Texas hospital gifted millions to complete heart center

Corpus Christi, Texas-based Driscoll Children's Hospital received a multimillion-dollar gift to support its heart center.

The donation was given by Dobson Family Foundations, Las Aguilas Enterprises, and individual Dobson family members, according to an April system news release.

"This is the largest gift solely devoted to heart care in Driscoll’s history," Driscoll President and CEO Eric Hamon said in an April system news release. "In honor of the Dobson family’s everlasting gift, the fourth floor of the Pavilion will be named the Dobson Family Cardiac Suite. Driscoll is grateful to the Dobson family for their faith in and commitment to our mission."

The funds will be used to complete construction of the center's procedural suite, which includes two operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization laboratories and a 10-bed cardiac intensive care unit. An additional 25 beds will be added to the cardiac intensive care unit. The center will offer a variety of services, including pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, pediatric cardiac intensive care, pediatric electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, cardiac cross-sectional imaging and fetal imaging.

The gift will also establish the Harmon and Grace Dobson Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery, the first of its kind at Driscoll and in South Texas, according to the release. Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Stephen Langley, MD, will be the first recipient of the title.

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