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Topping Off Ceremony Brings Driscoll Closer To Opening

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The Topping Off Ceremony for Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley, currently being built in Edinburg, is Driscoll’s latest milestone in bringing the best pediatric healthcare possible to the children of the RGV. Courtesy Image
The Topping Off Ceremony for Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley, currently being built in Edinburg, is Driscoll’s latest milestone in bringing the best pediatric healthcare possible to the children of the RGV. Courtesy Image

EDINBURG, Texas – The Topping Off Ceremony for Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley, currently being built in Edinburg, is Driscoll’s latest milestone in bringing the best pediatric healthcare possible to the children of the RGV.

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A view from the ground to the top of the hospital. Image by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

Held Thursday, Nov. 10, the Topping Off Ceremony celebrated placing the last steel beam on the building, which is expected to open in late 2023. During the ceremony, a Mexican White Oak Topping Tree was included, symbolizing good wishes for future occupants and continued growth.

Hospital officials and the last beam to be raised. Courtesy Image
Workers and the final beam to be raised. Courtesy Image

“The Topping Off Ceremony is a time-honored tradition in the construction industry. We are happy to be at this point in the building process and we are eager to open the doors of our new hospital to the Valley’s children,” said Matt Wolthoff, President of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley.

The final beam to be raised. Courtesy Image 

Driscoll has had a strong presence in the Rio Grande Valley for decades, with specialty centers in Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen staffed by Driscoll pediatric subspecialists and other team members.

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Matt Wolthoff, President of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley speaks to the crowd. Courtesy Image

In addition to Wolthoff, other speakers included Eric Hamon, President and CEO of Driscoll Health System, Lenora Keas, Board Chair of Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Laurie Lozano, Board Member of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Development Foundation.

Matt Wolthoff President of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley. Courtesy Image

“We are proud that Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will be able to serve the children and families of the entire region 24/7/365. Best of all, the Valley’s newest hospital will get kids back to being kids,” said Hamon.

A Worker signs the beam. Courtesy Image

Ground was broken on the new hospital Nov. 16, 2021. It is located on the campus of DHR Health; however, it will be leased to and operated independently by Driscoll Children’s Hospital, implementing the passion-driven know-how of pediatric care that Driscoll has provided their service area for many decades.

Workers sign the beam. Courtesy Image

Driscoll has an almost 70-year history of providing expert care to the children of South Texas. As construction continues, the Driscoll team is busy recruiting staff and physicians, and ensuring the children of the Rio Grande Valley will have access to the best pediatric care in South Texas.

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Workers sign the beam. Courtesy Image

Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will operate with approximately 600 employees, creating significant economic impact and new job opportunities for clinical and support staff in the Valley, solidifying their role as an important part of the Valley’s community.

A Worker signs the beam. Courtesy Image

Wolthoff is pleased with the hospital’s progress and is excited about the opportunities it will offer families in the Valley.

A Worker signs the beam. Courtesy Image

“The entire Rio Grande Valley is looking forward to having a comprehensive free-standing children’s hospital here at home. The overwhelming support we are receiving from our community is incredibly inspiring,” said Wolthoff.

A happy hospital worker admiring the signatures. Courtesy Image

The new, freestanding, independently operated, eight-level pediatric hospital will further the mission of Driscoll Children’s Hospital founder Clara Driscoll to provide medical care to all the children of South Texas.

Matt Wolthoff, President of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley, speaks with a worker at the site. Courtesy Image

“Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley is the next step in a long history of commitment to caring for the kids of South Texas. It aligns perfectly with the vision of Clara Driscoll to ensure children in South Texas have access to high quality healthcare,” said Wolthoff. “The goal is that our kids and families in the Rio Grande Valley will, with very few exceptions, no longer have to travel for specialty care.”

Matt Wolthoff, President of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley. Courtesy Image

About Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley …

Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will be a new state-of-the-art, independent and the only designated freestanding children’s hospital in the region. Patient services will include Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Emergency Services, and Acute Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery. The new hospital also will provide numerous other pediatric services including rehabilitation, imaging, laboratory, and specialty programs such as the Child Life Program. Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will greatly enhance our commitment to providing children with more convenient access to specialty and acute care services in the Rio Grande Valley.

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