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A physician-to-physician referral is necessary to admit a pediatric patient. To learn more about referrals, please call the appropriate specialty clinic or Admitting Services.
The Admitting Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Admitting department is on the first floor of Driscoll Children’s Hospital - Corpus Christi. Once you take a right behind the gift shop, you'll find it on the left.
Plan to arrive earlier than your scheduled appointment to complete paperwork. It’s important to bring any documents the referring provider may have given you. Please bring picture IDs and insurance cards.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will be an eight-story designated freestanding children's hospital, independently operated by Driscoll, will provide acute pediatric healthcare 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Driscoll Children’s Specialty Centers in McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville are able to provide a number of subspecialty services, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Driscoll Children’s Quick Care – McAllen provides after-hours medical treatment for minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week.
Yes. Driscoll Children’s Specialty Centers in McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville, along with Driscoll Children’s Quick Cares in McAllen and Edinburg will continue to operate.
We’re seeking the most talented and compassionate individuals in clinical, professional, ancillary and support staff positions to help fulfill our mission.
The services and programs offered by Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will include:
Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will provide pediatric healthcare 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley is scheduled to open in 2024.
No. Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will be a freestanding children’s hospital, independently operated by Driscoll Health System. It will be the only designated freestanding children’s hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.
The new hospital will be located in Edinburg, TX at the corner of McColl Road and Michelangelo Dr. (2820 W. Michelangelo Dr.).
Sweat tests are used to test for cystic fibrosis. The salt (sodium and chloride) from a stimulated area of the skin is measured. Please call the lab to schedule the test prior to arrival and prepare to be at the lab for at least two hours.
A glucose tolerance test is used to detect diabetes or hypoglycemia. This test has a timed blood collection, and you should prepare to be at the lab for at least three hours. The two main tests are used to measure the presence of blood sugar problems.
The laboratory will send your test results to your doctor’s office. Your doctor will discuss the results with you. If you are registered in MyChart, results will post electronically.
Specimen collections may be obtained by blood (from the heel, finger or venous), urinalysis (clean catch or bagged), swabs and feces.
A blood test is a routine yet important medical procedure that can assist your child's physician in diagnosing an illness or monitoring treatment.
No. For your convenience, lab services are provided on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.
For questions, please contact a record release representative at (361) 694-5468. Please remember, if any information is missing or incomplete, we must return the form to you. This may delay the release of information.
To request a copy or have a copy of the medical record sent to another party, call Driscoll Children's Hospital Health Information Management Department at (361) 694-5468 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be happy to mail or fax you a form. You may also obtain a form from your Specialty Clinic.
Parents or legal guardians (without court-imposed restrictions) may obtain and/or authorize the release of protected health information from their child's medical record from Driscoll Children's Hospital. Individuals over the age of 18 must authorize the release of their own information.
Surgery can be classified as major or minor, depending on the seriousness of the illness, the parts of the body affected, the complexity of the operation and the expected recovery time.
Elective surgery: These are procedures that may be helpful, but are not necessarily essential, for your child to undergo. An example might be to have a birthmark removed or to circumcise your male infant.
Required surgery: These are procedures that need to be done to ensure the quality of your child's life in the future. An example might be having a spinal fusion to correct severe curvature of the spine. Required surgery, unlike emergency surgery, does not necessarily have to be done immediately and can allow you time to prepare your child for the experience.
Urgent or emergency surgery: This type of surgery is done in response to an urgent medicalneed, such as the correction of a life-threatening congenital heart malformation or the repair ofinjured internal organs after an automobile accident.
You and your child's physician will discuss surgery as a way to correct your child's health problem. This decision will be based on careful evaluation of your child's medical history and medical tests, such as blood tests, X-rays, MRI, CT scan, electrocardiogram or other laboratory work performed to determine the exact diagnosis.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a breastmilk donation drop-off site for Mothers’ Milk Bank.
Donating your breastmilk can help save the lives of babies in need.
To learn more about donating breast milk, visit Mothers’ Milk Bank or call (512) 494-0800.
Click on the red handset icon () and then click End
Click the chat icon () to chat with your healthcare provider.
Do not use any apps that use your camera or microphone like Facebook, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.
No. Do not take or receive phone or video calls because it could end your virtual visit too soon.
No. Your healthcare provider just put you on hold and will be back soon.
Click the gear icon () and see if you can select a different camera or microphone.
Make sure there are no red Xs on the camera and microphone icons.
Follow the directions on the screen. If you still get an error message, click the help button.
You can use a touchscreen, mouse, or trackpad to sign the form.
Yes, but make sure it can use your camera and microphone.
You may still go through browser. If you prefer to have app on your device, please download the Patient App for the best possible online experience. Make sure the Patient App can use your camera and microphone
Contact your healthcare provider to reschedule.
Start video visit in MyChart or click the link in your email or text message.
You will be able to connect to video through your MyChart account or your healthcare provider will send you an invite by email or text message.
Yes. The Teladoc Health Patient App complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a US law that protects patient information
Before your surgery:
At the time of your surgery:
After your surgery:
If you do not see your providers clean their hands, please ask them to do so.
To prevent SSIs, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers:
Yes. Most surgical site infections can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic given to you depends on the bacteria (germs) causing the infection. Sometimes patients with SSIs also need another surgery to treat the infection.
A surgical site infection is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. Most patients who have surgery do not develop an infection. However, infections develop in about 1 to 3 out of every 100 patients who have surgery. Some of the common symptoms of a surgical site infection are:
With a major surgical procedure, the time in the hospital is determined by the nature of the surgery and the health of your child. Some surgeries will require a stay in intensive care for close monitoring before your child is moved to a regular inpatient bed. On the pediatric unit, your child's recovery will continue to be monitored and immediate medical attention will be provided in case of complications. Your surgeon will be able to discuss your child's expected length of stay when you first meet during the preoperative visit. If your child has underlying medical conditions, his/her recovery time may be longer.
Many surgeries performed on children are done as an outpatient. With minor surgeries, your child will return to the outpatient surgery center after spending the required time in the recovery room. When your child is fully awake, able to drink some fluids and meet all discharge criteria required by your child's surgeon, he/she will be discharged home. Some surgeries require that your child stay overnight to allow observation by the nursing staff.
Your child most likely has been referred by your pediatrician to a pediatric surgeon or other specialist that has special training to care for infants, children and adolescents. Surgery may be performed at a physician's office, a clinic, an outpatient surgery center or the hospital, depending on the following:
Pediatric surgeons often work with a multidisciplinary team, including anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses and other medical professionals who are experienced in caring for children.