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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.

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Valley Baptist Health System Recognized by State Health Services for Quality Maternity Care

Jan 18, 2021

HARLINGEN & BROWNSVILLE – While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has upended normal life in 2020, Valley Baptist Health System recently received recognition for its efforts to provide safe care for expectant and delivering mothers throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) honored both Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville and Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen for their commitment to the TexasAIM Plus program, a partnership with state health services, the Texas Hospital Association, and 219 hospitals across the state to reduce preventable mortality and morbidity in maternity patients.

“On behalf of the Texas Department of State Health Services, I thank you for your invaluable participation in TexasAIM Plus,” wrote Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner, in a letter to both hospitals. “It is because of your commitment to maternal health and safety that we become closer to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in Texas.”

According to the Texas Hospital Association, the goal of the TexasAIM is to work to reduce incidents of obstetric hemorrhage, improve obstetric care for women with opioid use disorder, and reduce severe hypertension in pregnancy. Through TexasAIM Plus, participating hospitals have “access to individualized technical assistance, facilitated learning, sharing, networking, access to resources, and guided support from experts in maternity safety and quality improvement,” according to information from the Texas Hospital Association.

Director of Women’s Services : Labor and Delivery / OBOR / Mother-Baby

Miriam Longoria, director of women’s services, labor & delivery, mother-baby, and the Obstetrical Operating Room at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, said Valley Baptist’s participation in the TexasAIM Plus program should help local expectant mothers rest at east knowing both hospitals are committed to providing safe and effective maternity care.

“The TexasAIM program focuses on standardizing care in order to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality as it is related to preventable deaths. We are saving lives with the knowledge and collaboration we gain from participation,” she said. “This initiative impacts everyone. When you, or someone you love, comes to deliver their baby at Valley Baptist in Brownsville, you can rest assured the staff is ready to recognize risks factors associated with maternal complications, and also to act swiftly and efficiently to decrease adverse outcomes. We do all of this with a focus on holistic and family-centered care.”

Isaura Figueroa, clinical director of labor and delivery & Valley Baptist-Harlingen’s Obstetrical Emergency Department, said that focusing on best practices related to safety is key to providing high-quality care for the community’s expectant mothers.

“Being a Plus participant for TexasAIM has helped us establish best practice safety bundles for our obstetrical population, including obstetrical hemorrhages, COVID-19 positive and high blood pressure patients,” she said. “This was completed in collaborating with other Texas hospitals and helps decrease maternal morbidity and mortality by incorporating the 4 Rs; readiness, recognition, response, and reporting for every obstetrical patient in every situation. The Valley has a high incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiac disease, so this will definitely make a difference for our community.”

For more information on the TexasAIM Plus program, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/mch/TexasAIM.aspx, and for more information on maternity services at Valley Baptist Health System, visit https://www.valleybaptist.net/services/obstetrics.