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National Vaccine Program official to speak at Driscoll Children's Hospital

November 14, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday, Nov. 16, one of the nation's principle spokespersons on vaccines and immunizations will visit Driscoll Children's Hospital for a grand rounds lecture in the auditorium. Bruce Gellin, MD, deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the US Department of Health and Human Services, is the principle technical, strategic and policy advisor to the assistant secretary for health on all aspects of the National Vaccine Program.

His visit is timely considering recent trends in infectious diseases in South Texas, said Jaime Fergie, MD, director of Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

"Dr. Gellin's information will be most interesting to health professionals who want to understand how vaccine recommendations are made and approved and how the multiple components of the national immunization process take place. He will give us insight into the National Vaccine Program from the federal government perspective that is valuable to many physicians in the area."

Having been in his position since 2002, Dr. Gellin communicates medical and scientific information to inform the public, congress and the media in addition to scientific and public health audiences. In 2009, "60 Minutes" featured him in a segment to explain the process of influenza vaccine development and testing and how the H1N1 vaccine's safety was being monitored. Dr. Gellin played a leadership role in the US government's response to the H1N1 pandemic that year. And in 2010, he updated the National Vaccine Plan, the nation's roadmap for a 21st century vaccine and immunization enterprise.

What: Dr. Bruce Gellin grand rounds lecture
When: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Fallwell is Driscoll's new director of Infection Prevention

October 18, 2012
Fallwell
Fallwell
CORPUS CHRISTI - Nancy Fallwell, RN, has been promoted to director of Infection Prevention & Control at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Fallwell was formerly the interim director of Infection Prevention & Control and, prior to that, was a nursing house supervisor at Driscoll. She has served in various nursing roles at Corpus Christi-area hospitals, the first as a nurse technician at Driscoll in 1989. Fallwell holds a master's degree in nursing and healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Hopkins shares facial reconstruction knowledge at conference

October 17, 2012
Hopkins
Hopkins
CORPUS CHRISTI - Kevin S. Hopkins, MD, FACS, Craniofacial/Plastic Surgeon at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was a session moderator and speaker Oct. 5-7 at the 10th Annual International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) 2012 Conference in Quebec City, Canada. The conference focused on scientific studies involving fat and fat-derived stem cells for cutting-edge clinical applications and tissue engineering. Dr. Hopkins presented a clinical paper on his experience using a patient's own fat for reconstructive procedures he has performed on children with congenital craniofacial, cleft lip/palate, burns and traumatic deformities. Dr. Hopkins has been practicing at Driscoll Children's Hospital since 2001.

Huynh brings sports medicine expertise to Driscoll

September 26, 2012
Huynh
Huynh
CORPUS CHRISTI - Phuong Huynh, MD, has joined Children's Physician Services of South Texas at Driscoll Children's Hospital as a sports medicine physician. Dr. Huynh recently completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She has had extensive training in the assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries.

Dr. Huynh will diagnose and treat musculoskeletal sports injuries and offer advice on injury prevention to athletes, coaches, trainers and sports teams. She will work closely with Driscoll's physical therapists and athletic trainer to develop rehabilitation plans and exercise regimes that are specific to each patient and their injury.

Almond named president-elect of Transplantation Society

September 21, 2012
Almond
Almond
CORPUS CHRISTI - Stephen Almond, MD, chief of Pediatric Surgery, Urology and Transplantation at Driscoll Children's Hospital, was recently named president-elect of the Texas Transplantation Society (TTS) at their annual meeting in Galveston. The TTS is a professional association founded in 1987 to facilitate transplantation within the state of Texas. Their mission is to advance transplantation and organ donation through education and advocacy with a unified and authoritative voice.

Sneak Peek Pre-Op Tour Program aims to reduce anxiety for patients, families before surgery

August 22, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - No matter the age of the person, having surgery can be a stressful experience. To help young patients feel more comfortable about an upcoming surgery, Driscoll Children's Hospital has developed the Sneak Peek Pre-Op Tour Program, a proactive approach that will allow children and their families to become familiar with the hospital and ask any questions they may have.

"When children know what to expect, they typically respond better during stressful situations like having surgery," said Michelle Goodman, MSN, RN, director of the 4th floor and Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Also, when their parents and siblings can ask questions and see where they'll be going, this helps reduce anxiety levels all around and makes the hospital experience better."

