DCH News


Driscoll Children's Hospital, Kohl's Department Stores sponsor the Keep Your Kids Safe Program

November 08, 2012
Kohl's to donate $50,387 to Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program

CORPUS CHRISTI - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2010 shows that about two children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles. The NHTSA also estimates that roughly three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly.

Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program will conduct a car-seat inspection event on Friday, Nov. 9 at Kohl's Department Store, 5626 Saratoga Blvd. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to check car-seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car-seats and install them properly in their vehicles. A check for $50,387 will be presented to Driscoll by Kohl's at 10:15 a.m.

This year's grant will help support child safety initiatives and outreach programs in the areas of child passenger safety and helmet safety. The donations were collected from Kohl's stores. Since 2004, Kohl's has gifted Driscoll Children's Hospital $343,886 to promote child safety efforts.

"Kohl's has been a great supporter of our child safety initiatives. We are fortunate to have such a great partner," said Maricruz Cantu, Injury Prevention coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Along with the grant which allow us to continue our injury prevention programs, the Kohl's associates volunteer their time and make our community outreach events a success."

Cantu urges parents and caregivers to follow NHTSA's car-seat guidelines and manufacturer instructions, which recommend that children stay in specific restraint types before moving to the next type. For maximum safety, car-seat installations should be inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Children ages 12 and under should always ride in the back seat, Cantu said.

Important guidelines for child seat safety are:

Birth-12 months old: For the best possible protection, children under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car-seat. There are different types of rear-facing car-seats. Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car-seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing children to remain rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1-3 years old: Children should remain in a rear-facing car-seat until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing to age 2 or older. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car-seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car-seat with a harness.

4-7 years old: Children should be kept in a forward-facing car-seat with a harness until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer. Once the child outgrows the forward-facing seat, it's time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8-12 years old: Keep children in a booster seat until they're big enough to wear a seatbelt properly. For a seatbelt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

Parents and caregivers should remember:

Select a car-seat based on the child's age and size, choose a seat that fits in the vehicle and use it on every trip, every time.

Always refer to the car-seat manufacturer's instructions. Read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car-seat using the seat belt or LATCH system. Check height and weight limits.

To maximize safety, keep children in the car-seat for as long as possible, providing they fit within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.

Keep children in the back seat at least through age 12.

What: Check presentation and children's car-seat checks
When: Check presentation at 10:15 a.m.; car-seat checks from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Where: Kohl's Department Store, 5626 Saratoga Blvd.

Kiwanis Club's apple sale benefiting Driscoll patients is tomorrow

October 26, 2012
WHAT: The 30th annual Six Points Kiwanis Club Apple Sale will be held Saturday at Driscoll Children's Hospital's north parking lot. Cost: $40 per case of apples. Each case contains 88 to 100 Red or Golden Delicious apples. Proceeds benefit Camp for All, a summer camp for patients of Driscoll's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center.
WHEN: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Golfers swing to benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital

October 04, 2012
WHAT: Over 130 golfers of all skill levels will come together for Driscoll Children's Hospital's 17th annual Golf Classic. Proceeds from the event will assist with critical needs at the hospital to continue providing the highest level of pediatric medical care to the children of South Texas.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. registration/practice/lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start
WHERE: Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Rd.

Country stars will entertain at Driscoll's Singer Songwriter Showcase

October 03, 2012
WHAT: Some of country music's biggest songwriters will take the stage tomorrow night at Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Singer Songwriter Showcase at the Corpus Christi Country Club. Artists include singer David Lee Murphy, whose hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd" have become staples on country radio; Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bob DiPiero, who wrote Tim McGraw's 2010 hit "Southern Voice;" and songwriter Scotty Emerick, who has written for artists such as Sawyer Brown, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap and Bryan White. Proceeds from the event benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital. The concert precedes Driscoll's 17th annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Country Club.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
WHERE: Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Rd.

Costco donates more than $12,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital

September 27, 2012
WHAT: Officials from Costco will present a check for $12,094.27 to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Costco employees raised the funds for the Children's Miracle Network through sales of miracle balloons and other fundraising activities. Driscoll Children's Hospital is part of the Children's Miracle Network, a children's charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals. Proceeds will help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves lives.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Costco, 1501 W. Kelly Ave., Pharr

Patients to get red carpet treatment at Celebrity Celebration

September 17, 2012
Annual holiday cards, Christmas storybook they designed go on sale Sept. 19

CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll's annual Hollywood-style Celebrity Celebration will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19 to mark the release of the hospital's 2012 holiday card collection and Christmas storybook. Celebrities at the event will be past and present Driscoll patients who created designs for the items.

"This is one of the largest annual events we have and the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital is proud to put it on," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services. "We look forward to rolling out the red carpet and putting the spotlight on our little stars."

For this annual tradition, Driscoll patients from throughout South Texas drew pictures for nine holiday cards and a Christmas storybook. Community members selected the artwork to be used. Proceeds from sales of the items will go toward the Marcia K. Wilcox scholarship, which has benefited more than 90 Driscoll cancer patients since its inception.

