Proceeds from Driscoll’s 29th annual Fiesta de los Niños will go toward supporting Driscoll Heart Center

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CORPUS CHRISTI – Proceeds from Friday’s 29th annual fundraiser Fiesta de los Niños will go toward improvements at the Heart Center at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, which has been providing quality, compassionate care to heart patients throughout South Texas since 1962.

Funds from the 2021 Fiesta de los Niños will help support the Heart Center at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, specifically, the purchase of equipment that is used for cardiac imaging like the Pediatric Transesophageal Probe.

Tranesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is an ultrasound technology that provides highly detailed images of the heart and its internal structures. It is used by sonographers and cardiologists to visualize cardiac anatomy via the esophagus. 

As the number of children needing treatment at Driscoll Children’s Hospital continues to increase, so does the need to stay up to date on medical advances and technologies.

“Technology never stands still. It needs to be updated,” said Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Driscoll Health System.

“Driscoll Children’s Hospital has a long history of having a fabulous Congenital Heart Program. Having this up-to-date technology purchased with the Fiesta funds will enhance our wonderful Heart Center and elevate it to the world-class program that it can and will be,” she said.

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 “Now in its 29th iteration, Fiesta de los Niños continues to support Driscoll’s commitment to serving the children of South Texas, and getting kids back to being kids. This year’s event specifically will provide resources in support of our Heart Center, led by Dr. Stephen Langley, and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only one of its kind in our region,” said Sean Pieri, Vice President of Development at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. 

Driscoll’s Heart Center has been providing quality, compassionate care to heart patients throughout South Texas since 1962. In 2020, more than 190 heart surgeries and more than 220 cardiac catheterization procedures were performed at Driscoll.

Driscoll has cardiology clinics in Corpus Christi, Victoria, McAllen, Laredo and Rio Grande City.

The 29th annual Fiesta de los Niños, Driscoll’s largest fundraiser of the year, will be held Friday, May 21, 6:30-11:30 p.m., at the Pavilion at Concrete Street Amphitheater. Featured entertainer is Max Stalling.

Led by longtime title sponsor Flint Hills Resources, Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year, 100 percent of the net proceeds from the event directly benefit the hospital. In 2020, with more than 1,500 people in attendance, Fiesta grossed more than $840,000. More than $12,000,000 has been raised since its inception.

For more information, call Driscoll’s Development Foundation at (361) 694-6401 or visit

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