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Welcome to Valley Baptist Health System

Welcome to the award-winning and nationally recognized Valley Baptist Health System.  Serving South Texas for nearly 100-years as a faith-based regional health system, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen and Valley Baptist Micro-Hospital – Weslaco, are supported by Free Standing Emergency Centers, the FIRST Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Valley, comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services, a specialized children’s unit with a dedicated pediatric emergency unit, a specialty women’s center, geriatric behavioral health clinic, breast center, heart and vascular clinic, community reference laboratories, family care clinics, fitness center, healthy women’s centers, imaging centers, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, neurology center, family practice residency clinic, a physician network, and the Valley Baptist School of Vocational Nursing.

From celebrating the birth of your newborn babies to restoring health or treating you in an emergency, we know that care is more than medicine.  Valley Baptist is focused on helping our community achieve health for life through compassionate service inspired by faith, prompted by kindness and, an experience based on excellence.

The Valley Baptist network of care features 866-beds and includes more than 500 physicians, which are supported by 3,500 clinical and non-clinical staff members.  And, it extends many of its services beyond its facilities and into local communities, offering free medical screenings, supporting groups and numerous educational opportunities.   

Valley Baptist – Built on a Community of Care and safety.  We are honored to have the opportunity to serve you.

A Community Built on Care

Caring, nurturing and helping heal friends, loved ones and neighbors is our passion, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to serve you.

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Price Transparency

We understand that it can be confusing to estimate treatment costs before choosing care. A comprehensive list of the hospital’s shoppable services and standard charges for services are available for review.

News & Announcements

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Jan 7, 2019

About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.  Valley Baptist Healthy System wants to educate and provide some helpful tips to reduce your risk and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but can often be treated successfully when detected early on.  Prevention and understanding your risk factors are the best way to prevent prostate cancer.

Ways to reduce your risk:

  • Speak with your doctor to discuss potential risk factors.
  • East at least 2 ½ cups of a wide variety of vegetables each day.
  • Maintain a physically active lifestyle.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.

It is recommended, in general, that prostate cancer screenings begin around age 50 if you have no risk factors.  If you have a family history of prostate, ovarian, breast, colon, or pancreatic cancer, consider screening starting in your early 40’s.  Other risk factors, if you have African ancestry, consider screening starting at around 45.

Early prostate cancer typically does not cause any symptoms. Advanced cases, however, convey symptoms including:

  • Problems urinating, including a weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or even loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on spinal cord.

“We encourage all men to begin to have conversations with their doctors at a younger age so they can discuss risk factors that may be present,” said Patty Vega, RN, Nursing Director of Oncology Services for Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen.  “The best way to prevent prostate cancer is to know your risks and be proactive with your health.”

September is recognized as National Prostate Cancer Awareness month to encourage prostate screening and understanding your risk factors.

To learn more about Valley Baptist Medical Center’s Oncology services, visit: https://www.valleybaptist.net/our-services/cancer-care