Do you know someone who has trouble walking, or going up steps, without
pain? One Rio Grande Valley woman said all she wanted was for the pain
in her knee to go away – so she could get back to a 'normal' life.
"And, thank goodness, that's exactly what happened after I had
knee replacement surgery at Harlingen Medical Center," the patient
said. "I'm now enjoying life, with no pain -- and I get to run
around with my little grand-babies."
This woman was one of many patients who have experienced a superior level
of health care since "discovering" Harlingen Medical Center,
a relatively-new but already nationally-recognized hospital right off
the Expressway (at the Ed Carey or Paso Real exits). During the month
of October, Harlingen Medical Center is celebrating its 14th anniversary
of providing critical healthcare services to the people of the Valley.
Harlingen Medical Center has been setting the bar high for healthcare in
the Valley by consistently scoring high for patient satisfaction and patient
safety, and winning numerous awards for caring for orthopedic patients,
heart patients, and women coming to the hospital to have a baby, among
others. The hospital operates under a concept of "patient-focused
care", which always places the patient first.
In August, Harlingen Medical Center achieved a 4-star rating, reflecting
high levels of quality healthcare being provided to Rio Grande Valley
residents, in accordance with the "Overall Hospital Quality Star
Ratings" by the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The 4-star rating, on a scale of one to five, indicates an above-average
performance. By comparison, most other hospitals across the country received
a 3-star rating.
Also recently, Harlingen Medical Center was named the 2016 "Best Hospital"
and "Best Emergency Room" by readers of the Valley Morning Star.
And Harlingen Medical Center was also recently recognized by a national
publication, U.S. News & World Report, as a high-performing hospital
in knee replacement surgery (in the magazine's 2016-2017 "Best
"This rating for knee replacement reflects our commitment to maintain
the highest level of care -- and to create a superior overall experience
for our patients and their families," said Brenda Ivory, President
and Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center.
Knee replacement surgery can, in many cases, help patients with arthritis
and other conditions to be able to walk again without pain. Dr. Jose Cobos,
an orthopedic surgeon, said patients who have severe knee pain due to
damage (or arthritis) to the knee joint, and whose activities and function
are limited because of that pain, may be candidates for knee replacement surgery.
Harlingen Medical Center is also known as "the heart hospital"
for the Cameron County area. The Cardiovascular Center at Harlingen Medical
Center provides life-saving treatments, such as to open a blocked blood
vessel to a patient's heart. Cardiologists at Harlingen Medical Center
have received national recognition for heart treatment, which in some
cases includes inserting a tiny metal device called a stent and / or a
tiny balloon to open clogged arteries.
Many people in the Rio Grande Valley are in need of these treatments because
of high rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Harlingen Medical Center has been ranked among the top hospitals in the
country in cardiovascular care, having received the Thomson Reuters "100
Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks Award."
"We have some of the most experienced cardiologists in the Valley,"
said Linda Bull, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at
Harlingen Medical Center. "We also have physicians who perform very
specialized electrophysiology studies of the heart, as well as complex
catheter ablation procedures and peripheral vascular procedures, including
treating abdominal aortic aneurysms. And they have received recognition
for using some of the most advanced technology, including the world's
smallest heart pump (the Impella® 2.5 Catheter)."
In order to make these important services available to more people in South
Texas, Harlingen Medical Center is currently undertaking a major expansion
project, which will include a new emergency room -- along with new cardiac
catheterization laboratories for heart patients, new endoscopy laboratories
to treat gastro-intestinal problems, and additional operating rooms for
In conjunction with its anniversary, Harlingen Medical Center held its
annual Community Health & Wellness Fair on October 5, 2016, which
included numerous free medical screenings and health information for the public.
For more information on the hospital's services, including knee replacement
surgery, heart procedures, and women's services, please visit