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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Speaks in Anticipation of Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Grand Opening Next Month in the RGV

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Photo by Roberto Hugo González
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Photo by Roberto Hugo González
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By Roberto Hugo González

As the landscape of pediatric healthcare evolves in the United States, the Rio Grande Valley has marked a significant milestone by opening its first children’s hospital, becoming the 33rd standalone children’s hospital in the nation and the sixth in Texas. This development enhances the healthcare infrastructure and profoundly impacts the lives of families across the region.

Attendees at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital press conference anticipate the Grand Opening in May 2024. Pictured from left: Texas Senator Charles Schwertner, MD, Texas State Senator Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa, Dr. Guy Bailey, President of UTRGV, and Val LaMantia of L&F Distributors. They gathered to discuss the new facility’s significant impact on the Rio Grande Valley community. Photo by Roberto Hugo González

Bringing Families Closer in Times of Need

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During a significant ceremony, Teresa Rodriguez, the Marketing and Communications Officer for Driscoll, highlighted the importance of this new facility. “As you can see, there are so many Driscoll stories. With this great hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, we will get the families closer together when they need it most,” Rodriguez stated. Her words accentuated the central vision of the hospital—reducing the travel burden on families seeking specialized pediatric care and providing timely and high-quality medical services closer to home.

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

The establishment of the hospital was championed by figures such as Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who have worked tirelessly to secure funding and support for this and other healthcare projects in the region. At the ceremony, Senator Hinojosa introduced the main speaker and praised the Lt. Governor for his enduring commitment to the valley, detailing the financial achievements and projects realized under his leadership, including significant investments in mental health and cancer treatment facilities.

Lt. Governor Patrick shared personal anecdotes that connected his family’s experiences to the hospital’s bigger mission. He reminisced about past interactions involving his mother and Senator Hinojosa and discussed his role on the board of beingangel.org, an organization dedicated to aiding children with disabilities. This, he noted, aligns with the hospital’s mission to provide specialized care not just for acute medical needs but for long-term health challenges.

The new children’s hospital is more than a healthcare facility; it catalyzes economic growth and cultural solidarity in the Rio Grande Valley. In his remarks, Lt. Governor Patrick painted a picture of a region poised for explosive growth, with projections indicating a significant increase in population over the coming decades. He emphasized that the hospital represents a critical infrastructure that will meet the increasing healthcare needs of a growing population, ensuring that children can receive high-quality care without the need to travel far from home.

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Lt. Governor Patrick also invoked the historical perspective, quoting historian David McCullough to remind attendees that “there is no such thing as history,” suggesting that history is made by the decisions and actions of people in their time. This philosophical reflection was aimed at reinforcing the importance of community effort and the role of every individual in building a better future for the next generations.

A Milestone for the Rio Grande Valley

As the Rio Grande Valley embraces its first children’s hospital, the community reflects on the journey that brought them here and the path forward. The facility is not just a building; it is a hope and a promise of a healthier future for children in the region.

This new children’s hospital in the Rio Grande Valley is not just an answer to a prayer for many families; it is a foundation for future growth and a symbol of the valley’s commitment to its children and to the American dream of good health and quality life.

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