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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.

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.

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.

Employee's award comes with a $10,000 check for Driscoll

December 06, 2010
McLane Company to present check at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7

CORPUS CHRISTI - On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the McLane Company will present a check for $10,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital in recognition of the work of Richard Harris, the hospital's Children's Miracle Network coordinator. The check comes in conjunction with the 2010 Stephanie Melemis Excellence in Service Award, which was presented to Harris last month by the McLane Company. The award is Children's Miracle Network's highest honor for a hospital employee who assists in fundraising. The McLane Company is a sponsor and corporate partner of the Children's Miracle Network.

"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. "Richard Harris could not be more deserving of this honor."

St. Romain added that the $10,000 check from the McLane Company will go toward Driscoll's general operating budget to help with the many pressing needs the hospital has each year in providing specialized care to so many children and their families.

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.

"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."

  • What: Check presentation by the McLane Company
  • When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7
  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll residents win awards

August 27, 2010
Two residents at Driscoll Children's Hospital recently won awards for their research projects from the Texas Pediatric Society. They will be officially recognized at the society's annual meeting in San Antonio on November 6th. Karen Yulo, M.D., won first prize for best hypothesis-driven research project, titled "The Relationship Between Residence Near Sources of Petrochemical Pollution and Worsening Respiratory Outcomes in Children of Nueces and San Patricio Counties," and Ranjana Sarma, M.D., won honorable mention for her case presentation in the resident category, titled "Improving Quality of Care: Role of Rapid Response Team and Quick Assessment Unit."

Driscoll Children's Hospital receives the Texas Award for Performance Excellence

June 17, 2010
Donna Quinn (third from left), vice president of Operations and Quality for Driscoll Children's Hospital, holds the Texas Award for Performance Excellence with Steve Woerner (fourth from left), Driscoll president and chief executive officer. Second from right is Bill Denney, president of the Quality Texas Foundation, and the others are members of the foundation.
Donna Quinn (third from left), vice president of Operations and Quality for Driscoll Children's Hospital, holds the Texas Award for Performance Excellence with Steve Woerner (fourth from left), Driscoll president and chief executive officer. Second from right is Bill Denney, president of the Quality Texas Foundation, and the others are members of the foundation.
CORPUS CHRISTI - This month, Driscoll Children's Hospital was presented with the
Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Texas Foundation, making it the only children's hospital in Texas to receive this recognition. The award elevates the hospital to the Progress Level, the third of five levels of achievement.

"Last year Driscoll was recognized at the Commitment Level, which is Level 2," said Dr. Deborah Flores, assistant vice president for Quality and Risk Management for Driscoll Children's Hospital. "This newest recognition indicates that we demonstrated with data in our application that we are making quantifiable progress in the seven categories the award addresses."

The seven categories are Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer and Market Focus, Information and Knowledge Management, Workforce Focus, Process Management and Results. The Texas Award for Performance Excellence recognizes organizations in many areas, including manufacturing, education, healthcare, service providers and non-profits.

The award was presented to Driscoll at the TAPE Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Rockwall on June 6-7th.