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Valley Regional Medical Center and the City of Brownsville will join an estimated 1,000 local groups and 100,000 seniors across the nation to celebrate the 23rd Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) on May 25th, 2016, at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion, 501 E. Ringgold Street in Brownsville.

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Valley Regional Medical Center launched the annual employee Hospital Week celebration, on Monday, May 9th, by recognizing the 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award winners; Yecica Serrata, Medical Staff Coordinator, Estella Barbosa, VRMC Auxiliary Volunteer, and Asim Zamir, MD. In addition to the local awards, VRMC celebrated Dr. Zamir as the Gulf Coast Division recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award.

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HCA today announced the appointment of Troy A. Villarreal as president of HCA’s Gulf Coast division effective June 20, 2016. Villarreal replaces Maura Walsh who recently announced her retirement after a nearly 30-year career with HCA. As Gulf Coast division president, Villarreal will have responsibility for 16 hospitals and a number of other free-standing facilities serving communities in Greater Houston, Corpus Christi and south Texas.

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Valley Regional Medical Center announces the use of a new electromagnetic bronchoscopy navigation system that supports physicians in the early detection of lung cancer. The minimally invasive alternative to surgery can benefit patients with small to detect and hard to reach lesions that traditional bronchoscopy technology could not effectively identify or reach. This system aids physicians in the early detection of lung cancer, which is the key to saving patients’ lives.

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Valley Regional Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center® for its maternity care program by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.“This designation recognizes our commitment to delivering quality specialty care that is safe and effective,” said Art Garza, Valley Regional Medical Center CEO. “The physicians, nurses and staff in our maternity center are pleased that the youngest of our patients are receiving care before and after delivery that is being recognized by a national association.”

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During Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month, Valley Regional Medical Center is educating the community on atrial fibrillation, or "AFib,” which is the most common type of arrhythmia. This condition affects over 2 million Americans, with 160,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular and often rapid heat rate. Symptoms typically include heart palpitations, chest pains, shortness of breath, and weakness.

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Valley Regional Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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Valley Regional Medical Center has been recognized by the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and caesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy. According to studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Valley Regional Medical Center and other hospitals that institute policies to eliminate non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks' gestation may have a positive impact on fetal outcomes.

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Employees at Valley Regional Medical believe giving to others is the best way to spend the holiday season. For more than 28 years, Sostenes Mireles, Laboratory Services Director and fellow employees have spent the winter holidays helping those in need.

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Valley Regional Medical Center and Dr. Orlando Ramirez helped Abril Elizondo and Ariel Munoz, Jr. welcome their daughter, Amiee to the world at 2:38am on January 1, 2014. Amiee weighs 6 lbs and 14.8 ozs and is 20” long. This is their first baby. Amiee is also the first granddaughter born to both families.

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