The Rio Grande Valley is fortunate to have outstanding medical facilities that provide excellent health care for the citizens of the Alamo area, as well as the older Winter-Texan population during its April-November stay here.
The facilities also attract a growing number of patients from northern Mexico who seek treatment by area specialists.
There are 13 accredited hospitals with more than 2,400 beds, staffed by approximately 1,400 registered physicians representing more than 40 specialties. The hospitals are also major employers, providing approximately 10,200 jobs for nursing, technical and support personnel. New day-surgery facilities have been completed at several of the hospitals and new facilities or large additions are under way at others.
Not only does the medical community provide superior health care, it is a major contributor to the economy. The hospitals include: AMI Brownsville Medical Center, Brownsville; Charter Palms Hospital, McAllen; Columbia Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen; Columbia Valley Regional Medical Center, Brownsville; Dolly Vinsant Memorial Hospital, San Benito; Edinburg Regional Hospital, Edinburg; The Heart Hospital, McAllen; Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco; McAllen Medical Center, McAllen; Mission Hospital, Mission; South Texas Hospital and South Texas Women's Clinic (a state-supported facility); Starr County Hospital, Rio Grande City; and the Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen.
In addition, there are close to 100 private medical clinics providing a full range of medical services, including comprehensive diagnostic services and family night clinics. County health clinics provide a wide range of health care to area residents with limited incomes.
If there's one thing for sure, Alamo residents have a wide choice of quality health care from which to choose.