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Driscoll Children’s Hospital Prepares for Grand Opening 

Key Investments in South Texas Announced

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State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. Photo by Roberto Hugo González
State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. Photo by Roberto Hugo González
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By Roberto Hugo González 

In a highly anticipated press conference on April 20, 2024, hosted by Driscoll Children’s Hospital, notable Texas state officials, including State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, detailed significant upcoming investments to enhance community services in South Texas. The event, a precursor to the hospital’s grand opening, focused on the health and economic initiatives expected to impact the region positively.

The conference highlighted that with the addition of the new facility in Edinburg, there are now 33 free-standing children’s hospitals across the United States, with Texas hosting six of these institutions. This expansion highlights Texas’ commitment to improving pediatric healthcare infrastructure.

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Sen. Hinojosa took the opportunity to introduce Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, reflecting on their long tenure and collaboration in the Texas Senate since 2006. Hinojosa emphasized Patrick’s commitment to fiscal conservatism, with a focus on reducing property and business taxes. A recent legislative session saw a successful reduction in property taxes by $8 billion, benefiting Texas residents significantly.

Moreover, Lt. Governor Patrick’s dedication to healthcare and children’s welfare was a focal point. Hinojosa remarked on Patrick’s efforts to negotiate funding for critical health infrastructure, including $6 million allocated to establish a Level I trauma center in DHR and $16 million to expand land capacity in the Rio Grande Valley. Additionally, substantial investments have been made in the region’s healthcare facilities, including $44.9 million for a new cancer surgical center and partnerships that have secured $85 million for a mental health hospital in Hidalgo County, plus $125 million for a high-security hospital in Harlingen and Cameron County.

These initiatives demonstrate a robust commitment to enhancing both healthcare infrastructure and economic growth in South Texas, promising a brighter future for families in the region. The presence of high-level state officials at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital press conference not only accentuated the importance of these developments but also ensured that the community was well-informed and prepared to take advantage of the new facilities and services soon to be available.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is set to mark a significant expansion in its healthcare services with the grand opening of its new facility in Edinburg on May 1, 2024. This state-of-the-art, eight-story hospital represents a monumental investment of over $100 million and demonstrates Driscoll’s commitment as the premier healthcare provider for children in South Texas.

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The Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will commence operations with more than 600 employees and 119 pediatric beds. From its opening day, the nonprofit hospital will offer comprehensive emergency care and a range of pediatric specialty services to children and adolescents. It is projected to generate $124.7 million per year in economic growth for Texas, highlighting its significant impact not only on healthcare but also on the local economy.

Established in 1953, Driscoll has grown to become the largest and fastest-growing healthcare system in the region, currently operating Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi and various specialty centers and clinics across South Texas. The upcoming Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will be the region’s first freestanding designated children’s hospital, enhancing Driscoll’s capability to provide specialized pediatric care.

Driscoll Health Plan, a nonprofit community-based health plan part of Driscoll, offers Texas families access to local physicians and other life-saving benefits, further solidifying its role in supporting the health and well-being of the community.

The recent press conference attended by notable state officials, including State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, brought to light the substantial investments being made in health and infrastructure in the Rio Grande Valley. Senator Hinojosa highlighted Lt. Governor Patrick’s long-standing commitment to healthcare and children, noting his key role in securing funding for critical projects such as a Level I trauma center and a mental health hospital in the region.

As Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley prepares to open its doors, it promises to be the prayed hope of health for families in South Texas. Its mission is to provide exceptional pediatric care and foster economic growth through its extensive healthcare services.

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