound patients can enjoy themselves in between treatments and visits with physicians and nurses. The rooms are geared toward infants, toddlers and young children. But for many years, hospital staff felt there was a need for a place where older patients could entertain themselves. That need will be fulfilled Dec. 3 with the unveiling of the Stripes Child Life Teen Lounge.

"The Teen Lounge will provide a therapeutic space for adolescents while they're in the hospital," said Julie Eledge, child life specialist with the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "This new space will create a comfortable atmosphere for patients 11 years and older with more appropriate activities for their age group."

Located on the 6th floor of the hospital with a beautiful view of Corpus Christi Bay, the Teen Lounge promises to make downtime a fun time for patients. A new, 42-inch TV will allow them to watch movies or play video games with a Wii or Xbox 360. They can surf the Internet on a laptop computer or iPad. There's a foosball table, air hockey table, board games, arts and crafts, books and comfortable sofas. A hand-painted mural of a surfer will cover one wall.

"All of this will help improve the patients' hospital stay by providing a place for them to get away from the medical environment and just focus on doing something fun," Eledge said.

The Stripes Child Life Teen Lounge cost about $30,000 and is made possible by a $1 million donation received from Stripes (of Stripes convenience stores) in May 2009. Joining Driscoll officials at the unveiling will be Sam L. Susser, president and chief executive officer of Susser Holdings Corp. and Steve DeSutter, president and chief executive officer for Stripes.

  • What: Stripes Child Life Teen Lounge unveiling
  • When: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3
  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 6th floor, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll to light its annual Christmas tree as Santa Claus arrives

November 30, 2010
WHAT: Santa Claus will arrive in grand style aboard a fire truck Wednesday as Driscoll lights its annual Christmas tree in front of the hospital. Patients, Driscoll staff and their families will be in attendance as the lights go on, followed by the music of the Ray High School Band. Afterward, Santa will lead the audience into the auditorium where he will take his seat and have pictures taken with the boys and girls. Craft activities and music will be provided for everyone's enjoyment in the auditorium.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m.

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

Martin becomes Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

November 19, 2010
Duane Martin
Duane Martin
CORPUS CHRISTI - Duane Martin, DDS, recently completed his certification examinations and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). The mission of the ABPD is to verify to the public and to the health professions that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed both an advanced educational program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and a voluntary examination process designed to validate the knowledge, application and performance requisite to the delivery of competent care in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Martin has practiced in Corpus Christi since 1982 and in Alice since 1986.

"This is an accomplishment every pediatric dentist strives toward," he said. "It adds additional pride to the specialty of pediatric dentistry."

The ABPD is the only certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association for the specialty of pediatric dentistry.

Driscoll Children's Hospital employee's fundraising efforts earn him high honor from Children's Miracle Network

November 18, 2010
Richard Harris
Richard Harris
CORPUS CHRISTI - Richard Harris, Children's Miracle Network coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been awarded the Stephanie Melemis Excellence in Service Award presented by McLane Company. The award is Children's Miracle Network's highest honor for a hospital employee who assists in fundraising. Marco Guerrero from McLane Company presented Harris with the award Nov. 12 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"When Richard became a program director at Driscoll Children's Hospital in 1993, Children's Miracle Network annual donations to the hospital were $534,000; they have since soared to more than $2.4 million," said Scott Burt, president and chief executive officer of Children's Miracle Network. "It's clear that his passion for children's health is being translated into dollars that are literally saving lives at a Children's Miracle Network hospital."

The Stephanie Melemis Award recognizes an individual at a Children's Miracle Network hospital whose selfless and heartfelt service characterizes the commitment and dedication exemplified by Stephanie Melemis, a former Children's Miracle Network Canadian employee who died of cancer in November 1998.

"We could not be more thrilled with this national recognition bestowed on one of our very own," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Richard Harris has served Driscoll Children's Hospital tirelessly for over 17 years. He could not be more deserving of this honor."

The award was presented during Children's Miracle Network's annual Celebration event, which brings together hospitals and sponsors to share best practices, celebrate achievements, network and meet children from around North America who have been touched by children's hospitals.

Driscoll Children's Health Plan welcomes Don Well, Matthew Evans

November 17, 2010
Matthew Evans & Don Well
Matthew Evans & Don Well
CORPUS CHRISTI - Don Well and Matthew Evans are the newest members of Driscoll Children's Health Plan (DCHP). Well has been hired as the director of provider relations, contracting, credentialing and claims oversight. After spending 23 years in the Air Force and being involved in combat logistics all over the world, Well spent the last 12 years in healthcare management. He has experience with claims, call centers and provider relations with commercial, Medicare and Medicaid payers. He holds a bachelor's degree in business and management and a master's in management.
Matthew Evans has joined DCHP as a compliance and contract manager. Evans started his career in healthcare as a Navy medic with a Marine Corps scout sniper platoon for five years. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, is a certified paralegal, and is one course away from his master's degree in management.

Hernandez earns fellowship in American College of Surgeons

November 17, 2010
Ambrosio Hernandez, III, M.D.
Ambrosio Hernandez, III, M.D.
McALLEN - Ambrosio Hernandez, III, M.D., has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He is a certified pediatric surgeon practicing at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen. The ACS, based in Chicago, is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

Salinas elected regional rep for WIC directors

November 11, 2010
Cindy Salinas
Cindy Salinas
CORPUS CHRISTI - Cindy Salinas, director of the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital, has been elected the state regional representative for the Texas Association of Local WIC Directors, representing Cameron, San Patricio, Hidalgo, Laredo, Victoria and Nueces counties. Salinas will be reporting information to the state such as participation numbers, finances, policy issues for process improvement and many other issues. She was elected by the southwest regional directors and will serve a two-year term.

Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A., designated Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives

November 03, 2010
Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A.
Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A., president and chief executive officer of Driscoll Children's Health Plan, recently became board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (A.C.H.E.). A.C.H.E. is a professional society dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professional, educational and leadership performance, the highest ethical standards and conduct and the advancement of healthcare management excellence.

"I am pleased that I have passed the rigorous process in achieving Fellow status in the A.C.H.E. and look forward to the continuous learning process in healthcare management, especially in light of all the challenges of today," Peterson said.

Driscoll patients trick-or-treat in the hospital during the Pumpkin Parade

October 28, 2010
WHAT: The 10th 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 toys for the children as they parade by. Representatives from Stripes convenience stores and naval aviators from the Pilot for a Day program will also participate for the first time. Additionally, the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi Fire Department will attend with their mascots "Sparky" the dog and "Louie" the fireman.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.

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

Driscoll welcomes Herbert Stern, M.D.

October 27, 2010
Herbert Stern
Herbert Stern
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll Children's Hospital welcomes Herbert Stern, M.D., pediatric cardiologist. He joins Driscoll Children's Heart Center from The Sanger Clinic and Levine Children's Hospital in North Carolina, where he served as director and chief of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Stern earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, completed his residency and internship in pediatrics at the University of Maryland Hospital and his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.