Category Archives: Healthcare

Valley Baptist Extending Services to Weslaco

Valley Baptist Health System’s micro-hospital in Weslaco

The Valley Baptist Health System and its landmark hospital in Harlingen have long been synonymous with Cameron County. Its reach was extended in the county to Brownsville last decade with the purchase of an existing hospital. The health system is now making a huge strategic move. In Jan. 2020, it will open a micro-hospital in Weslaco. Valley Baptist executives say is a first move to further expand its footprint in…

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Hidalgo Proclaims Home Care and Hospice Month

The Commissioners Court proclaims November as National Home Care and Hospice Month.

The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recently proclaimed November as National Home Care and Hospice Month. The proclamation is in honor of the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who make a difference for those they serve. Accepting the proclamation was Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice Board President Jon Scepanski. “We help the elderly and disabled preserve their dignity and maintain their independence while receiving…

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STC Hosts Information Sessions on High-Demand Careers

South Texas College invites communities in Starr County to visit and explore high demand, high wage career opportunities in a series of information sessions in November and December. Sessions will take place at the Starr County campus, 142 FM 3167, Rio Grande City. The Emergency Medical Technology Program will open its doors from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20,, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. The Patient Career Assistant Program also welcomes the…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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Grants Fund Numerous Partnerships, Apprenticeships

The Texas Workforce Commission presents more than $300,000 in grant funding to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board. The funds support projects in the board's partnership with STC, Edinburg EDC and Pharr EDC. (photo STC)

With more than $300,000 in funding, South Texas College is partnering with local workforce agencies and municipalities to bring numerous education and training opportunities to the Rio Grande Valley. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board now has more than $300,000 in grant funding from the Texas Workforce Commission. The board is in now in a partnership with STC, Edinburg Economic Development and Pharr Economic Development. Earlier this month,…

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STC Nursing Receives Equipment Grant

South Texas College will be the recipient of a $75,000 grant by Texas Workforce Commission for its Associate Degree of Nursing program. South Texas College is one of 27 institutions to receive the JET grant totaling $5,718,073.

South Texas College is the recipient of a $75,000 grant by Texas Workforce Commission for high-demand job training in its Associate Degree of Nursing program. The grant provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for developing programs. These programs can be career and technical, leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. The Jobs and Education for Texans grant is part of an initiative by TWC. It supports TWC’s efforts…

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STC Receives More Than $1 Million in Grants

Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez, Workforce Solutions Strategy and Engagement Director Arcelia Sanchez, Workforce Solutions Boardmember Sonia Falcon, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and South Texas College President Shirley A. Reed at the formal check signing ceremony Aug. 1.

Ceremonies took place at South Texas College Aug. 1 to announce a $1 million Skills Development Fund from Texas Workforce Commission and DHR Health. The funds marked the 27th SDF grant for STC from TWC. It also marks the second grant in partnership with DHR. The grant will provide customized training through a variety of healthcare areas. Additionally, it will benefit an estimate of 4,000 new and existing employees of DHR Health.…

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Hands-On Healing

Lori and Marc Saldana operate two Total Rehabilitation physical therapy clinics and four pediatric therapy clinics.

It’s rare, but not unheard of, when an accident suddenly makes a body part that was working yesterday dysfunctional today. When that happens, it’s priority number one to find someone that can help repair or rehab that body part. That’s where Total Rehabilitation comes in. Their physical therapy programs have helped countless patients regain use, mobility and strength of damaged limbs and muscles.  The client care at Total Rehabilitation is…

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Operation Lone Star Going On Now

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)

For more than 20 years, residents of the Rio Grande Valley have come to rely on the free medical care provided during Operation Lone Star. With locations in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Webb counties, the medical personnel see more than 1,000 people daily. For some, this annual emergency preparedness exercise is their only opportunity to see a physician. The weeklong exercise takes place this week (July 22-26). Hours are Monday…

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