EDINBURG, Texas – The new clinical practice of the UTRGV School of Medicine is housed in a nearly 18,000 square foot facility and offers services in vision, ob/gyn, primary and urgent care, as well as surgery.
UT-Health has 11 other patient care locations across the Valley in three counties; with only one other serving as a multi-specialty clinic in Harlingen.
Dr. Linda Nelson, “We would like to expand those choices to be able to be greater within this geographic area. We would like for everyone to be able to stay in the Valley to get the specialty care that they need. And I think this is one of the contributions to that.”
The first graduating class of UTRGV’s school of medicine will receive their PhD’s next spring and Dr. Nelson says UT-Health is hoping to recruit some of the future doctors.
“The med-school in the Valley is not only to train the Valley residents, the students, but to get them to stay in the Valley. Some of the statistics will show that if you train them, many of them stay where they’re trained,so not only med school but their residency.”
The main focuses of the facility, according to Mike Patriarca, Senior Associate Vice President of Health Affairs, are research, education and the clinical development of the RGV area.
He shares how UT-Health is working to provide high-quality health care in the region.
“We’re doing that based on educating the providers of tomorrow. We’re also actively doing that by bringing the clinical faculty down that will be educating the future providers of tomorrow. Also providing patient care to those in the Valley that either don’t have access to it, or don’t have access to the level of some specialty that is needed.”
The clinic is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and extends its hours until 9:00 p.m. for urgent care.