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Driscoll pediatric cardiologist recognized as distinguished alumnus at Louisiana Tech University

February 17, 2014
Phillips
Phillips
CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll pediatric cardiologist Brandon Lane Phillips, MD, FAAP, FACC, was recently recognized by The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University as one of 14 of their 2014 Distinguished Alumni. Chosen alumni have distinguished themselves during their careers and in service to the university.

Dr. Phillips joined Driscoll in 2012 and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. In 2010, Dr. Phillips completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His clinical interests include non-invasive imaging, outpatient cardiology and adult congenital cardiology.

Mayoral proclamation will be read at Driscoll Children's Hospital for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness

February 13, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - The week of Feb. 10-14 is recognized in the US as Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week (see www.tchin.org/aware/). In an effort to bring awareness to the community, Driscoll Children's Hospital has arranged for Corpus Christi Mayor Pro Tem Chad Magill to proclaim Feb. 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. The proclamation will be read at Driscoll Children's Hospital in the Auditorium at 3 p.m. during a CHD celebration for hospital staff.

What: Mayoral proclamation for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

When: 3 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital (Auditorium - 1st floor) 3533 S. Alameda Corpus Christi, TX 78411.

Texas Department of Transportation and Driscoll Children's Hospital to inspect child safety seats at Toys R Us

February 06, 2014
WHAT: The Texas Department of Transportation, Driscoll Children's Hospital and the Texas Department of State Health Services Safe Riders Program will host a child safety seat checkup event as part of an ongoing statewide effort to educate families about the importance of properly restraining children in motor vehicles. At the event, parents and caregivers will receive hands-on instruction from certified child passenger safety technicians who will examine each child safety seat for correct use, installation and recalls. There is no cost to participate. An appointment is recommended, but not required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-252-8255.

WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Toys R Us, 1220 Airline Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78412

WHY: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 14 and under. Each year, more than 1,700 children die and another 264,000 are injured as occupants of motor vehicles nationally. In 2010, Texas had 1,910 motor vehicle fatalities on its roadways. Ninety two of those fatalities occurred among children under the age of 14 years. An additional 1,113 hospitalizations were caused by motor vehicle crashes among children in Texas (Texas Department of State Health Services, 2012).

Driscoll to celebrate with and recognize cardiology patients with congenital heart defects

February 05, 2014
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be honored at a celebration commemorating CHD Awareness Week
Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be honored at a celebration commemorating CHD Awareness Week
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Feb. 8, Driscoll Children's Hospital will hold a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Celebration for its pediatric cardiology patients and families at the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum that will include games, activities and refreshments.

"We want to recognize the thousands of people born with heart defects, remember loved ones who've lost their battle with congenital heart defects and honor the dedicated health professionals who work with them," said Laura Esparza, LMSW, social worker at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Patients like Saleen Salinas, 2, will be at the celebration on Saturday. Saleen was born 6 weeks early with several birth defects, including Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), a complex congenital heart defect that involves four different heart defects.

"As soon as they cut her umbilical cord she turned blue," recalled Daniella Bazan, Saleen's mother. "Two hours later when doctors were able to stabilize her, she was airlifted [from Kingsville] to Driscoll."

Bazan was able to join her daughter two days later, when at three days old, Saleen had a Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt placed in her heart. At one and a half years old, she had her first open-heart surgery. Since that first day two years ago, Saleen has been a regular at Driscoll Children's Hospital seeing 11 different specialists.

Multiple doctor's appointments, procedures and hospital stays are the reality for many South Texas children like Saleen, and telling her daughter's story during CHD Week is a way for Bazan to create awareness for the disease.

"Driscoll's party is a way we can celebrate them--the survivors, the warriors--and it's a way to remember the angels as well," Bazan said.

  • What: Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Celebration

  • When: 2:00 p.m. Feb. 8th

  • Where: Corpus Christi Science and History Museum


Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen receives books for patients thanks to Palms Crossing Barnes & Noble

January 28, 2014
Katrina Flores, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, and Ezequiel Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member.
Katrina Flores, community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, and Ezequiel Perez, Driscoll Auxiliary member.
Auxiliary members at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received 27 boxes full of books for patients thanks to the staff at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Palms Crossing. Books are handed out to patients while they wait for their appointment, as special rewards or as holiday gift giveaways throughout the year.

