WATCH: Sen. Hinojosa and Sen. Lucio Headline Live Broadcast on COVID 19

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Mega Doctor News

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, will be joined by leaders with the region’s largest hospital systems and one of the top officials with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine for a live broadcast on the Internet to update South Texans on the latest legislative and medical news dealing with COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley.

In addition to Hinojosa and Lucio, the event, which will be conducted as a panel discussion, will include Carlos Cárdenas, MD, Chair, Board of Managers, DHR Health, Lance Ames, CEO, Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Cris Rivera, CEO, Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, and John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Dean, UTRGV School of Medicine.

Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will serve as the moderator for the event, which is part of the quarterly Public Affairs Livestream of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

Bert Ogden Auto Group is sponsoring the scheduled 90-minute Public Affairs Livestream, which begins at 10 a.m., to be broadcast from the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

The 54,000-square foot Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance – which is owned and operated by DHR Health – has hosted several hundred events in its hometown over the past dozen years, serving as one of deep South Texas’ premier state-of-the-art venues for a wide range of gatherings for people from all walks of life.

However, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only the participants and the news media will be allowed into the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance for the Public Affairs Livestream in order to protect the public health.

“We are pleased to have policy makers and healthcare professionals explore how we can prioritize healthcare policies to create a stronger healthcare,” said Ronnie Larralde, Executive Director, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

The panelists also will provide key measures that businesses can use to reduce the risk of transmission, outbreak preparedness and combating misinformation. 

“We thought it is an important community service to keep everyone updated on health system preparedness and state commitment to our health during this pandemic,” said Mario Lizcano, Health Administrator of Corporate Affairs, DHR Health, and Vice President of Public Affairs, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.