Category Archives: Member Briefs

Congratulations to Michelle & Danny Quiroz of Reserva Coffee Roasters – Small Business Persons of the Year

The SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District honored the 2020 District Small Business Week awardees for six small business categories. The virtual ceremony is part of National Small Business Week going on now through Sept. 24. Michelle and Danny Quiroz of Reserva Coffee Roasters were named the district’s Small Business Persons of the Year. Both previously had successful careers working for large companies. However, Michelle’s passion for coffee drove their hand-crafted coffee business to a new level. Within three years, their commitment to quality and vision grew their business from then one employee to now 10. “We are honored to be recognized among millions of small businesses throughout the country,” Michelle Quiroz said. “We hope to set a strong example in the power of a dream and the impact small businesses have in elevating their communities.” The Quirozes are LiftFund clients since 2017. Their award nomination comes from LiftFund Business Development Officer…

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IMAS Day of Giving Support Art, Science, Educating Community Youth

McAllen, TX – The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) has inspired generations of community members for 52 years. The IMAS celebrates the museum and its impact in the community with an invitation of support on the inaugural IMAS Day of Giving on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The IMAS Day of Giving events will include online premieres of both art and science content, special presentations, and the kick-off of an online silent auction which will conclude after a replay of this summer’s Brew-seum@Home on Saturday, October 24. “IMAS is a vital community asset. We inspire, educate, and motivate our youth and families to use the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills they learn at the museum to build their knowledge and continually improve our community,” stated Ann Fortescue, President and Executive Director of IMAS. “We are truly grateful for your support – together we’re ensuring the long-term…

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Seven Signs of a Bully

Social media has become the platform for bullies. I know there was great hope that social media would bring people together, and there would be greater understanding and dialogue. Unfortunately, what I have seen is greater silos and more vitriol responses to people and opinions. Social media has become the platform for bullies, and it is having an impact on our society. So, what are the key characteristics of a bully? How do you know if you are dealing with a bully? There are seven signs of bullying. Here is my list: Bullies are egomaniacs. They want to be the center of attention. They have an unquenchable desire to appear superior to everyone else. They put people down and demean and belittle people. The bully wants it to be all about himself/herself.  Bullies want weak people around them. The bully does not want to be challenged. The bully wants weak…

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The retail landscape is changing because of COVID-19. The future has arrived sooner than scheduled. As businesses move forward, there are going to be opportunities and challenges to finding the right business model. The fundamental truth is that things have changed in the last six months. The hope of returning to “the way things used to be” is not going to happen. Understanding what is happening and where the shifts are occurring are the first steps to help position your business for success. Here are six things that will be impacting businesses in the next 12-18 months. Spending. As jobs are lost and unemployment grows (McAllen’s unemployment is 10.4% for June), discretionary spending is going to be reduced. With economic uncertainty, people tend to hang on to their money longer. The impulse purchases that happened last year will be fewer. For businesses, there is an opportunity to begin analyzing what…

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Herrman & Herrman, PLLC Announces Its National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Success

Texas legal firm Herrman & Herrman, PLLC is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 firm in Texas. The National Trial Lawyers annually recognizes the top 100 law firms following a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations and extensive third-party research. Membership to this organization is granted by invitation-only to the select few attorneys that meet the stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense attorneys from each state. As stated on The National Trial Lawyers website, these attorneys must “demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile.” “It’s always an honor to be recognized by my peers for the work that everyone here at the firm does to fight for our clients,” said Greg Herrman, Managing Partner. “We are always evolving and learning new strategies to ensure that we are able to provide the best…

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DHR Health to Host 15th Annual “Fishing For Hope” Tournament

DHR Health (DHR) is pleased to announce its 15th Annual “Fishing for Hope” Tournament, which will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island, Texas. Now one of the largest non-profit fishing tournaments on the Texas coast, “Fishing for Hope” is a family-friendly and fun event for people of all ages. This year’s tournament will feature great prizes, dinner, the legendary stars auction, and much more! All proceeds from “Fishing for Hope” will once again benefit the Hope Family Health Center. Hope Family Health Center (HOPE) is located in McAllen, Texas, and provides free medical and counseling care to the uninsured in the Rio Grande Valley. Local volunteer physicians and medical staff donate their time and services to ensure Rio Grande Valley residents receive free, quality health care in an open and accepting atmosphere. All patients seen are those who are without access to health…

