Category Archives: Healthcare

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

STHS demos for new Edinburg ER

Community leaders, hospital representatives, and elected officials participate in STHS's "Demo Day" celebration. (photo STHS)

Satellite ER to provide convenient, emergent care South Texas Health System recently held a “Demo Day” celebration, allowing community leaders, hospital representatives, and elected officials to knock down an exterior wall of the vacant North Point Surgery Center. The Edinburg site on McColl will soon become home to a new STHS emergency room. The new emergency room will be the fourth satellite ER for the health system. Upon opening, it…

Read More

Community Health Workers Ready for Work

The first cohort of promotores graduate from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. (photo STC)

First cohort of promotores graduate The first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, have graduated from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. The program offers training to people who want to serve their neighborhoods as community health workers. A collaboration between the UTRGV School of Medicine, Texas A&M University, South Texas College and the National Rural Health Association, the program includes 160 hours of training over three…

Read More

Healthgrades recognizes STHS Women’s Services

Representatives from McAllen Medical Center and Edinburg Regional Medical Center celebrate their five-star ratings in three women's service areas from Healthgrades during a recent press conference. (photo STHS)

Healthgrades recognizes with five-star awards McAllen Medical Center and Edinburg Regional Medical Center are both recipients of a five-star rating for various obstetrical and gynecological measures. The recognition comes from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians as well as hospitals. Both South Texas Health System facilities are recognized for excellence in quality in vaginal delivery and C-section delivery. In addition, each location is a five-star recipients…

Read More

McAllen Heart Hospital Ranks Nationally

Hospital ranks for various cardiac categories McAllen Heart Hospital announced today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery. Additionally, Healthgrades recognizes the hospital as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention and Cardiac Care for 2017. McAllen Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the local area to receive any of these honors. Furthermore, it is one of…

Read More

Operation Lone Star Provides Free Medical Care

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)

State program offers services July 24-28 Operation Lone Star returns to the Valley next week, bringing free health care services to five sites July 24-28. Available services include child immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as sports physicals. In addition, the Rio Grande City site will provide preventive dental services for school-age children. Dental services and vision exams for prescription glasses for both adults and…

Read More

Officials, Public Welcome Residency Clinic

Dr. Guy Bailey, founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, speaks at the Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic ribbon cutting. (photo VBR)

Family Practice Residency Clinic opens soon Officials with Knapp Medical Center and UTRGV held a ribbon cutting this morning, July 20 at the new Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic. The clinic opens to the public in August. The clinic will provide medical residents the opportunity to focus on adolescent and geriatric care, as well as urgent care and community-based care. The 12,000-square-foot clinic features multiple exam rooms and training facilities for as…

Read More

Local Neurosurgeons Use New Imaging

Dr. Jaime Gasco

Advanced imaging and navigation improves outcomes McAllen Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to equip neurosurgeons with the latest intra-operative surgical navigation and imaging systems. The new Medtronic StealthStation 7 and O-Arm 1000 help neurosurgeons maintain constant and seamless visualization of the spine during surgery. The models combine multiple modes of imaging data into virtual maps that help guide the neurosurgeon. Using these 3-D, multi-plane and fluoroscopic images,…

Read More