Sneak Peek Pre-Op tours will be conducted once a week by Sara Robertson, a Child Life specialist who is trained in providing age-appropriate information to children and can answer questions regarding their care and surgery. Procedures could include dental surgeries, tonsillectomies, colonoscopies, spinal cord fusions, urological surgeries and numerous others.

Patients and their families will be taken to the Day Surgery Unit to see the holding room, operating room, Day Surgery waiting area and recovery room. If the patient is scheduled to be admitted for an overnight stay, they may arrange to visit Driscoll's Inpatient Unit as well, Goodman said.

Goodman recommends that parents make a Sneak Peek Pre-Op Tour reservation as soon as they learn their child's date of surgery. Depending on the age of the patient, the tour may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. For children younger than five years old, Goodman suggests that parents schedule the tour as close to the admission date as possible. She added that some tours may be private to meet patients' and families' individual needs.

Parents can schedule a tour by calling (361) 694-5760 or e-mailing preoptour@dchstx.org.

Research by Driscoll residents & physicians gains national, international recognition

June 22, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - An abstract written by Driscoll Children's Hospital resident Sanjeet Panda, MD and co-authored by Driscoll physicians Stephen Almond, MD, Mohammad Emran, MD, Haroon Patel, MD, Juan Prieto, MD and Leon Smith-Harrison, MD has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans Oct. 20-23 and the XVII Ibero-American Society for Pediatric Urology Meeting Sept. 4-8 in Cartagena, Colombia. Research for Dr. Panda's abstract, titled "Surgical Management for the Palpable Undescended Testicle: Scrotal or Inguinal Approach?," was conducted at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Dr. Panda, Driscoll resident Grace Lucas, MD and Dr. Prieto also collaborated on two abstracts, "Scrotal Approach for Definitive Management of Cryptorchidism and Communicating Hydrocele in Children" and "Effects of Urethroplasty Suturing Technique in Primary Tubularized Incised Plate (TIP) Hypospadias Repair," both of which have been accepted for presentation at the 91st annual meeting of the South Central Section- American Urological Association Oct. 24-27 in Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as the XVII Ibero-American Society for Pediatric Urology Meeting in Cartagena.

In addition, Driscoll resident Karen Tuano, MD was named the first place winner in the 2012 Texas Pediatric Society Fellow and Resident Poster Contest for her poster in the Evidence Based Medicine/Quality of Improvement category, titled "Preliminary Study on Control of Asthma in Children 6-11 Years Old Who Visit the Emergency Department at Driscoll Children's Hospital." Residents Monika Bhagat, MD, Mavie Narcise, MD and Shuya Wu, MD were contributors to the project. Also, resident Devasena Iyer, MD received second place for her poster in the same category, titled "WAT-1 vs. SOS: Determination of Iatrogenic Withdrawal in the ICU, a Pilot Study." Driscoll physician Kevin Schooler, MD, PhD served as Dr. Iyer's advisor.

Moreida earns orthopedic specialist certification

June 22, 2012
Moreida
Moreida
CORPUS CHRISTI - Frank Moreida, a physical therapist in Driscoll Children's Hospital's Rehabilitation Services Department, recently passed an examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and became certified as an orthopedic specialist. Moreida, a former high school teacher and athletic coach, is using his expertise to help develop a pediatric sports medicine program at Driscoll to serve young athletes in the Coastal Bend.

Wang joins Driscoll Children's Hospital as neurologist

June 21, 2012
Wang
Wang
CORPUS CHRISTI - Ching Wang, MD, PhD, has joined Driscoll Children's Hospital as a neurologist. He was formerly the director of the Neuromuscular Clinic at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center in California and an associate professor of neurology and pediatrics at Stanford.

Dr. Wang earned his doctorate in neuroscience at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and his medical degree at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He performed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Wang completed a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the Neurological Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, followed by post-doctoral research at the Laboratory of Human Molecular Genetics, Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Wang is certified in neurology with special competence in child neurology by the American Board of Pediatrics, and he is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, American Society of Human Genetics and the Autism Society of America.

Open house to highlight Driscoll's pediatric services in Laredo

May 30, 2012

WHAT: Pediatricians, their office and nursing staffs and the public are invited to an open house to celebrate the newly expanded and relocated Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Laredo. Driscoll officials and physicians will be on hand to provide information on the specialized medical services the hospital brings to patients who may otherwise be underserved in the community.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Laredo, 10710 McPherson, Ste. 202