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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.

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.

Wealth of information to be offered at 18th Annual Pediatric Conference

January 21, 2011
South Texas pediatricians won't want to miss the 18th Annual Pediatric Conference, to be held July 29-31, 2011 at the Omni Marina Hotel in Corpus Christi. This valuable conference will offer current information on diagnosis and management of pediatric problems encountered in everyday practice, an opportunity for the participant to compare his or her knowledge with the information presented and a better understanding of the new recommendations for common pediatric issues.

The conference will be hosted by a group of highly accredited pediatricians, and speakers from diverse pediatric specialties will provide a wealth of information. The program is designed to provide pediatricians, family practitioners and residents engaged in the direct care of infants, children and adolescents with practical diagnostic and therapeutic information covering a variety of topics. Educational methods will include lecture, case presentation, hands-on, audio-visual and interactive group response system.

Continuing medical education credit is available through the conference. For more information or to register, call 361-694-4117 or send e-mail to maria.campbell@dchstx.org.

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.

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 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.