VBMC to cut ribbon on new pediatric ER

HARLINGEN — Valley Baptist Medical Center will host a ribbon cutting today to unveil its new pediatric emergency room.

The ribbon-cutting event will begin at 4 p.m. near the east tower entrance.

The event will include kid-friendly activities like face painting and magic shows while offering tours of the new emergency room to adults.

The medical center broke ground in March and will be open to receiving new patients on Monday.

The Pediatric Emergency Room is housed within the existing emergency room and features 12 dedicated pediatric beds.

According to a press release, Manny Vela, the Valley Baptist Health System CEO, said the room is a pediatric-friendly environment designed to provide a comfortable and secure setting for pediatric patients.

“Valley Baptist-Harlingen has been a leader in pediatric care in Cameron County,” Vela said.

The medical center has the only pediatric ICU and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the county.

Vela said their goal is to make sure local residents do not have to leave their community to receive quality health care.

The emergency room renovation took about four months to complete.

The center will be filled with colorful artwork and will include a 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

If You Go

WHAT: Valley Baptist Medical Center Pediatric ER ribbon-cutting

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 4

WHERE: Valley Baptist Medical Center, East Tower Entrance

TIME: Event starts at 4 p.m. and ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.