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Harlingen, Texas 78550


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VBMC Harlingen

Welcome to Valley Baptist Medical Center — Harlingen. With more than 2,000 employees and 375 medical staff members, our goal is to offer our patients excellent service in a faith-based environment. From our humble beginning in 1925 we have grown along with the expanding population in the Rio Grande Valley while staying true to our mission.

That’s Valley Baptist Care.

Manny Vela  6-16-10 006b
CEO, Valley Baptist Health System 

Specialty Services and Locations

Bariatric Clinic

The Valley Baptist Surgical Weight Loss Program offers several surgical options, including laparoscopic gastric sleeve, laparoscopic gastric bypass and Lap Band procedures.

Family Practice Residency Clinic

The mission of the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program is to provide excellent care to our 20,000 patients, quality training to our residents and compassionate outreach in our community as we strive to follow Christ’s example of healing lives and relationships.

Sesame Family Clinic 

The Sesame Family Clinic physicians and staff offer comprehensive medical care for the entire family.  From flu shots to a sprained ankle to annual check-ups and more, the Sesame Family Clinic can be your family's medical home.  

Sleep Center

The Sleep Center at VBMC was Harlingen’s first facility dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric sleep disorders and since 1996 has helped thousands of patients achieve a better night’s sleep.


For almost 100 years, Valley Baptist has been your community partner for health and wellness. And it’s not just taking care of you, either. VBMC- Harlingen is actively involved in training the next generation of physicians through its partnership with the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC), a subsidiary of the renowned University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. As a teaching hospital, our faculty physicians train medical students in the third and fourth years of medical school, as well as training residents in the specialties of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.

We are also very proud of our expanded relationship with the Veterans Administration (VA), which allows the men and women who served our country to stay in the Valley, rather than travel to San Antonio, for most of their healthcare needs. 

Important numbers

Main Hospital (956) 389-1100

Medical Records Department (956) 389-1713

Patient Accounts (956) 389-2041


Valley Baptist exists to serve you – from treatment to wellness – and all the stages in between. That’s Valley Baptist Care.

We strive to provide the highest quality treatment, education and community service. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals works together to provide comprehensive, compassionate care in the most easily accessible way. No matter what kind of care you need, our goal is always your good health.

From routine visits to life-threatening emergencies, we’re ready to serve you. We want to provide you with the best service and care possible in a faith-based environment, and wish you a speedy recovery and an early return to your home, family and friends. Your safe care and quick recovery are our primary concern.

Valley Baptist Health News Network

The Valley Baptist Health News Network constantly adds new, informative videos that keep you up to date on everything happening within our hospital system.

Watch our medical videos to find out about:

  • State-of-the-art treatments
  • New services
  • Our dedicated staff
  • Tips to stay well
  • “How to” recognize problems

Watch Our Medical Videos

Bariatric Clinic

At Valley Baptist, we know that living with excess weight can hold you back from living your life to the fullest. The Valley Baptist Surgical and Medical Weight Loss Program offers several surgical options, including laparoscopic gastric sleeve and laparoscopic gastric bypass.

But there’s more to our program than the surgeries. Empathetic staff members who also have been patients and knowledgeable office staff who  work with you on insurance and other paperwork can answer questions or allay fears. We personally guide patients through the entire process, from pre-surgery requirements, to the surgery itself, lifestyle changes, and support groups.

Learn More

Valley Baptist holds free seminars from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Harlingen. 

Click here to get the dates for upcoming seminars in Harlingen.

For more information, contact Program Director Dawn Rodriguez by email, or at (956) 389-6896.

Family Practice Residency Clinic

Welcome to the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program. We provide faith-based health care for nearly 20,000 people in the South Texas region. Ours is a Christ-centered training program with a Biblical worldview. Come and see how people of faith are able to share their lives, their love and their medical skills in a way that is effective and satisfying to the professional and to the patients.

Our Mission

The mission of our program is to provide excellent care to our patients, quality training to our residents and compassionate outreach in our community as we strive to follow Christ’s example of healing lives and relationships. That’s Valley Baptist Care.

We are a Christ-centered training program with a Biblical worldview. As people of faith we disciple our students and residents.  We teach them how to share their lives, their love and their medical skills in a way that is effective and satisfying.

