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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.   

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Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville to add More Locations for Screening Mammograms

Feb 23, 2022

BROWNSVILLE — While the month of October is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the need for screening mammograms aimed at early detection and successful treatment of breast cancer is a yearlong effort.

To that end, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville will soon offer additional options when it comes to receiving a critical mammogram screenings that could ultimately be life-saving. While 2D and 3D mammograms have long been offed at Valley Baptist-Brownsville’s main campus, the screenings will also soon be available within the next few weeks to local residents at the Valley Baptist Outpatient Imaging Center-Brownsville, said Greg Ruiz, Valley Baptist-Brownsville’s director of imaging services and respiratory care.

“We’re working as hard as we can to provide our community with options for receiving this much-needed service,” he said. “Early detection of breast cancer is absolutely critical when it comes to the quality of care and service for our community.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for more than one in three cancers diagnosed in the United States, making it the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2022, nearly 288,000 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, with the disease claiming more than 43,000 lives.

Early detection through mammogram screenings, increased public awareness of breast cancer, and improved treatments have helped reduce the mortality rate associated with breast cancer in the United States. Both 2D and 3D mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer when it is smaller and more confined to the breast, allowing the cancer to be treated more successfully, Ruiz said.

Traditional 2D mammograms provide radiologists with top and side images of the breast, while 3D mammograms provide multiple images of breast tissue from a variety of angles, which can aid radiologists when screening patients with particularly dense breast tissue and can reduce false positive screenings, Ruiz said.

As the community continues to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Valley Baptist-Brownsville continues to offer a number of safeguards to protect patients from the virus. Because a variety of health conditions can often worsen if they are not addressed in a timely manner, it is important not to delay regular health screenings, including mammograms, Ruiz said.

“Women should not be fearful or apprehensive about resuming or obtaining their health screenings,” he said. “We continue to provide our community with the highest quality of healthcare in the safest environment, and we continue to take patient safety extremely seriously. We understand that right now, some patients might not want to come to a traditional hospital environment, so offering another option at the Valley Baptist Outpatient Imaging Center-Brownsville is very important.”

For more information on imaging services offered at Valley Baptist-Brownsville and the Valley Baptist Outpatient Imaging Center-Brownsville, call (956) 698-5400 or (956) 698-4510, respectively. To learn more information on the signs, symptoms, and latest treatments for breast cancer, click here or https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html.

BREAKOUT BOX

  • According to the American Cancer Society:
    • Women aged 40 to 44 years should have the choice to start breast cancer screening once a year with mammography if they wish to do so. The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be considered.
    • Women aged 45 to 49 years should be screened with mammography annually.
    • Women aged 50 to 54 years should be screened with mammography annually.
    • For women aged 55 years and older, screening with mammography is recommended once every two years or once a year.
    • Women aged 55 years and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.
  • Contact Information:
    • Valley Baptist-Brownsville Imaging Department: (956) 698-5400
    • Valley Baptist Outpatient Imaging Center-Brownsville located at 5700 North Expressway Suite 109: (956) 698-4510