Brownsville is home to some of the most technologically advanced health care facilities. Our doctors and nurses are highly experienced and truly committed to providing high quality, cost-effective care. The Brownsville health care community continually raises the bar and is dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of lives by the persistent development and improvement of the services it provides. Brownsville has two major hospitals, which are among the city’s top employers. There are also other surgical and rehabilitation hospitals and numerous specialty clinics that provide a full range of medical services.
Our two major hospitals, Valley Regional Medical Center and Valley Baptist Medical Center, offer the highest caliber of healthcare facilities and are highly renowned in the medical field. Valley Regional Medical Center has been recognized by HealthGrades for their clinical excellence and high scoring among the nation’s full-service hospitals in 2008 and 2010. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, the Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville was recognized by the American Heart Association with the Triple Crown Award for the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke. Out of about 1,525 hospitals nation-wide participating in the American Heart Association’s database for stroke care, 757 hospitals participating in the database for coronary artery disease, and 595 hospitals participating for heart failure, Valley Baptist-Brownsville was one out of 35 hospitals nation-wide who received awards in all three categories. In 2009 Valley Baptist-Brownsville was the only hospital in Texas (and one of only 13 in the entire nation) to receive three “gold” awards, which go to hospitals that have an 85% or greater compliance with national guidelines for at least 24 consecutive months for care of coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke.
With physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of high quality programs, including, advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, women’s services, pediatric services and neonatal intensive care.
Valley Baptist-Brownsville is the largest hospital and boasts an award-winning Emergency Department and Level 3 Trauma Center. In addition, Valley Baptist-Brownsville was the first hospital in Texas to receive a “Target Stroke Honor Roll” award for fast response in treating patients who come to the hospital with life threatening symptoms of stroke.
UTRGV Medical School
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley will be home to a School of Medicine projected to transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in research and healthcare. The School of Medicine will open in 2016.
With the intention of becoming an internationally recognized epicenter for the research and treatment of diabetes and obesity, UTRGV and its medical school have created The South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute. The institute was established to advance research of diabetes and obesity, develop better treatments and ultimately improve the health of residents in South Texas and beyond.