Category Archives: Healthcare

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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TSTC EMS Program Receives National Accreditation

TSTC's EMS Program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. (photo TSTC)

Accreditation also brings in associate degree paramedic program The Continuing Education Emergency Medical Science – Paramedic program at Texas State Technical College is now nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The program is now the only accredited EMS program in Cameron County. In addition to extensive paperwork, the program went through a peer review from CAAHEP’s board of directors and the Committee on Accreditation…

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UTRGV SoM Awarded $3.75 Million to Help Underserved

UTRGV medical student David Goldblatt administers a vaccine injection under the supervision of Linda Nelson, senior director of Clinical Operations for the School of Medicine, during a 2016 visit to the Indian Hills colonia. (Photo by David Pike, UTRGV)

Grant to develop three Area Health Education Centers The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has received a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to help increase access to primary healthcare in rural and underserved areas. The grant, which will allocate $750,000 per year for five years, will develop three Area Health Education Centers. The AHECs…

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UTRGV Director Achieves Highest Certification

Dr. Lydia López Aguilera, director of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley/UT Austin College of Pharmacy and clinical associate professor in the UTRGV Cooperative Pharmacy Program, has added another level of expertise with board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy from the National Board of Pharmacy Specialties. (photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

Aguilera certified in ambulatory care pharmacy Director of the UTRGV/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program Dr. Lydia López Aguilera has achieved board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy from the National Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Board certification through the BPS is recognized as the highest standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced levels of practice. Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists focus primarily on the special needs of patients…

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Valley Baptist Opens Geriatric Unit

Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit staff at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen stand in front of some of the artwork displayed to give the 12-bed unit a warm atmosphere.

Harlingen center addresses behavioral health Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen now offers geriatric behavioral health services to older adults in the Rio Grande Valley. The inpatient services are available through a new 12-bed Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit on the third floor of the West Tower. A variety of designs make the unit feel more like a residential environment, and artwork throughout helps make it warm and inviting. Furthermore, Equipment and staff match…

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