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Cortez becomes executive director of Driscoll's Rio Grande Valley clinics

July 05, 2011
Laura Cortez
Laura Cortez
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Laura Cortez has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as executive director of the hospital's Rio Grande Valley clinics. She will oversee operations at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen, Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville and Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Harlingen.

Cortez brings a wealth of healthcare management experience to Driscoll. She previously served for eight years as director of Women's Health Services for the South Texas Health System.

Cattlemen's RoundUp will appeal to ranchers, visitors alike

June 27, 2011
RIO GRANDE CITY - On Friday, July 8, young 4-H members and the Starr County Extension Office will team up for a great cause. The 24th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital's Rio Grande Valley clinics will begin at 11 a.m. at R.Y. Livestock Sales, Inc., 12 Livestock Rd. in Rio Grande City.

A variety of products and services will be auctioned at the RoundUp that will appeal to ranchers and visitors alike, such as agricultural products, gardening supplies, arts and crafts, hardware supplies and jewelry. Young members of 4-H will offer a variety of homemade baked goods. All of this year's proceeds will be used to support Driscoll's clinics in the Rio Grande Valley, including Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen, Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville and Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Harlingen.

To make a donation and support local 4-H students and their life-saving efforts, you can visit the Driscoll Children's Hospital web site at www.driscollchildrens.org, call Driscoll at (956) 223-0687 or call the Starr County Extension Office at (956) 487-2306 or (956) 534-4911.

  • What: 24th annual Cattlemen's RoundUp

  • When: 11 a.m. Friday, July 8

  • Where: R.Y. Livestock Sales, Inc., 12 Livestock Rd., Rio Grande City

  • Information: (956) 487-2306, (956) 534-4911 or (956) 223-0687

Students collect Easter toys, donate to Driscoll patients

March 15, 2011
Pictured are (back row, from left): Pam Voss, Central Christian School director; Tina Coddington, Central Christian School computer & music teacher; Ellen Carruthers, Driscoll Auxiliary chair; and (front) Julianna Martinez, daughter of Robert R. Elizalde and second grade student at Central Christian School.
Pictured are (back row, from left): Pam Voss, Central Christian School director; Tina Coddington, Central Christian School computer & music teacher; Ellen Carruthers, Driscoll Auxiliary chair; and (front) Julianna Martinez, daughter of Robert R. Elizalde and second grade student at Central Christian School.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received a generous donation of 625 plush toys from Central Christian School to give to patients throughout the Easter holiday. The project was a collective effort of the students, administration and staff members at the school. Under the direction of teacher Tina Coddington, students donated money to a fund drive to help buy stuffed bunnies for Easter. Joining in their efforts were members of Baptist Temple Church in McAllen, who donated many handmade and beautifully crafted puppies, and Robert R. Elizalde, State Farm Insurance agent from Edinburg, who donated over 200 cuddly bears.

To donate to the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital or for information on volunteer opportunities, call Ellen Carruthers at (956) 688-1235 or (956) 289-3170.

With healthcare reimbursement at risk in state budget, Driscoll team will go to Austin, seek support from legislators

March 01, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - For Driscoll Children's Hospital, certain proposed cuts and changes in the state's budget mean reduced services for the children of South Texas. In response, a contingent of physicians and volunteers from Driscoll will travel to Austin to voice their concerns to legislators about healthcare issues. The group will leave the hospital by bus the morning of March 2 for a one-day trip.

There are two main issues that Driscoll wishes to address. The first is a proposed $20 million cut in Medicaid provider payments. Driscoll Children's Hospital is the second-highest-ranking hospital in the state for percentage of Medicaid patient days. The proposed budget would cut the hospital's inpatient and outpatient reimbursement by 10 percent, or approximately $10 million, and cut Driscoll's Upper Payment Limits reimbursement by approximately $10 million. If this is approved, Driscoll's ability to provide specialty services such as cancer treatment, kidney transplants and heart surgery will be diminished.

The other issue concerns a Medicaid managed care expansion, for which Driscoll is requesting support from legislators. This not-for-profit health plan, proposed by the state's Health and Human Services Commission, will enable the hospital to continue its wide range of services without fear of non-Medicaid payment.

The Driscoll team plans to make their case with simple, straightforward facts. This includes:

Driscoll has saved the lives of thousands of South Texas children. In many cases, Driscoll is their only source for medical help.

  • Medicaid is the lifeblood of medical care for many South Texas children.

  • Driscoll serves one of the poorest populations in the United States.

  • Medicaid presently pays approximately 85 percent of Driscoll's costs to treat Medicaid patients.

  • Driscoll is one of only five free-standing children's hospitals in the State of Texas, providing care from Victoria to Laredo and throughout the Rio Grande Valley.


Since 1953, Driscoll Children's Hospital's not-for-profit mission has been to care for the children of South Texas, regardless of their ability to pay.

Young heart patients to celebrate at the Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen

February 09, 2011
WHAT: In observance of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, the Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen is hosting a celebration for its heart patients. Physicians will be on hand to visit with the patients, and the event will feature cake, punch, a painting activity and photographs for keepsake magnets. All patients of the Heart Center are being invited. Spanish speaking staff will be available for interviews.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen, 2nd floor, 1120 E. Ridge Rd.

INFO: (361) 549-8724

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.

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.

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.

Driscoll patients to benefit from Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club donation

October 12, 2010
Pictured, front row, left to right: Aida Escobar, Auxiliary secretary; Esteban Garcia, Kiwanis Club vice president; Jose Espinoza, Kiwanis Club secretary; Mercedita Lomas, Kiwanis Club president; Lile Briones, Auxiliary member; back row, left to right: Ignacio Almaguer, Kiwanis Club member and board president, Food Bank RGV; Manuel Rivera, Jr., Kiwanis Club treasurer; and Elena Garza, Auxiliary member.
Pictured, front row, left to right: Aida Escobar, Auxiliary secretary; Esteban Garcia, Kiwanis Club vice president; Jose Espinoza, Kiwanis Club secretary; Mercedita Lomas, Kiwanis Club president; Lile Briones, Auxiliary member; back row, left to right: Ignacio Almaguer, Kiwanis Club member and board president, Food Bank RGV; Manuel Rivera, Jr., Kiwanis Club treasurer; and Elena Garza, Auxiliary member.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital at Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received a generous donation of $5,000 from the Pharr Sunrise Kiwanis Club. Members of the Kiwanis Club have been dedicated to serving the children of the world and have been loyal supporters of Driscoll's patients throughout South Texas for several years.

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

Allen graduates from Spanish Bilingual Assistant class

July 14, 2010
William Allen, M.D. was one of 15 bilingual staff at Driscoll Children's Hospital to graduate from a 60-hour Spanish Bilingual Assistant (SBA) class on July 14. The class included a comprehensive language screening process and was conducted over six weeks. The SBA program is supported by the National Medical Interpreter Project, which is dedicated to supporting language access for non-English-speaking families. This was the third SBA class offered at Driscoll; the last one was offered in McAllen last year.