When your child faces a health emergency, every single minute counts. Ensuring your child receives the highest quality care is essential, and at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, our dedicated team is available around the clock, seven days a week.

Our Emergency Department, which treats more than 40,000 patients every year, boasts a highly specialized team of physicians, nurses and specialists. They stand prepared to provide expert medical care for your child whenever a health emergency arises. Day or night, we treat all injuries and illnesses from fevers and fractures to brain and spinal injuries.

Within the Emergency Medicine Department, a dedicated trauma coordinator oversees all facets of trauma care, ensuring that every traumatized child receives the best care possible. Additionally, our department maintains a strong partnership with Transport Services, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and various pediatric subspecialties, fostering seamless collaboration to enhance the overall quality of care.


  • Acute asthma
  • Burns
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Dehydration
  • Ingestions
  • Near drowning
  • Seizures
  • All minor and major injuries
  • Dermatology surgery services

Corpus Christi Main Hospital:

For referral and assistance call DCH Emergency Services at (361) 694-5100, or the Child Protection Team at (361) 694-CARE (2273).


  • You provide basic information at the check-in desk.
  • You will NOT need your insurance card at this time.
  • A child with a life-threatening condition will be seen immediately by the doctor.
  • Please be seated in the waiting room until a nurse calls your child to the triage exam room.

First Exam

  • A nurse will assess your child’s condition, ask about your child’s medical history and perform a simple but thorough exam.
  • If necessary, medication will be given to treat your child’s pain or fever unless he/she was given something prior to arrival.

You may be returned to the waiting room until there is an examination room available. For safety, children will be seen in order of medical priority, not by time of arrival.

Exam Room

  • A nurse will check again to see how your child is doing, and a doctor will then see him/her as soon as possible.
  • If at any time there is any change in your child’s condition, please inform your nurse.


  • If your child’s problem is easy to recognize and treat, the doctor will provide treatment to your child as needed. If the cause of your child’s symptoms is unclear, tests will be run to help determine the cause of your child’s illness before being treated.
  • Discharge or Admit: After diagnosis and treatment, your child will be discharged or, if necessary, he/she will be admitted to the hospital.
  • Discharge instructions: If your child is discharged from the Emergency Department, you will be given instructions on how to continue treatment of your child’s symptoms at home if required. You may also be given prescriptions your child may need.

Wait Time
We appreciate your patience as we attend to the children with the most urgent medical needs first. We value your child’s health, and we will provide medical services as quickly and safely as we can.

Seamless Specialist Care

Visit all your child's specialists in one trip to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Contact any of our specialty clinics to schedule a convenient one-day visit to all your child’s specialists.

Call 361-694-5000 or your 
specialty clinic.

Meet the Emergency Medicine Team

Subhankar Bandyopadhyay MD
Subhankar Bandyopadhyay
Emergency Medicine
Mohamad Hassan MD
Mohamad Hassan
Emergency Medicine
Hongmei Jiang MD
Hongmei Jiang
Emergency Medicine
Gideon Mecum MD
Gideon Mecum
Emergency Medicine
Estela O'Daniell MD, FAAP
Estela O'Daniell
Emergency Medicine
Marita L. Rafael MD
Marita L. Rafael
Emergency Medicine
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Emergency Medicine Locations

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi

3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi
(361) 694-5000
Emergency Medicine
4th Floor
(361) 694-5100

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