Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Fiesta de los Niños celebrates 20 years of making miracles happen for South Texas children
January 05, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI - Fiesta de los Niños, which began as a small, grassroots effort two decades ago, has evolved into a high-profile event that many South Texans return to year after year. On Feb. 3, Driscoll Children's Hospital's 20th annual Fiesta de los Niños will be held at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall. It will include its signature combination of fun, food and music, and its mission remains the same as it did 20 years ago - to enable Driscoll to offer more and enhanced services to children in the community.
On Jan. 5, Flint Hills Resources donated a check for $50,000 toward Driscoll Children's Hospital's 20th annual Fiesta de los Niños. Pictured, left to right, are: Manette Scanio, president of Driscoll's Development Foundation; Edgar L. Cortes, MD, medical director of Driscoll's Emergency Department; Donna Quinn, Driscoll vice president of Operations & Quality; Rich Tuttle, director of External Affairs for Flint Hills Resources; and Phil Gaarder, vice president and refining manager, Flint Hills Resources-Corpus Christi Complex.
"Because of the support from community partners such as Flint Hills Resources, Driscoll Children's Hospital is able to continue to enhance its services and carry on the vision to be the regional leader in children's services through innovation and excellence in healthcare, advocacy, education and research," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Led by long-time title-sponsor Flint Hills Resources, Fiesta de los Niños is a major annual fundraiser for Driscoll Children's Hospital. Each year, 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefit the hospital. For the past 19 years, through community support of Fiesta, Driscoll has been able to develop and improve its services and programs in order to better serve the children of South Texas. In 2011, with more than 1,200 people in attendance, Fiesta raised $575,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department (ED).
Proceeds from this year's event will again go toward the ED project in order to enhance overall patient care and provide a state-of-the-art department. The proposed expansion will include two trauma rooms, 20 private exam rooms, six private, fast-track rooms, two triage areas with ideal visibility to the waiting room, an expanded central nursing station and a new ambulance vestibule and weather protection canopy. In 1987, Driscoll became the first hospital in South Texas to offer emergency services specifically for pediatrics, and the ED currently serves almost 40,000 children each year.
Guests at Fiesta de los Niños will enjoy silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music artist Tracy Lawrence. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bid-board auctions and live music by Still Crazy.
For more information or table sponsorship, call Driscoll's Development Department at (361) 694-6405 or visit www.driscollchildrens.org/giving.
- What: Driscoll Children's Hospital's 20th annual Fiesta de los Niños
- When: 6:30 - 11:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3
- Where: American Bank Center Exhibit Hall
- Information: (361) 694-6405
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 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. - Featured entertainer, Tracy Lawrence
Press conference to include check presentation, details on Driscoll's 20th annual Fiesta de los Niños
January 04, 2012
WHAT: A press conference will be held at which officials from Flint Hills Resources will present a check for $50,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital for the renovation and expansion of the hospital's Emergency Department, and details will be announced about the 20th annual Fiesta de los Niños, to be held Feb. 3 at the American Bank Center. Proceeds from Fiesta de los Niños will also go toward the Emergency Department project.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 4th Floor Playroom, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Driscoll collects more than four tons of food during food drive
December 05, 2011
This year, Driscoll Children's Hospital's employees came together in a big way to collect nearly 4.4 tons of food for donation to KIII-TV. On Dec. 1, numerous departments delivered packages of food and beverages they collected to a U-Haul truck outside the hospital. With the coordination of the Patient Relations Department and the Fun Bunch Committee, all items were weighed and recorded. Then, employees rolled up their sleeves and loaded the truck. The food was delivered to KIII the next day.
Employees from many departments helped load a U-Haul truck for Driscoll's annual food drive.
Patient Relations recorded which departments collected the most food according their size:
- Small department: Driscoll Children's Urgent Care - Corpus Christi, 263.80 lbs.
- Medium department: 6th Tower, 440.22 lbs.
- Large department: Information Systems, 958.10 lbs.
To make the food collection a little fun, a contest was held for which department created the most original food containers. The winners were:
- First place: Transport Team, for a mini-Driscoll ambulance.
- Second place: Environmental Services, for elaborately decorated Smurf-themed boxes.
- Third place: 4th Tower, for a snowman-decorated barrel.
"All of the participants showed their dedication to making Driscoll the very best it can be," said Evelyn Ferrer, director of Patient Relations. "Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to everyone for SHARING YOUR CHRISTMAS!"
