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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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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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World Stroke Day – October 29th

Jan 7, 2019

Living life after a stroke

When a stroke occurs, the hardest part can be moving on with your life and facing the crippling effects it can leave a person with.  World Stroke Day is October 29th and Valley Baptist Health System is bringing awareness to this complex medical issue and how to live life after a stroke. 

Stroke is the leading cause of disability globally and can affect anyone at any age.  When a stroke occurs the repercussions are felt by the survivor and family and friends. 

Yet, according to the World Stroke Organization, around 1in 10 more people make an excellent recovery when cared from in a specialized stroke unit.

“When a stroke occurs, where you go and how fast you get there is what makes the difference,” said Dr. Ameer E. Hassan, DO, FAHA, FSVIN, Head of the Neuroscience Department, Director of Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology and Director of Clinical Neuroscience Research at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen.  “We are proud to be the only Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Rio Grande Valley and continue to make advancements to improve patient outcomes.”

After suffering a stroke, rehabilitation is a critical step in the treatment process to ensure as much function is regained.  Finding a stroke support group is an important part of recovery for survivor and friends and family to know you’re not alone and there is help available.

“Stroke can have a tremendous impact on the survivor and families emotional well-being,” said Hassan.  “Having the proper support and resources available can significantly improve the recovery process.”

Valley Baptist continues to make advances in stroke research and education through The Stroke Research and Education Foundation.  The Stroke Research and Education Foundation provides stroke education and programs to Cameron County stroke survivors, caregivers and the healthcare community. 

To learn more about stroke treatment visit: https://www.valleybaptist.net/our-services/brain-neuro

Know the signs of stroke

It’s important for Valley residents to know the following warning signs of stroke and teach them to others – because with stroke, every second counts:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Stroke is a medical emergency – call 911 immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms.  Learning to recognize the warning signs of stroke and acting quickly when they occur can mean the difference in surviving a stroke and minimizing long-term disability, or being physically and mentally devastated and dying from stroke.