Category Archives: Healthcare

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…

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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,…

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UoH Satellite Pharmacy Program Opens

UoH satellite pharmacy program opens in Edinburg. (photo City of Edinburg)

Program serves College of Pharmacy Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and the University of Houston are opening a satellite pharmacy program for its College of Pharmacy in Edinburg. The program serves as a teaching site for the college’s Professional Pharmacy Hispanic Healthcare Certificate Program. The program will help close disparity gaps in health care in the Rio Grande Valley. Students will train in a team-based approach with medical students and students from…

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JET grant provides medical training

STC recently received a $223,109 JET grant to assist in training for careers in the medical profession. (photo STC)

STC award provides 150 with training South Texas College is the recipient of a $223,109 Jobs and Education for Texans grant (JET grant) from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant helps the college purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students with training for careers in the medical profession. This includes positions such as licensed practical and vocational nurses. The JET program provides funding for equipment for the purpose of developing…

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Heart Hospital Receives Mission: Lifeline Award

McAllen Heart Hospital

American Heart Association honors McAllen Heart Hospital The McAllen Heart Hospital is the recipient of the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. Given by the American Heart Association, the award recognizes implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA for the treatment of heart attack patients. The award means McAllen Heart Hospital has met specific criteria and standards of performance. This criteria relates to the quick and appropriate treatment…

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STC and ISDs Address Nursing Shortage

Nurses come together at the announcement of Project HEAL2

Dual enrollment looks to increase nursing workforce South Texas College and three local school districts came together recently to kick off a professional nursing dual enrollment project. Project Health Education and Leadership for All (Project HEAL2) aims to create a pipeline to prepare more nurses going into the healthcare profession. The Region One Education Service Center, together with STC, La Joya ISD, PSJA ISD, South Texas ISD and Doctors Hospital…

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Freestanding Emergency Room Coming to Edinburg

Emergency Room is Seventh for STHS A new freestanding emergency room from South Texas Health System is on the horizon after a groundbreaking May 24. Leaders from STHS, City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County broke the ground at the corner of Monte Cristo Road and Interstate 69. The facility opens in early 2018. This is the third emergency room for STHS in two years, with Weslaco and Mission open. The…

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Continuing Nursing Education offered by STC

First Continuing Nursing Education course starts April 19 South Texas College and its Nursing and Allied Health campus will soon offer specialized Continuing Education Units for Continuing Nursing Education-specific training. It will be available for nurses and nursing educators throughout the region. The first session, “Nursing Leadership,” takes place April 19 at the NAH campus in McAllen at 1 p.m. Its next session, “Nursing Curriculum,” will begin in May. Subsequent sessions will include…

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Medical community invited to SPI conference

Speaker Z-Dogg, MD

Medical expo specific to South Texas region The 25th annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition takes place April 28-29, providing physicians with both concise and authoritative information on the most up-to-date treatment of problems frequently encountered in the South Texas region. The conference is open to all South Texas primary care and specialty physicians. Pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students and other health professionals are invited…

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UTRGV School of Medicine Update

Local healthcare leaders give UTRGV School of Medicine update to state legislators Dr. Leonel Vela, senior associate dean for Education and Academic Affairs at the UTRGV School of Medicine, recently provided an update on the SOM’s progress for visiting legislators. His address, along with others’, was part of a panel discussion during the Rio Grande Valley Partnership’s RGV Legislative Tour 2017. About 38 percent of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s…

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