Brownsville, TX (February 10, 2016) - 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.”

The recognition for the maternity team reflects the emphasis on decreasing the number of early elective deliveries. An elective delivery occurs before 39 weeks and is performed for a nonmedical reason. The hospital was evaluated using objective data from provider surveys, Blue Plan claims data, plan surveys and publicly available comparative hospital metrics.

Valley Regional Medical Center delivers comprehensive birthing care and provides advanced care for premature newborns with special health needs.  The team entered an elite category, one of only 24 hospitals in South Texas to earn the Blue Distinction Designation for maternity care.  Programs named Blue Distinction Centers® have met nationally established quality care, patient safety and outcomes criteria for maternity care that have been developed with input from the medical community. Since its inception in January 2015, Blue Distinction Specialty Care has helped Blue Cross Blue Shield Association members, along with their physicians, identify facilities with a history of quality care.

About Valley Regional Medical Center

Valley Regional Medical Center is conveniently located at the corner of Expressway 77 and Alton Gloor Boulevard in Brownsville. 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 Regional Medical is a nationally recognized by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our Emergency Department is designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center treating a wide range of emergent needs 24 hours a day. For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, visit our website at