A Picture of Health in the Coastal Bend

Award-winning hospitals and specialized medical care make south Texas' Coastal Bend a true healthcare destination. From advanced radiology to pediatric oncology, Corpus Christi offers world-class services close to home.

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Nationally recognized hospitals and specialized medical care make the Coastal Bend Region a true health-care destination. From advanced radiology to pediatric oncology, the area offers world-class services close to home.

Corpus Christi Medical Center

Corpus Christi Medical Center is a 583-bed health-care system staffed by 1,200 medical professionals and more than 600 highly trained physicians. An affiliate of HCA Healthcare, CCMC's system includes Bay Area, Doctors Regional, The Heart Hospital, Northwest Regional, Bayview Behavioral Hospital, Northshore Emergency Center, Northwest Behavioral Health Center and Radiation Oncology at the Corpus Christi Cancer Center.

In 2011, Portland's Northshore Emergency Center became the area's first free-standing emergency department, while CCMC's 68-bed Bayview Behavioral Hospital opened to provide a full range of services for children, adolescents and adults.  In 2012, CCMC also opened a hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation program.

"The inpatient rehabilitation program will help patients regain quality of life following injury, surgery or disease," says Jay Woodall, chief executive officer of CCMC. "Since the program is located within the hospital, patients will have 24-hour access to nursing and physician care, emergency rapid response care and other hospital services."

CCMC is also a regional leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery and in surgical weight loss, performing gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System

For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System has brought healing to families in the Coastal Bend. CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi includes Memorial, Shoreline and South campuses – three full- service hospitals serving the entire Corpus Christi community.  Recent updates include renovation to the interventional radiology suite at the Memorial campus. State-of-the-art 3-D vascular imaging technology now allows blood vessels and veins to be viewed in real time.

"From trauma to oncology, a wide range of patients can be helped by this life-saving piece of equipment," says Paul Gaden, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Memorial's vice president and chief executive officer.

At the 69-bed CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville, diagnostic upgrades include a new 16-slice CT scanner, while Kingsville's CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg offers advanced nuclear medical technology and a newly expanded and renovated intensive care unit.

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Top-notch care for kids is available at Driscoll Children's Hospital, where 250 pediatric specialists represent more than 32 medical specialties and 13 surgical specialties. DCH also staffs the region's only pediatric emergency room and specialty- trained neonatal and pediatric ground/air transport team, now equipped with a dedicated DCH HALO-Flight helicopter for pediatric emergencies.

Driscoll's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center welcomes the state's youngest patients suffering from anemias, hematology disorders, cancers, renal disease and rare blood disorders. And because diagnoses such as lymphoma require highly specialized care, DCH is a member of the Children's Oncology Group, a network of 230 prestigious institutions that allows patients with specific diagnoses to receive the same treatment protocol and clinical trial access regardless of location.

Specially trained physicians, dietitians, social workers, therapists, nurses, pharmacists and child life specialists ensure the treatment process at DCH is the best possible.

"We use the African proverb, 'It takes a village to raise a child,' and the team approach used at Driscoll clearly supports these patients in a similar manner," says Gerardo Gomez, R.N., director of specialty clinics at DCH.


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more

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