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DHR Health Earns Third Consecutive Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital is the only dual accredited facility in the Rio Grande Valley The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has renewed the accreditation of DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital for a three-year cycle.  The accreditation covers inpatient medical rehabilitation programs including Adult, Children and Adolescents, Stroke Specialty, Spinal Cord Injury, and Amputee Specialty Program.  This recognition makes the facility the only dual accredited inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.  The DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by both The Joint Commission and CARF.  The first CARF accreditation was received in 2013 for Adult, Children and Adolescents, and Stroke Specialty.  Recently, the Rehabilitation Hospital received the renewal accreditation and recognition on two additional services: Spinal Cord Injury Specialty and Amputee Specialty Programs. “DHR Health strives to provide continuous quality improvement, stated Dr. Saroja Viswamitra, Medical Director at the DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital.  “During a CARF survey,…

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McAllen ISD IB Programme Pinning Ceremony

Today, 120 high school seniors will receive their IB pin, emblematic of completing the two-year IB diploma programme.  This will be a drive-through event.  Students and their families will be in their vehicles, and they will drive from the east side parking lot to the semicircle area between the Convention Center entrance on the south side and the reflecting pool. –       Each senior and their family will line up in their vehicle in the Convention Center east side parking lot (1 car per senior/family) –       Senior vehicles will drive through the Convention Center traffic circle and stop at the photographer station in front of the main entrance (see map, click here) –       Only the IB Lamar Academy senior will be allowed outside of their vehicle to pick up a small gift and take a photo with a photographer. –       Social distancing guidelines will be in place! The staff will be wearing masks. Students may choose whether or not to…

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Census Bureau to Deliver 2020 Census Questionnaires in the Rio Grande Valley

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state, and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at the front doors of households in the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15 but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary field staff has been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines. The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority. The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census…

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Rio Grande Regional Hospital Joins Convalescent Plasma Study for COVID-19 Patients

Hospitals currently seeking plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 individuals to potentially help critically ill patients McAllen, TX, May 14, 2020 – Rio Grande Regional Hospital is participating in a national study to determine if plasma from convalescent, or recovered, COVID-19 patients may benefit individuals currently hospitalized with severe or life-threatening cases of the virus. As part of the effort, hospitals are seeking eligible volunteers to donate plasma to help current patients in need. “Rio Grande Regional Hospital is excited to take part in such an important and revolutionizing study.  I would like to ask the community to help spread awareness about plasma donation for patients facing COVID-19 not only in McAllen or South Texas but also around the world,” said Cris Rivera, Chief Executive Officer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital. To date, there is no proven therapy for individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19, but there is a long history…

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Driscoll physicians publish COVID-19 paper

Driscoll Children’s Hospital physicians have published an article on how pediatric patients are affected by COVID-19. Authors of the article are Ali Hasan, MD, Chief Resident at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Noormah Mehmood, MD, Chief Resident at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, and Jaime Fergie, MD, Director of Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. The article, titled “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Pediatric Patients: A Review of Epidemiology, Symptomatology, Laboratory and Imagining Results to Guide the Development of a Management Algorithm,” was published in Cureus. To read the article, go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7123290/.   About Driscoll Children’s Hospital … “Devoted to expert care, education, outreach, and advocacy.” Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 189-bed pediatric tertiary care center with more than 30 medical and surgical specialties offering care throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Victoria, and Laredo. Through the vision and generosity of its founder, Clara Driscoll, Driscoll Children’s Hospital opened in…

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DHR Health Earns 3 Blue Distinction Center Designations for Quality Care

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas selected DHR Health as a Blue Distinction® Center for Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement and Substance Use Treatment and Recovery BlueCross BlueShield of Texas selected DHR Health as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Center for both Knee and Hip Replacement and for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery. DHR Health is proud to be recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas for meeting the robust selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.  Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to demonstrate quality care, treatment expertise, and better overall patient results and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise, and better overall patient results.  Both distinctions offer improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from…

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