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  • Stroke Center

    When a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts, a stroke occurs. At Valley Baptist Medical Center, our award-winning stroke treatment can lessen a stroke’s impact and help you recover faster.

    Stroke Risk Assessment
  • Neurosurgery

    Valley Baptist Medical Center is at the forefront of stroke treatment, but we also are able to perform the most delicate procedures and surgeries on the brain and deal with a wide variety of other vascular issues.

    Stroke Risk Assessment
  • Endovascular

    As a certified primary stroke center, Valley Baptist is the Rio Grande Valley’s leading stroke specialist and your choice for neurology and neuroendovascular services.

    Stroke Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Research Center

    Aided by the National Institutes of Health, our doctors are helping to create the cutting-edge treatments of tomorrow.

    Stroke Risk Assessment


2014 Get with the Guidelines Harlingen


2014 Get with the Guidelines Brownsville

Brain and Spine Network

When it comes to stroke prevention, education and treatment, Valley Baptist is the Rio Grande Valley’s first choice. We are the only comprehensive neuroscience center in the Rio Grande Valley, where the Brain and Spine Network composed of trained professionals work to offer the most extensive stroke treatment services in the Valley.  We are a certified Primary Stroke Center, which means that there is no one better suited to take care of you. Our award-winning, nationally recognized stroke specialists deliver advanced medical services for stroke that are the best in the region. If you think you are having a stroke, we’re the place to be.

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Meet Our Physicians


Dr.Victoria Parada

Dr. Victoria Parada

Dr. Luis Guitan

Dr. Luis Gaitan

Dr. Felix Rivera

Dr. Felix Rivera

Endovascular Neurologists

Dr. Ameer Hassan

Dr. Ameer Hassan

Dr. Wondwossen Tekle


Dr. Alejandro Betancourt

Dr. Alejandro Betancourt

Dr. Jose Dones

Dr. Jose Dones

Nursing Professionals

Erlinda Abantao

Erlinda Abantao, RN

Dr Julio Olmeda

Julio C. Olmeda, APRN, FNP-BC

Meet the Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen Stroke Team
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Primary Stroke Center

As a certified primary stroke center, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen and Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville are the only is the only hospital in the region to offer a full range of stroke-care services. From our Level III trauma center, neurological ICU, and fellowship-trained physicians available 24/7, we get you better faster. 

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Valley Baptist Medical Center's highly trained neurosurgeons are able to perform the most complex surgeries, greatly reducing the effects of stroke or other vascular conditions, and getting you back to your life quickly and safely.

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Endovascular Excellence

 Our endovascular specialists can perform the most complex procedures here in the community, so there’s no reason for you to travel outside the Rio Grande Valley for the best, most advanced care available.

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Advanced Research Center

Valley Baptist Medical Center is home to advanced research on stroke and other neurological conditions. Aided by the National Institutes of Health, our doctors are helping to create the cutting-edge treatments of tomorrow.

Dr. Wondwossen Tekle's Research

Stroke Treatment

Would you know if you were having a stroke? Many physicians refer to a stroke as a “brain attack,” because just like a heart attack, the faster it’s treated, the better.

The warning signs for stroke include:

  • Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Decrease in your level of consciousness
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Dizziness or convulsions
  • Sudden loss of vision or sudden blurred vision

Call 911 if you experience any of these stroke symptoms.

National Recognition

Valley Baptist has been recognized by the Joint Commission and has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Award for its stroke prevention and treatment services, which means we use all the latest stroke treatments and techniques for stroke care. If you or a loved one may be having a stroke, we are ready to help.

The American Stroke Association and American Heart Association have also once again awarded Valley Baptist Harlingen and Valley Baptist Brownsville “Gold Plus” awards for care of stroke patients in 2014. The national awards program, Get With The Guidelines, is designed to help ensure that the care hospitals provide for stroke patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.

Valley Baptist Harlingen also received the “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” award from the American Heart Association for fast response in treating patients who come to the hospital with life-threatening symptoms for stroke. “Honor Roll” status is given to hospitals which consistently treat stroke patients with life-saving medications within an hour after the patient arrives at the hospital. When it comes to stroke, every minute counts, because “time lost is brain lost.”