The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has launched UTHealth RGV, the school’s clinical practice which provides patients throughout the Valley additional access to primary and specialty care. The practice has several offices open, providing primary and specialty care. This includes pediatric genetics and neurology care, as well as women’s health specialists, general and endocrine surgery and rheumatology. Locations are found throughout the Valley, with more opening in coming months.
“UTHealth RGV further fulfills the School of Medicine’s promise to expand healthcare access across the Rio Grande Valley,” said Dr. John H. Krouse, executive vice president for Health Affairs at UTRGV and dean of the School of Medicine.
As assessment in 2014 of the area’s healthcare needs indicated that the number of physicians per population in the Valley is almost half of the physician-per-patient ratio for the United States, which is 240 doctors per 100,000 people. The Valley only has 124 doctors per 100,000 people.
“An important responsibility of our medical school is to provide patient care,” Krouse said. “The goal of this clinical practice – UTHealth RGV – is to lessen the need for patients to travel outside of the Valley to receive care from board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and other healthcare providers.”
Either by calling 1-833-UTRGVMD or visiting uthealthrgv.org, patients may view and contact locations in addition to requesting appointments.