We believe in real outreach to our community:

  • Wednesday free clinics serve the very poorest Colonias in our tri-county area
  • Our Summer Medical Institute brings tangible signs of our love and investment into lives of many economically stressed neighbors

Contact Us

For more information, on our benefits, our residents and staff, please visit our clinic website, email us at or call us at (956) 389-2440.

Family Practice Residency Clinic
2222 Benwood Drive
Harlingen, TX 78550

Sesame Family Clinic

When it comes to finding the best primary care in the Rio Grande Valley, you don’t have to look any further than the Sesame Family Clinic, where our staff of physicians offer comprehensive medical care for the entire family.  We treat a wide range of illnesses and complaints, including:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting 
  • Flue Symptoms
  • Infections
  • Pink eye
  • Minor burns
  • Diabetes
  • Ear aches
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Minor injuries
  • Wound care
  • Hypertension
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Suture removal
  • Cholesterol
  • Well Woman Care (excluding OB)
  • and More!

Our staff of highly trained professionals are here to serve you:

  • Erica Espinoza, M.D., Board Certified in Family Practice
  • Michelle Aliotta, M.D., Board Certified in Family Practice
  • Fadi Alfayoumi, M.D., Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular disease
  • Juan Briones, PA-C, Certified Physician Assistant
The Sesame Family Clinic offers online scheduling of your appointment for your convenience.

We are conveniently located near the Expressway off Ed Carey Drive (behind Whataburger)

Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurances accepted.  

Office hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.  
For an appointment, please call (956) 423-8042.  Walk-ins are welcome.  


Sesame Family Clinic

707 W. Sesame Drive, Harlingen
(956) 423-8042

Sleep Center

Approximately 70 million Americans have trouble sleeping. If you are one of them, the sleep specialists at Valley Baptist Medical Center can help.

The Sleep Center at VBMC was Harlingen’s first sleep specialty facility, and is dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric sleep disorders. Since 1996 this state-of the art diagnostic facility has evaluated and assisted area physicians in helping thousands of people get a good night’s sleep, every night.  

Prior to the lab opening, Valley residents often had to travel to McAllen, San Antonio, Houston or Corpus Christi for specialized testing. Having a sleep center in the Valley not only saves money and time for these families, it may save lives.

Conditions we treat

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by loud irregular snoring followed by periods of breathlessness or gasping/choking during sleep. Other symptoms associated with sleep apnea may include: excessive daytime sleepiness, falling asleep during the day, falling asleep while driving, hypertension, frequent awakenings (to urinate) and morning headaches. Left untreated, this disorder could lead to stress on the heart, a progressive deterioration of health and possibly sudden death at night. 

Narcolepsy is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, disturbed nocturnal sleep and pathological manifestations of REM sleep (e.g., cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnogogic hallucinations). The manifestation can be a nuisance during the early stages to severely incapacitating as it develops. While excessive daytime sleepiness is the main symptom, napping behavior is usually a clue to the presence of this disease. A nap will usually relieve the sleepiness. This disorder usually begins to show up in people during their early teens or twenties.

Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep PLMS and Restless Leg Syndrome RLS refer to either rhythmic limb movements during sleep or uncontrollable “achy, crawling” sensations in the legs. Through a polysomnogram we can identify the disorder.

REM Behavior Disorders

A rare condition in which the paralysis that occurs during REM sleep does not take hold, and people who behave normally while awake get up and act out their dreams or exhibit violent behavior while asleep.

Insomnia is a symptom. If deemed appropriate, a sleep evaluation may be useful in determining the underlying cause. 

Infant Sleep Apnea - Premature infants are particularly susceptible to sleep apnea, which has been associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). There is literature also linking sleep apnea to ADD and many children are misdiagnosed without proper testing. 

Infant Parasomnias are disruptive phenomenons that occur during sleep. These include waking up confused, sleepwalking, sleep terrors, nightmares and sleep paralysis.

To make an appointment or for more information, please call (956) 425-6400.

Contact Us

At Valley Baptist Medical Center we are committed to patient-centered care. We want to hear your comments, concerns and suggestions, whether you are a patient, family member, employee or member of the community. Ask a question, leave comment or making a simply give us call. At VBMC, we’re here to help.

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen
2101 Pease Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550
(956) 389-1100

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