Category Archives: Healthcare

RGV Sees First COVID-19 Case

The Rio Grande Valley reported its first travel-related coronavirus case Thursday evening. This comes on the same day Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the temporary closing of schools, restaurant dining areas, gyms and bars statewide. A 21-year-old man from Rancho Viejo tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Spain and Ireland from March 5-12. He began feeling the coronavirus symptoms of fever and cough and then went to Valley Baptist Medical…

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RGV Communities Limit Size Of Public Gatherings 

Counties and cities across the Rio Grande Valley moved quickly on Tuesday to enact new measures to encourage social distancing and limit the number of people allowed in public places to counter the dangers and potential outbreak of the coronavirus. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez issued a disaster declaration due to a public health emergency after conferring with leaders of the county’s 22 cities. The declaration became effective Tuesday and…

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Making Their Mark In Healthcare

Vocational nursing students at Valley Grande Institute do skills practice in a lab.

Anabell Cardona was 15-years plus into managing clinics and doctors’ offices in Weslaco and McAllen. It was then she figured the time was right, in her mid-30s, to make a career breakthrough. Cardona recalls having no fear in 2001 as she sat in front of a banker and faced a business loan with six figures in it. She was ready to purchase Valley Grande Institute of Weslaco. “Where do I…

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Partnership Leads to New Careers For GED Grads

TSTC Phlebotomy Technician

Students pursuing a General Educational Development diploma through the Brownsville Independent School District can also now train and get certified as a phlebotomist through TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department. The offering comes with a new partnership between Texas State Technical College and the BISD Adult Continuing Education program. “This is the first time we have partnered with BISD in this capacity,” said Myra De Leon, Workforce Training and…

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School of Medicine Clinics Broaden Reach

Dr. Sawyer Lambert, an optometrist at the UT Health RGV Vision Center, provides one of the many different types of medical services offered at clinics in the Valley. (Photo provided by UT Health RGV).

The UT Health RGV/Knapp Family Health Center in Mercedes sits across the street from a high school for medical professions. For Dr. Miguel Tello, the proximity of the health center he oversees to the South Texas ISD High School of Medical Professions is more than symbolic. It points to the range of possibilities now available to Rio Grande Valley youth.  “The whole cycle” is how Tello puts it in noting…

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STC Path Links Low-Income Students to Careers

Valley lawmakers join leadership from South Texas College for the official launch of a pilot program targeting 80 low-income students, existing firefighters and first responders. The grant will encourage students to complete or re-certify their first responder certification. (photo STC)

South Texas College is offering a new pilot program to match the needs of low-income students with the ongoing demand for skilled first responders. The program will target 80 low-income students as well as existing firefighters and first responders. The goal is for participants to complete or re-certify their first responder certification. With a grant from AT&T, the pilot program will cover all costs associated with the first responder certification.…

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A Home Away from Home

Avalon Memory Care is built to resemble a home in order to make the residents feel more comfortable. (VBR)

Placing a loved one in a care facility can be one of the most difficult decisions a family has to make. This is even more true when the loved one is suffering from an illness that affects their memory, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Moving them from the home they know and love to a new environment can prove to be challenging.  Avalon Memory Care in Edinburg is working to…

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EMS Students Go Hands On With Extrication Day

TSTC EMS Extrication Day

It was quite an experience for Pedro Casillas and more than 40 of his peers as they helped save lives in a mock two-vehicle accident. It was part of Texas State Technical College Emergency Medical Services program‘s recent Extrication Day. “This was a great opportunity to practice what I’ve learned in the classroom,” said Casillas. “It was exciting to be able to showcase our skills to the local first responders who…

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Unique Projects Trains Future Alzheimer’s Caregivers

An STC OTA student explains the layout inside of the Activities of Daily Living apartment to peers at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health campus. (photo STC)

It might seem unusual to see drawings of utensils or constant safety reminders around the home. Yet, these can be beneficial when caring for a loved one or patient with Alzheimer’s. These helpful visual cues can make the difference from a patient. Photos and other reminders can aid a patient in completing a task instead of experiencing frustration or confusion. South Texas College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students recently had…

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STC Announces BSN Program

The inaugural cohort of STC's new RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. (photo STC)

South Texas College is starting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, according to officials at a special event Nov. 25. Among those in attendance were the inaugural cohort of student nurses clad in green scrubs. Dr. Christie Candelaria serves as program chair of both the Associate Degree Nursing Program and the new BSN program. “I would treat this just like having a family,” Candelaria said about the start…

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