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TSTC Helps Fill Nursing Shortage

TSTC nursing

The Texas State Technical College nursing division in Harlingen is celebrating its second consecutive 100 percent national exam pass rate for its vocational nursing program. The milestone is a mark of distinction for the department working to relieve a shortage of nurses in the Rio Grande Valley and across the state. “We hold all of our students to a high standard,” said Heather Sauceda, TSTC vocational nursing program director. “Here…

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New UTRGV Doctorate Program Approved

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to establish a new degree program for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology. The new PhD program will focus on producing clinical psychology scientist-practitioners with knowledge about Hispanic cultures in the Rio Grande Valley and the United States. “Providing new educational opportunities for the students of the Rio Grande Valley is…

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UTRGV medical student receives award

David Goldblatt (photo UTRGV)

David Goldblatt, a second-year medical student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, is one of 66 students in the nation to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. The HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program provides students financial support for one year of full-time, mentored research training in fundamental biomedical research. Awards are given to medical, dental and veterinary students interested…

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Leadership Matters: Manny Vela

Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela

Editor’s Note: Leadership can mean different things to different people. The Valley Business Report wanted to learn more about the views on leadership through the words of experienced business leaders in the Rio Grande Valley. Starting with this month’s edition, VBR introduces Leadership Matters, a new question-and-answer feature that poses questions on leadership to Valley CEOs and other business leaders. Manny Vela CEO, Valley Baptist Health System   What are…

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Big Freeze: Pathway to Pain Relief

Vaporized nitrogen flows from a cryosauna as Cryo Body Perfections owner Margret DeBruyan holds the door open. (VBR)

Margret DeBruyn is a walking advertisement for cryotherapy. After a bad car crash she was left with chronic back pain when she tried cryotherapy and was amazed with the results. That prompted her to start a business to help others find relief. “It’s something that is really amazing,” she said. “If you are in chronic pain it chips away at your life. You start to miss out on life. We…

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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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