New members of Driscoll's Clowns Who Care to be introduced
November 15, 2011
WHAT: For almost 15 years, the Clowns Who Care have been part of the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital, clowning around and bringing smiles to patients, parents and staff. Tomorrow, the group will introduce seven new clowns to the community. The Clowns Who Care, including Corpus Christi City councilwomen Chris Adler and Nelda Martinez and more than 30 other women, visit Driscoll Children's Hospital twice a week. Their tireless and compassionate efforts for the children of South Texas are well-known; they have logged more than 14,000 volunteer hours between them.
New members are:
- Kyle Cromwell, supporting partner of three oilfield businesses - Cry Baby
- Kelly Koch Gilmore, attorney - Awesome Blossum
- Debbi Kelley, stay-at-home mom & substitute teacher - Cha Cha Loca
- Janice Roberts, banker - Oopsy Daisy
- Cindy Segrest, small-jewelry business-owner - Cowgirl Pearl
- Jennifer Susser, gemologist - Strawberry Shorty Cake
- Stephanie Waterman, Farmers Insurance agent - Mz Glitzy
WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16
WHERE: KIII-TV, 5002 S. Padre Island Dr.
Butterfly Room to be dedicated at Driscoll Children's Hospital
November 14, 2011
WHAT: Driscoll Children's Hospital will hold a special dedication for the Butterfly Room, a newly renovated patient room for terminally ill patients and their families. Featuring adjoining rooms - one for the patient and the other for family to stay around the clock - the Butterfly Room is specially designed to offer a peaceful and therapeutic environment. The suite's set-up is conducive to a family's grieving process, allowing private time in the adjoining family room when needed without being too far from their child's hospital room. Renovations include soothing colors and artwork and curtains to strategically hide wall panels with medical equipment in the patient area, as well as a sleeper sofa, compact refrigerator and microwave in the family room. The Butterfly Room renovations were made possible by a donation of $35,000 from the 2010 Valero Texas Open golf tournament.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St., 4th Tower
Driscoll, H-E-B join to make grocery shopping therapeutic
November 09, 2011
Project will be the first of its kind in a children's hospital
CORPUS CHRISTI - The regular trip to the grocery store - a life's chore that is tedious for some adults and perhaps enjoyable for others - will in the near future be a part of Driscoll Children's Hospital's rehabilitation therapy program.
With some extra space to fill in Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department, staff members recently brainstormed on what to do with it. Their goal was to have a place for pretend-play. A member mentioned seeing an H-E-Buddy Market at the Children's Museum of Houston, which gives children the grocery shopping experience in miniature. The group realized the therapeutic possibilities the activity would offer to Driscoll patients.
"When you put it all together, the grocery store would help us create a series of events that are encountered in the real world," said Susan Fields, director of Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department. "Children learn best when they don't know they are working."
A meeting with representatives from H-E-B followed, and the company enthusiastically decided to donate $30,000 toward an H-E-Buddy Market at Driscoll. Tomorrow, officials from H-E-B will present a check to Driscoll officials for the project and display items from the H-E-Buddy Market. When completed, it will include small grocery carts and baskets, shelves of child-friendly food packages, plastic produce, a refrigerated food section, check-out stand, a touch-screen cash register and more.
H-E-Buddy Markets in children's museums such as those in Houston and Laredo are designed to engage children in activities that will help them learn and grow, said Shelley Parks, manager of Public Affairs for H-E-B.
"The museums offer children a chance to make decisions based on healthy eating, menus, what they can buy for the money they have to spend and how to count and make change. There are a lot of learning activities that go into the museums."
Fields said several rehabilitative therapies can be employed in the mini-market as well. With Driscoll's physical therapists, children can improve their standing and balancing ability by reaching and picking items from high and low shelves. Pushing a grocery cart can help those who need to work on walking. In a play kitchen next to the grocery store, they can choose where to store the food. Speech therapists can help children improve language skills by having them name, match, categorize or describe products. And with Driscoll's occupational therapists, children can work on problem solving by planning a meal, purchasing items, making change and generally improving their fine motor skills.
"All these goals can be addressed while playing in a first-class, pretend-play environment," Fields said. "We're taking something H-E-B has done very well and we're going to apply it to helping the children in the community that we both serve."
Parks said incorporating an H-E-Buddy Market into a children's hospital for rehabilitative purposes hasn't been done before.
