Category Archives: Healthcare

DHR To Lead Breast Cancer Study

Breast Cancer Study

The Breast Center of Excellence at DHR Health and the Cancer Research Center at DHR Health Institute for Research and Development will soon lead an innovative breast cancer study – WISDOM (Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measure of risk). The study aims to recruit women of diverse backgrounds across Texas. “Despite advances in the past three decades, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women…

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Steps for Stroke Bringing Awareness & Movement

Steps for Stroke

During National Stroke Awareness Month, the South Texas Health System Neurosciences and Stroke Institute presents Steps for Stroke May 21-27. The community competition raises awareness of the warning signs of stroke while educating the community of ways to reduce risks of having one. During the virtual week-long challenge, participants will commit to run, walk or even dance their way to a minimum of 10,000 steps per day and 50,000 steps…

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Valley Regional In Top Five Percent of U.S. Hospitals

2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Valley Regional Medical Center is the recipient of a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. The distinction places Valley Regional Medical Center among the top five percent of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated. Valley Regional Medical Center colleagues protect the safety of their patients with daily safety huddles. It also consistently has real-time systems in place that use data and analytics to identify and manage risks. This includes…

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UTRGV Grant To Address Physician Mental Health

The UTRGV School of Medicine is the recent recipient of a $1.75-million grant to address mental health in physicians, and ways to support and improve it. As part of the Health Resources and Services Administration‘s Fortify Resilience Initiative grant, the School of Medicine plans to implement programs designed to “check up” on physicians to combat mental health issues in the medical field. Dr. Nausheen Jamal – associate dean of Graduate Medical…

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Couple’s Business Promotes Wellness Via Dripping

ThrIVe RN Jessica Romero with owners Aleck and Crystal Rios prior to the preparation of a client’s IV drip.

Aleck Rios and Crystal Curiel had no idea fate would steal the show when they met six years ago. Crystal owned a spa and a swimwear/lingerie boutique in Brownsville at the time. She was also selling insurance. Aleck was living in McAllen and owned Corazon Health Care Services. Aleck and Crystal joined mutual friends for dinner after the show and talked for hours. Within two weeks of meeting, Aleck told…

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Irizarry Named Valley Regional Medical Center CEO

David Irizarry

David Irizarry is the new chief executive officer of Valley Regional Medical Center, replacing Art Garza, who transferred to Del Sol Medical Center in January 2022. Irizarry will assume his new role March 14. Irizarry began his healthcare career in 2002 with HCA Healthcare. He served as a volunteer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital for 10 years and most recently as chief operating officer of Rio Grande Regional Hospital. Under…

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Hidalgo County Pledges $2 Million to STC Nursing

(photo STC)

Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez and the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court have pledged $2 million to fund salaries for South Texas Colleges Nursing and Allied Health nursing instructors. The funding is an effort to increase enrollment while also doubling the number of nurses graduating from STC. Cortez and others gathered Feb. 14 at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus to celebrate the funding. Joining Cortez for the check signing were…

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STC Respiratory Therapy Program Re-Accredited

STC Respiratory Therapy

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has reaffirmed South Texas College’s Respiratory Therapy Program accreditation for the next 10 years. Following a thorough review, CoARC determined that Respiratory Therapy met all national established accreditation standards. It commended the program for its continuous quality in education. The reaffirmation was essential for the college so it can continue awarding its Respiratory Therapy Associate of Applied Science degree. Accreditation by CoARC provides assurance…

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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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