Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Valley Regional Medical Center Announce Grants To Aid In COVID-19 relief efforts

Rio Grande Valley community partner receives funding for coronavirus response 

Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Valley Regional Medical Center, affiliates of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announces that the HCA Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HCA Healthcare, and a tax-exempt trust affiliated with HCA Healthcare provided $20,000 in grants to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley for the Coronavirus Resource Readiness and Response Campaign.  The $20,000 in grants will allow the Food Bank of the RGV to produce 100,000 meals.

“Like our colleagues that are serving on the frontlines of this crisis by providing life-saving care to patients, local organizations are also stepping up to address the needs of their communities in remarkable ways, including emergency response, addressing food shortages and providing childcare for healthcare workers and first responders,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “HCA Healthcare is honored to support our communities during this unprecedented time of rapidly changing needs.”

“For the first time, we are seeing people who were once donors now be in a situation where they are asking for help,” said Stuart Haniff, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley chief executive officer. “HCA Healthcare’s donation will supply 100,000 meals for those in need. We have been serving the community for 35 years and will continue to do so during this time with donations like the one we received. Our goal is awareness of the needs and opportunities for our community.”

“We are pleased to support an organization that serves our entire Rio Grande community,” said Art Garza, Valley Regional Medical Center chief executive officer.

“Improving lives through food assistance, nutrition education, and access to community services is a priority for our community and we are grateful for the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley,” said Cris Rivera, Rio Grande Regional Hospital chief executive officer.

In addition to providing the $20,000 charitable grant to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, HCA Healthcare donated $10,000 to the United Way Galveston County Mainland, $10,000 to the United Way of the Coastal Bend COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, and $110,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston for the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

About Rio Grande Regional Hospital

Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital is a 320-bed, full-service acute care medical facility serving the Rio Grande Valley. With more than 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, Rio Grande Regional Hospital along with the Children’s Medical Center at Rio Grande Regional Hospital offer an array of comprehensive services including Full Surgical and Diagnostic Capabilities; Intensive Care for Adults and Pediatric; Cardiac Care; Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation; Primary Stroke Center; Neuro Science Unit; Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics; Comprehensive Accredited Center in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program; Rio Grande Surgery Center; Radiology; an Imaging Center, Women’s Services; Neonatal Care; Three Off-Site Women’s Clinics; Diabetes Management

Center; Three Off-Site Satellite Laboratories; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy; Advanced Level III Trauma Services; Three Off-Site Emergency Departments, and a Helicopter Landing Area to help expedite emergency care. For more information, visit RioHealth.com.

 About Valley Regional Medical Center

Valley Regional Medical Center is conveniently located at the corner of Expressway 77 and Alton Gloor Boulevard in Brownsville.  With physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of high-quality programs, including surgical robotics program, advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, women’s services, pediatric services, and neonatal intensive care. Valley Regional Medical is a nationally accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our Emergency Department is designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center treating a wide range of emergent needs 24 hours a day. For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, visit our website at www.valleyregionalmedicalcenter.com.

Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Valley Regional Medical Center are part of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division, a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 16 hospitals, 10 ambulatory care centers, 16 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides on-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. HCA Gulf Coast Division is part of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 184 hospitals in the United States and England.