"H-E-B is proud to be able to partner with Driscoll on this unique program. The idea that children will learn to improve their balance and dexterity by using grocery carts, pulling items off of shelves, ringing up items, etc....is a wonderful example of creative thinking that works."
When completed, the H-E-Buddy Market at Driscoll will be available to any child in the community who needs rehabilitation therapy. For more information, call Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department at (361) 694-5678.
- What: H-E-Buddy Market display and check presentation
- When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
- Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Rehabilitation Services Department, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Valero donates $31,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital
October 18, 2011
During a check presentation Oct. 13, grant funds totaling $375,000 were distributed to children's organizations from the 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, the company's annual golf tournament in San Antonio.
Driscoll representatives (holding check, left to right) Manette Scanio, President, DCH Development Foundation Board; Andrew Laury, Calallen High School student and DCH patient; Judge Loyd Neal, President, DCH Governing Board of Directors and Martha St. Romain, Vice President, Development, accept a $31,000 check from 2011 Valero Charity Selection Committee members Adam Smith, Erin Spangler, Benjamin Smith, Michelle Flower and Art Garcia. The 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children proceeds awarded to Driscoll will be used towards the redesign and expansion of DCH Emergency Services Department.
"The Benefit for Children Golf Classic is one of the many ways Valero gives back to the community," said Dennis Payne, vice president of Regional Refinery Operations and general manager of the Valero Corpus Christi Refinery. Since 2002, Valero has distributed $3 million locally through the Benefit for Children Classic.
The monies given will help agencies dedicated to making a difference in children's lives. With an element of surprise, Valero employees presented checks to children's charities in amounts ranging from $31,000 to $3000.
Driscoll Children's Hospital was the recipient of $31,000 of the grant funds. They will go toward the redesign and expansion of its Emergency Department (ED). Almost 40,000 children visit Driscoll's ED annually and, while good use has been made of the existing space, more is needed. The redesign and expansion is a multimillion dollar project.
Driscoll expansion project will get boost from Halliburton donation
October 18, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Wednesday, Oct. 19, representatives from Halliburton will present a $25,000 check to Driscoll Children's Hospital for the redesign and expansion of its Emergency Department (ED). This donation was made possible by funds raised from the 18th Annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, which was held recently in Houston.
Almost 40,000 children visit Driscoll's ED annually and, while good use has been made of the existing space, more is needed. The redesign and expansion is a multimillion dollar project, and donations like that from the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament are helping make it possible.
"We could not be more grateful for Halliburton's gift," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll. "The redesign and expansion of our Children's Emergency Department is one of the most significant projects undertaken by the hospital in recent years."
Each year, Halliburton partners with vendors, suppliers and employees to host its Charity Golf Tournament in Houston. Throughout its history, the tournament has given nearly $4 million to charities across the United States.
"I am proud to say that Halliburton helps its neighbors through supporting Driscoll Children's Hospital," said Joe Foster, South Texas Area vice president for Halliburton. "Charity starts at home in our communities, and helping is what we do."
- What: Halliburton check presentation
- When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19
- Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.
Country stars will shine bright tonight at Singer Songwriter Showcase
October 06, 2011
WHAT: Some of country music's biggest singers and songwriters will take the stage tonight at Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Singer Songwriter Showcase at the Corpus Christi Country Club. That includes country music legend Allen Shamblin, winner of the 2011 Country Music Awards' Song of the Year for "The House that Built Me;" Gary Nicholson, a no. 1 hit songwriter whose songs have been recorded more than 500 times in various genres by artists such as BB King, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, George Jones and Waylon Jennings; and Aaron Barker, who partnered with George Strait to create "Baby Blue" and "Easy Come, Easy Go," among other songs. Proceeds from the event benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital. The concert precedes Driscoll's 16th annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Country Club.
WHEN: Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Rd.
INFO: (361) 694-6401
National Weather Service Employees to deliver gifts to cancer patient
September 27, 2011
WHAT: Employees at the National Weather Service's Corpus Christi and Brownsville offices will present gifts they collected to a Driscoll cancer patient whose story they read on Driscoll's web site (www.driscollchildrens.org). Matthew Carroll, 8, of Brownsville, had to have his lower left leg amputated last March due to osteosarcoma, a malignant tumor of the bone. He now receives care at Driscoll Children's Hospital and Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville, 5500 N. Expressway