A new type of ER: Facility opens Saturday

HARLINGEN – A new 24-hour emergency medical facility is scheduled to open its doors to patients tomorrow.

Neighbors Emergency Center is located at 1725 N. Ed Carey Drive.

Neighbors Health System Inc., the parent company of the clinic, is based in Pearland. With the addition of Harlingen, the company operates 18 emergency clinics in Texas.

The company’s website indicates it has plans to open 10 additional emergency clinics in Texas, including sites in Brownsville and McAllen.

Harlingen will be the first Neighbors Emergency Center in South Texas.

“We are proud to serve the Harlingen community,“ said Dr. Paul Alleyne, chief medical officer, in a statement. “We believe Harlingen will greatly benefit from Neighbors’ personalized 24-hour emergency care experience while offering the same level of access and services as a hospital-based emergency room.“

Emergency clinics such as Neighbors are an expanding part of the medical treatment field. While not as well-equipped as a full-sized, full-spectrum hospital, the emergency clinics can treat patients in the areas of trauma/injury, cardiology and more. They have imaging and lab services onsite, the company says.

The emergency center in Harlingen will accept most major private insurance plans.

Neighbors Health System Inc. is a privately held emergency health care facilities management company that was founded in 2009.