Clara Driscoll had a vision to provide healthcare to the children of South Texas. That vision has guided the creation of the Driscoll Health System, including its hospital, Health Plan, specialty centers and Quick Care clinics, which treat children’s minor injuries and illnesses after hours and on the weekend.
Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen has served the Rio Grande Valley for more than 11 years, providing an alternative to crowded emergency rooms for thousands of parents and their children.
Coughs, colds, asthma and allergies can be treated at the clinic, as well as minor lacerations, fractures and sprains.
Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is made up of eight exam rooms, with a full laboratory and radiology services. It also offers on-site testing for Flu A&B, Strep and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
Fifteen different physicians are on rotation at Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen, treating between 12,000 and 14,000 patients a year. Fall and winter average between 1,200-1,300 patients a month at the clinic, while spring and summer bring approximately 800 patients a month.
Roel E. Cantu, MD, has been with Driscoll Health System for as long as Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen has been open: 11 years. His experience with Driscoll began when he was a medical student, participating in an internship at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi.
Dr. Cantu is a physician on staff at Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen. He was named its Medical Director in 2020. As Medical Director, his duties include communicating with Driscoll administration, providing guidance and support to fellow colleagues and addressing recommendations pertaining to Quick Care needs, all in the service of advancing the productivity of Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen.
Dr. Cantu has a deep familiarity with his community. “The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a border area right at the tip of Texas. That in itself makes us unique,” said Dr. Cantu. “The majority of children served are Hispanic, Spanish-speaking and, many times, first-generation families. I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and enjoy being able to care for children whose culture is very familiar to mine.”
“Patients’ families know that Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is open and available for them to go to and be seen by a pediatrician.”
Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is like all of the clinics of the Driscoll Health System, in that it has continued to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it meets and exceeds all CDC safety guidelines.
Face masks and visors are worn at all times, physical distancing is maintained when possible and proper hand hygiene is practiced. Dr. Cantu adds that all rooms are cleaned after each patient visit, and that Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen is vigilant and prepared to keep patients, their families, staff and physicians safe at all times.
Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen has been providing information to parents on CDC guidelines and measures to take when providing home care to a child with COVID-19. Parents who think their child may have COVID-19 are advised to contact their primary care physician.
Over the 11 years that Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen has been open, it has established itself as a trusted source for pediatric care and guidance.
“Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen plays a very important role not only in the McAllen community but also in the Rio Grande Valley region. It is at the forefront for providing specialty services and after-hours services to many families that prefer to see a pediatrician in the evening for quick care rather than a general physician in the emergency room,” said Dr. Cantu.
“All doctors at Driscoll Children’s Quick Care-McAllen truly believe in treating patients and their parents with respect, compassion and understanding, which is The Driscoll Way,” said Dr. Cantu.