Prematurity and other medical conditions put babies at risk for developmental delays. Although most infants develop normally, a few develop problems that should be identified early. Prompt detection and early intervention help children reach their full potential for growth and development.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital created the High-Risk Follow-Up Program to provide developmental evaluations and identify the need for early interventions. This service is offered to eligible families of children cared for in a Neonatal/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. As part of the program, developmental evaluations will be conducted by a physical, occupational, and/or speech therapist utilizing the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, 3rd Ed. Children’s progress will be carefully monitored until 3 years of age.


  • Developmental evaluations at the milestone ages of 3, 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months
  • Neurological and developmental assessment by a nurse practitioner
  • Nutritional evaluation and guidance by a registered dietitian
  • Periodic nutritional evaluations to ensure optimal growth
  • Gastrostomy tube feeding maintenance
  • Coordination of services for additional supplemental care
  • Social work to identify support needs and arrange available resources
Infants who meet the following criteria are eligible for this program:
  • Less than 32 weeks of age
  • Less than 1500 grams (3.3 lbs.)
  • Suffer from congenital heart disease
  • Required total body cooling
  • Required ECMO
  • Neurological insults

Once we receive a referral from your child’s doctor, we will contact you to obtain the necessary documentation and insurance information.

On the day of your appointment, please remember to bring an insurance card, photo ID and a list of your child’s current medications. Visits may last up to 2 hours, depending on the age of the child.

Post-Visit Care
Following each visit, we will provide feedback about how your child is developing and suggestions to help your child reach his/her fullest potential. We will also send a letter to your pediatrician with our recommendations. This program is designed for developmental assessment and is not intended to take the place of your child’s pediatrician.

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 High Risk Follow-Up Program Team

Euming Chong MD
Euming Chong
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
High Risk Follow-Up Program
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High Risk Follow-Up Program Locations

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi

3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi
(361) 694-5000
High Risk Follow-Up Program
Furman Building
(361) 694-5461
(361) 808-2179
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Clinics of Driscoll Health System, Laredo

10710 McPherson Rd.
(956) 794-8460
(956) 718-4022
Mon - Thur: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
High Risk Follow-Up Program
(956) 794-8460

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