Category Archives: Healthcare

School of Medicine to Open Women’s Center

The UT Health Rio Grande Valley Surgery and Women’s Specialty Center will soon be coming to this building at 614 Maco Drive.

UT Health Rio Grande Valley, the clinical component of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, has acquired a general surgery practice in Harlingen as part of the School of Medicine’s mission to increase access to primary and specialty care for residents throughout the region. The UT Health Rio Grande Valley Surgery and Women’s Specialty Center, located at 614 Maco Drive in Harlingen, will offer services such…

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McAllen Heart Hospital Named 100 Best Again

McAllen Heart Hospital Healthgrades 2018

McAllen Heart Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for both cardiac care and coronary intervention. The 2018 honors come from Healthgrades. The organization identifies the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within both cardiac care and coronary intervention. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. This is the second year in a row the South Texas Health System hospital has…

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Dental Practice Grows as a Business

Dr. Juan D. Villarreal (center) with Dr. Denise Hausenfluck and Dr. Vivian Teegardin. (VBR)

Several hundred dentists provide needed services throughout the Rio Grande Valley, and one of them owns and manages the largest network of clinics in the South Texas, and perhaps in the Lone Star State. Dr. Juan D. Villarreal, a Harlingen native who holds a doctor in dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has turned the business that he first opened in 1983 on Ed…

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Register Now for Regional Health Care Conference

Helping plan the 26th annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition are Dr. Dionisio Calvo III, Mitty Reyna of the Knapp Medical Center Education Department and conference chairman Dr. Robert Sepulveda. (photo Knapp Medical Center)

The 26th annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition comes to McAllen April 13-14, offering medical professionals education credits in addition to a diverse lineup of speakers. “This conference is primarily designed for primary care physicians and medical practitioners in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, surgery, emergency medicine and infectious diseases,” said Dr. Robert Sepulveda, conference chairman. Rio Grande Valley physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurse…

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STHS Breaks Ground for New ER

STHS McAllen ER groundbreaking

Upcoming McAllen facility to be open 24 hours a day Land at 3700 West Nolana in McAllen is now an active construction site for a new South Texas Health System free-standing emergency department. STHS administrators and staff, as well as McAllen city leaders, chamber representatives and local law enforcement, broke ground for the facility on Jan. 18. Joining STHS were McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Representatives from…

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School of Medicine to Increase Workforce

UTRGV School of Medicine

UTRGV School of Medicine receives award from Kleberg Foundation The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is the recipient of a three-year, $2 million grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to recruit and retain primary care physicians to serve as faculty at the School of Medicine and to practice medicine throughout the Valley. With the grant, the School of Medicine plans to recruit…

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UTRGV Med Student Has YouTube Success

Shawn Izadi, a second-year medical student at The UTRGV School of Medicine, has created a YouTube channel called “Beards & Scrubs” in which he conducts interviews and offers up advice to other medical students. (Photo by Silver Salas, UTRGV)

“Beards & Scrubs” has more than 10,000 views The University of Texas at Austin football stadium, The UTRGV School of Medicine, and thumbnails on YouTube – all places you might have spotted Shawn Izadi. The second-year UTRGV medical student and Coppell, Texas, native spends his days either in class, studying, or at the gym – when he’s not making YouTube videos. Izadi, 26, is the mastermind behind his appropriately titled…

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UTRGV Residency Clinic Opens in Mercedes

Dr. Miguel Tello, family medicine physician and associate program director for the Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program, leads the new residency clinic. He is joined by Dr. Miguel A. Sanchez Rivas, Dr. Marita del Pilar Sanchez Sierra Marino, Dr. Diego Moreno, Dr. Eliana Costantino Burgazzi, Dr. Eddy Berges, and Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler. (photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV).

Counseling Services, Medical Care Available The new Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic is now offering counseling services in addition to medical care for patients of all ages. Located off Expressway 83 at 2810 W. Expressway 83 in Mercedes, the clinic includes 18 exam rooms and also provides mental health services. The clinic is under the direction of Dr. Miguel Tello, family medicine physician and associate program director for the Knapp/UTRGV…

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Harlingen Medical Center Receives “A” Rating

Harlingen Medical Center has been awarded an “A” for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare ratings organization.

Top score reflects high level of healthcare Harlingen Medical Center has an “A” for patient safety from the The Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare ratings organization. The rating comes from preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.   The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly-available hospital safety data. It then assigns safety grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Grades are calculations by top…

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STHS ER Coming to Alamo

Facility to create 34 jobs  South Texas Health System will soon be building a new freestanding emergency room in Alamo, STHS ER Alamo. After signing an official agreement with the City of Alamo and the Alamo EDC, STHS starts construction in early 2018. STHS ER Alamo will feature nine treatment spaces, including six examination rooms and three triage bays. It will also feature an internal waiting area, as well as…

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