Valley Baptist begins construction of pediatric ER

HARLINGEN – Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new emergency pediatric care unit.

Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela says the pediatric fast track emergency room unit will provide high-quality healthcare for area children.

“This ER within an ER will feature 12 dedicated pediatric beds in a pediatric-friendly environment, with features designed for maximum safety and security specifically for children,” he said. “We look forward to offering the Pediatric Fast Track in our Emergency Room, which is often the front door of our facility.”

Vela said the unit should be completed in three to four months.

“Our children deserve their own space for emergency care, and we look forward to serving the community,” said Dr. David Sauceda, chief of pediatrics at VBMC.