Category Archives: Healthcare

TSC Nursing Lab Ready To Transform Education

TSC's newest nursing simulation lab located at the ITEC Center. (photo STC)

A new era of technology was recently celebrated at Texas Southmost College with a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Associate Degree in Nursing program’s new state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab.  The new simulation lab’s design at the TSC International Technology, Education and Commerce Center resembles a hospital floor. The lab features mid- to high-fidelity simulation mannequins. TSC Director of Nursing Beth Kasprisin said this lab has been a longtime…

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New Edinburg Children’s Hospital Names President

Matt Wolthoff

Matt Wolthoff is the new president of Driscoll Health System’s new hospital in Edinburg, Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley. The health system expects the hospital to open in Spring 2023. As president, Wolthoff is directly responsible for the overall operations and performance of the new hospital, including implementation. He will report directly to Eric Hamon, president and CEO of Driscoll Health System. Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will…

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UTRGV Institute of Neuroscience Opens In Harlingen

The UTRGV School of Medicine, together with its clinical arm UT Health RGV, officially opens its Institute of Neuroscience. The state-of-the-art facility is in Harlingen at 2902 Haine Drive. (photo David Pike, UTRGV)

  The UTRGV School of Medicine and UT Health RGV officially opened its Institute of Neuroscience with a ribbon-cutting last week. The facility measures at more than 30,000 square feet. The institute, which broke ground in 2019, is an all-encompassing research, education, clinical care and community partnership facility. The facility’s goal is to transform brain health for the Rio Grande Valley community. ION will bring advanced care and training in…

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Nurse Gives Back After Receiving So Much

After passing the National Council Licensure Examination, Gilda Lee Sauceda worked at Fresenius Kidney Care before choosing to become a traveling dialysis nurse.

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.  ~Maya Angelou Weslaco native Gilda Lee Sauceda grew up with a single mom who became disabled when her daughter was just 10 years old. She felt grateful that they had a roof over their head and their basic necessities, but the struggles were real. The labels were there — eighth-grade drop-out, GED holder, low-income — but Sauceda did not allow labels to…

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McAllen Welcomes UTRGV Expanded Cancer Center

UT Health RGV

The University of Texas Health Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is expanding its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center at its McAllen Academic Medical Campus. McAllen officials are hoping to establish and develop the area around the campus as a medical center for the region. “I am so proud of the efforts being made by UT Health RGV School of Medicine to expand…

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UTRGV School of Nursing Set To Expand

Rendering of the UTRGV School of Nursing facility in Pharr. (Courtesy City of Pharr)

The UTRGV School of Nursing celebrated its expansion during a signing ceremony Sept. 2 with the City of Pharr at the site of the school’s future facility at 2800 N. Cage Boulevard. In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the school a $2-million grant under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act fund. The federal funding will also be matched with $24 million in local investments. The project…

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UTRGV Expands Healthcare With MD Anderson

UT Health RGV

UT Health RGV is expanding its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center. In addition, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will provide oncology advisory services at the center. The center is part of the phase 1 development of UTRGV’s McAllen Academic Medical Campus. The 100,000-square-foot center will sit within the 495 Commerce Center development, on the south side of Pecan Boulevard between…

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Operation Lone Star Returns To Hidalgo County

A nursing program volunteer gives her time to help those in need at Operation Lone Star. (photo by Tech Sgt. Hatton, U.S. Air Force)

Operation Lone Star returns to San Juan in Hidalgo County beginning today, July 26. The annual week-long emergency preparedness exercise offers a variety of free medical services. This year’s event is at PSJA College High School at 805 West Ridge Road in San Juan. Among the services this year are COVID-19 vaccinations and school-required immunizations for children. There is also screenings for diabetes, hearing, vision and blood pressure, as well…

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Nurse Practitioner Rises To Serve RGV Community

Aaron Salinas began his health care career at the ground level. His start came as an emergency medical technician. Here, Salinas got a firsthand look at the essential medical needs of Rio Grande Valley residents.  “There were a lot of things that didn’t add up,” Salinas said of observations he made as an EMT, and then a paramedic, in going into the homes of residents in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.…

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UTRGV Human Genetics Doctoral Program Proposal Approved

Human Genetics

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved the degree proposal for a doctorate in human genetics for the UTRGV School of Medicine. The new human genetics Ph.D. program will be a full-time, four-year, 72-credit-hour degree plan. It will focus on applications of human genetics to medicine. The program will also address the growing need for researchers in human genetics and genomics in South Texas. The program still must now receive…

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