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MRMC awarded Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

20120511_PressRelease-JointComm-Gold-Seal_08MAY2012MISSION — Mission Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) Joint Replacement Institute has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hip and knee replacement surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, the hospital announced this week.

In earning the Goal Seal of Approval, MRMC becomes the first and only hospital in Hidalgo County with such a distinction.

“With this additional Joint Commission Certification, we continue demonstrating the significant investment in programs and services we offer our community. The Joint Commission Gold Seal provides us with the proven framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Javier Iruegas, CEO, MRMC. “Achieving The Joint Commission Certification in hip and knee replacement, is a major step toward raising the bar in our region for clinical excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

MRMC officials said the institute underwent a rigorous on-site survey on April 26. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with hip and knee replacement standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

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MCISD to select ECHS site after study

20120511_MissionCISD_two_color_BIGMISSION — A site for the Mission school district’s Early College High School remains unknown as the district waits on feasibility and master plan studies.

On Wednesday, the board asked architect Eddie Vela to conduct a master plan study around the 4 Mile Line and Stewart roads. Engineer Javier Hinojosa will conduct a feasibility study in the area. The board is looking at four different possible construction sites in the area to build its newest school.

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Modernizing Mission’s neighborhood watch program

20120504-Missiion-Police-Neighborhood-QR-Code-012MISSION — The Mission Police Department unveiled a new “mobile” Neighborhood Watch Program this week. The effort will allow residents to scan QR codes from signs located throughout the city, which will provide information about crime within an area as well as safety tips or warnings.

On Wednesday, MPD unveiled their first sign at La Tierra de los Encinos neighborhood, Thornwood and Mayberry streets. The new Neighborhood Watch signs now include two QR codes.

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Election Q&A: Mission City Council candidates

20120504_Mission-City-CouncilEditor’s note: The Progress Times asked the four candidates in the Mission City Council election questions about their qualifications, top issues facing the city and their vision of the future for Mission. Candidates were given a word limit for each question. If a candidate went over the word limit, their response was truncated.

Question #1:

What are your qualifications for elected office for the Mission City Council? (50 word limit)

Rene De La Cruz, Place 2 Candidate:

I have been self employed since 1985; the experience of owning and operating different kinds of businesses and succeeding in all of them speaks for itself, the experience of owning and operating a restaurant, special event center, developer, builder, working with engineers, architects and other business owners well qualifies me to….

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Election Q&A: MCISD board of trustees

20120504-Mugs-of-CandidatesWEEK THREE

Editor’s note: For the third and final week, the Progress Times asked Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees candidates questions about the district and its future. Candidates were given a word limit for each question. If a candidate went beyond the limit, their response was cut. Place 4 candidate Jorge Esquivel did not reply to a request for participation. The candidates for contested results were asked to participate; J.C. Avila, candidate for Place 5 was not included because the race for the seat is uncontested.

• If cuts need to be made to balance the budget, what would help guide you toward your decision?

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Expressway 83 Lane Closures Wednesday

East Bound US 83 – Two Lane Closure

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing a two lane closure (east bound main lanes) on US 83 in Weslaco to perform roadway work on Wednesday, May 2. The lane closure will be needed between FM 88 and Mile 4 Rd. West to complete work being performed by Leal Construction.

Work will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning signs, and speed limit signs.

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Election Q&A: MCISD board of trustees

20120427-Mugs-of-CandidatesWEEK TWO

Editor’s note: For the second week, the Progress Times has asked Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees candidates a series of questions about the district and its future. Candidates were given a word limit for each question. If a candidate went beyond the limit, their response was cut. Place 4 candidate Jorge Esquivel did not reply to the request for participation. The candidates for contested results were asked to participate; J.C. Avila, candidate for Place 5 was not included because the race for the seat is uncontested.

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Martin Garza named new Mission Police Chief

20120427_MISSION_Martin-Garza-named-new-Mission-Police-Chief_IMG_49483_TNMISSION — After nearly three months as the interim chief, the Mission City Council elected Martin Garza as the new chief of the Mission Police Department (MPD).

“This will be a day I will never forget,” he said after officially being sworn in as chief alongside his family on Monday. “I want to thank my colleagues who are here with me today from both local, state and federal agencies. I really appreciate their support.”

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