This year's holiday card artists are:

Lucas Berio, 7, of Corpus Christi
Natalia Berio, 13, of Corpus Christi
Samarah Aguilar, 7, of Corpus Christi
Andrew Parada, 5, of Corpus Christi
Uniece Nilo, 13, of Mercedes
Sean Gonzales, 10, of Corpus Christi
Alexis Falcon, 13, of Victoria
Daisy Tijerina, 5, of Corpus Christi
Jacqueline Gonzalez, 8, of Laredo

Storybook artists are:

Leland Gutierrez, 2, of Corpus Christi
Ava Johnson, 8, of Corpus Christi
Sabrina Cruz, 8, of Corpus Christi
Scarlett Hitt, 5, of Corpus Christi
Gregory Rogers, 5, of Corpus Christi
Lucas Berio, 7, of Corpus Christi
Christina Ruiz, 6, of Harlingen
Isamel Vela, 5, of Corpus Christi
Brayden Gibson, 4, of Corpus Christi
Elle Burnfield, 5, of Ingleside

The children's artwork will be unveiled after they enter Driscoll's auditorium on a red carpet amid camera flashes and applause. Then they'll autograph their work for family, friends and fans. Following the celebration, they'll be treated to a limo ride to Gattitown for some food and fun.

The holiday cards and Christmas storybook can be purchased through Driscoll's web site, www.driscollchildrens.org, and at the hospital's Carousel Gift Shop. For more information, call (361) 694-5011 or 1-800-DCH-LOVE.

What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Celebrity Celebration
When: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Darts, foosball, Xbox: Driscoll's Teen Lounge has it all and more

August 24, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - An oasis of entertainment designed specifically for adolescent patients at Driscoll Children's Hospital will be formally unveiled Tuesday. Driscoll officials will be joined by Sam Susser, president and chief executive officer of Susser Holdings Corp., and Steve DeSutter, president and chief executive officer of Stripes convenience stores, whose $1 million donation in 2009 made the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital Teen Lounge possible.

"The Teen Lounge will provide a therapeutic space for adolescents while they're in the hospital," said Michelle Goodman, fourth floor and Stripes Child Life Program director. "Patients who are 11 and older will find it comfortable and full of activities that are appropriate for their age group."

Located on the fourth floor of the hospital with a view of Corpus Christi Bay, the Teen Lounge features a 42-inch, flat screen TV, a media cabinet, movies on DVD and Wii and Xbox 360 video games. Patients can surf the Internet on a laptop computer or iPad. There's a foosball table, air hockey table, dart board, magazines, board games, arts and crafts, books and comfortable sofas.

This is Driscoll's second Teen Lounge. The first, opened on the sixth floor in December 2010, proved to be popular among older patients, Goodman said. A third Teen Lounge will be built on the seventh floor in the future, she added.

What: Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll Children's Hospital Teen Lounge unveiling
When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28
Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 4th floor, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Community pitching in for annual Edinburg RoundUp

August 08, 2012
EDINBURG - On Saturday, Aug. 11, young 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and the Hidalgo County Extension Office will team up for a great cause. The 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will begin at 10 a.m. at the Edinburg Livestock Auction.

A variety of products and services will be auctioned at the RoundUp that will appeal to farmers, ranchers and visitors. All will be provided by 4-H and FFA members and area businesses. All of this year's proceeds will go toward new medical equipment and additional program support for children receiving care at Driscoll Children's Hospital here in the Rio Grande Valley.

To make a donation and support the healthcare needs of local children, go to www.driscollchildrens.org, call Reagan Florence at (956) 223-0687 or call the Hidalgo County Extension Office at (956) 383-1026.

What: 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11
Where: Edinburg Livestock Auction, 3418 N. Closner Blvd.

Annual Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital coming to Cuero

July 31, 2012
CUERO - On Tuesday, August 7, young 4-H members and the DeWitt County Extension Office will team up for a great cause. The 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will begin at 6 p.m. at the Cuero VFW Hall, 934 U.S. Highway 183 N.

A silent auction will be held showcasing a variety of products and services that will appeal to guests, including plants, baked goods, livestock feed and other items from local businesses. Members of 4-H will offer a variety of homemade baked goods. All of this year's proceeds will go toward new medical equipment and additional program support for children receiving care at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

To make a donation and support local 4-H students, visit Driscoll's web site at www.driscollchildrens.org, call Driscoll at (361) 694-6401 or call the DeWitt County Extension Office at (361) 275-0816.
What: 25th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 7
Where: Cuero VFW Hall, 934 U.S. Highway 183 N.

Heart disease is no obstacle for Driscoll patients headed to annual summer camp

July 23, 2012
ROCKPORT - Twenty-five cardiac patients from Driscoll Children's Hospital departed yesterday to attend the sixth annual Camp Hearty at Camp Aranzazu near Rockport. The camp runs through Wednesday. The children will participate in activities such as kayaking, swimming, nature hikes, fishing, a ropes course and more.

"This camp allows the kids to see that they are not alone in facing serious heart disease and mostly just lets them have a great time," said Cathy Camp, cardiology nurse clinician at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Camp said the children have come from all over South Texas, including Victoria, Laredo, Alice, the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi. They have all had at least one open heart surgery for congenital heart defects, and some have had multiple cardiac catheterizations and surgeries for more complex heart diseases.

Camp Hearty is made possible by sponsors such as ExxonMobil, which made this year's largest donation of $5,000.

"We admire the strength of these children as they continue their fight against heart disease," said Clay Powell, senior field superintendent for ExxonMobil South Texas Operations. "We're proud to support Camp Hearty and hope the kids have a fun camp experience this summer just being kids. We wish for them a healthy future."

What: Sixth annual Camp Hearty for Driscoll cardiac patients
When: July 22-25
Where: Camp Aranzazu, near Rockport