The Auxiliary relies on contributions and donations of gift items from the community to help bring joy to the lives of Rio Grande Valley children. To donate or for volunteer opportunities call the Volunteer Services Department at (800) 324-5683 or (361) 694-5011.

Crossroads Diabetes Expo offers education, information, resources for those affected

January 22, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI - Diabetes is an ongoing and growing cause for concern across South Texas. To help those affected by the disease, Driscoll Health Plan, the Texas Area Health Education Centers and the Victoria Regional Health Alliance have partnered to offer an educational event called the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Crossroads Diabetes Expo will be held at the Del Mar College South Campus.

The Diabetes Expo is open to the public and will put diabetics and their caregivers in touch with area resources and offer free diabetes screenings. Educational sessions with information about lifestyle changes and disease self-management will also be offered. Topics such as carbohydrate counting, medication management, exercise, behavior modification and childhood diabetes will be addressed by professionals in the fields of medicine, nutrition, endocrinology, nursing and diabetes self-care. Healthcare providers and diabetic educators may earn Continuing Medical Education credits by attending the provider seminar.

There is no cost to attend the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. A breakfast snack will be provided before the keynote speaker.

  • What: Crossroads Diabetes Expo

  • When: 8 a.m. - Noon Saturday, Feb. 22

  • Where: Del Mar College South Campus, 3209 S. Staples St.

Akhtar among first to receive certification in Clinical Informatics

December 18, 2013
Akhtar
Akhtar
CORPUS CHRISTI - Noorullah Akhtar, MD, MBI, FAAP, pediatric intensive care physician and medical director of Information Systems at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was recently certified in Clinical Informatics by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Clinical Informatics is one of two new subspecialties recognized by the ABMS, and board certification emphasizes the importance of electronic communication and data storage in 21st century medical care. Dr. Akhtar is among the first group of 400-plus physicians in the United States to earn this certification.

Rehabilitation patients take stage tomorrow for Driscoll's 10th annual Holiday Spectacular

December 11, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - For the 10th year, performers are ready to take the stage for the annual Holiday Spectacular at Driscoll Children's Hospital. This annual tradition, to be held tomorrow in Driscoll's auditorium, brings together the talents of patients from the Rehabilitation Services Department, their families and friends, and guest performers.

Rehearsals for the show began in October with Driscoll's rehabilitation patients, who are invited to participate regardless of their abilities.

"It is so heartwarming to watch children who are faced with challenges every day perform for their families and friends," said Susan Fields, Driscoll director of Rehabilitation Services. "They get to experience the process of putting on a first class performance. And we as parents and caregivers get to celebrate with them. This is really what the holiday season is all about."

The show will include performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," a scene from "The Nutcracker" and a very special Nativity. It will be directed by Driscoll's Christine Carter, a speech-language pathologist and dancer with the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, and Heidi Lathrop, a physical therapist at Driscoll and former dancer. Additional performances by the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet will take place between the children's performances.

What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 10th annual Holiday Spectacular
When: 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Driscoll physician presents case report at meeting in San Francisco

December 03, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - A case report by Driscoll Children's Hospital physicians was presented Oct. 14 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in San Francisco. "Intraoperative Management of a Giant Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (GS/T) in a preterm infant with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHTN) and Consumptive Coagulopathy" was presented as a poster by anesthesiologist Meera Gangadharan, MBBS. Physicians who collaborated with Dr. Gangadharan were anesthesiologists Angelina Bhandari, MD, and A. Jay Koska, MD, and pediatric surgeon Stephen Almond, MD.

"This was a very challenging case with a mortality rate exceeding 50 percent," Dr. Gangadharan said. "It involved excellent teamwork by Driscoll's neonatology, cardiology, anesthesiology and surgery services and resulted in an excellent outcome for the patient."

The ASA is a 50,000-member educational research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

Adebo joins Driscoll as pediatric cardiologist

December 02, 2013
Adebo
Adebo
CORPUS CHRISTI - Dilachew Adebo, MD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Adebo received his medical degree in 1999 from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. He completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He received cardiovascular magnetic resonance training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and obtained level III certification by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Adebo received additional training in pediatric cardiology in Holon, Israel and in London. He performed his residency in pediatrics at Driscoll Children's Hospital and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Adebo is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and he is a member of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.