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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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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

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville designated Texas Ten Step Program facility

Aug 24, 2018
Promoting the benefits for new moms to breastfeed

BROWNSVILLE, August 22, 2018—Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville achieves yet another milestone by being the only hospital in Brownsville to earn the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Texas Ten Step hospitals elevate the standard of care for mothers and babies by implementing policies to improve maternity care practices in birthing centers. The education of hospital employees and accessibility to resources for breastfeeding mothers following discharge from the hospital are key objectives. The program works to advance more beneficial and favorable health outcomes for women and their infant children.

Those Ten Steps are based on expert research in infant health and wellbeing, and require that hospitals:
  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health-care staff.
  2. Train all health care employees in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Place babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour. Encourage mothers to recognize when their babies are ready to breastfeed and offer help if needed.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain breastfeeding as the source of nutrition, even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Solely provide infants with breastmilk for nutrition unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in by allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day while in the hospital.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand. Teach mothers cue-based feeding regardless of feeding method.
  9. Eliminate use of artificial nipples or pacifiers for breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from hospital or clinic.
“The Mother-Baby Team at Valley Baptist - Brownsville is committed to putting the health and well-being of our newest babies at the forefront of our care and are proud to support the overwhelming majority of women that are choosing to breastfeed,” said Dawn LeRoy, Chief Nursing Officer. “This designation is a remarkable achievement for our hospital, and we will continue to support new moms in raising happy, healthy babies.”

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville joins a growing number of Texas hospitals and birth centers that are helping create a culture of breastfeeding support for new mothers and families. “This is another important step in our effort to bring breastfeeding awareness to our community,” said Marimer Morales, Registered Nurse for Lactation Services at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. “It is important to our team that we are providing our mothers with the tools and encouragement they need to breastfeed their new babies.”

Just last month, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville received Gold-Level designation as a Mother-Friendly Worksite by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Valley Baptist-Brownsville now supplies employees who are nursing mothers with a private and peaceful atmosphere for nursing and/or pumping, and spaces to clean bottles and pumps.

August celebrates National Breastfeeding Month, which aims to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding. Learn more about Texas Ten Step program on their website.