Dr. Lucy G. Willis, chairwoman of the board of trustees, and Dr. Jose A. De Luna, chief of staff, cut the celebratory ribbon surrounded by Valley Regional Medical Center colleagues and community and chamber members.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – On Monday, June 12, 2023, Valley Regional Medical Center (VRMC) revealed the completed main lobby renovation and its new calming water feature.

The renovation project began on January 6, 2023 in the pharmacy department, then expanded into the imaging and day surgery areas, laboratory and the main entrance lobby. The renovation of the main lobby is one of many 2023 facility investments led by Lauren Davis, chief operating officer, and Sergio Loya, director of plant operations. Soon, a refresh of the labor and delivery department will follow. In addition to the facility renovation, VRMC has invested in a new 256-slice CT with cardiac imaging capabilities, a third Xi robotic system and surgical spine/neurosurgery equipment. In just a few months, VRMC will upgrade the MRI unit to include cardiac MRI capabilities and acquire new nuclear medicine equipment. So far, in 2023, the hospital has invested $7.1M in upgrades.

Colleagues, physicians, members of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and the Brownsville community gathered for the big reveal and a special blessing from Pedro Guzman, interim director of VRMC’s pastoral care program, and Dr. Bill Moore, pastor at Livingway Church.

“With Lauren and Sergio’s leadership, we continue to see a vast transformation of our facility, which allows us to better serve our community and provide them with a safe, comfortable space to receive the high level of healthcare they deserve,” said David Irizarry, chief executive officer at Valley Regional Medical Center. “Throughout its nearly 50-year history, VRMC continues to invest in raising the bar of the healthcare services provided to our community.”