This article originally appeared in the Friday July 26, 2019 issue of the Progress Times.
Hospital employees, staff and administration – some of whom have been with the Mission Regional Medical Center for over 30 years – gathered at the Mission Event Center last Thurs. July 18, 2019 in order to commemorate 65 years of medical care in the area.
The Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC), which was founded in 1954, has experienced growth over the years. Since opening its doors the hospital has tripled in size, going from a 35-bed to a 297-bed facility.
“We would like to provide our community with the best health care possible,” MRMC Business Development and Marketing Manager Paola Lopez said. “Having a heart clinic is going to benefit the whole community, and they’ll have better health care close to home.”
Lopez said the heart clinic was important for Western Hidalgo County to have.
“That way, people don’t have to go to another city to be seen,” Lopez said. “If they have a heart problem, they come through the emergency room and they don’t have to be transferred anywhere else – they can stay there and we have cardiologists on site 24/7 that are ready to take care of them.”
Services provided in the heart and vascular unit at MRMC are located on the first floor in the West building next to the breast care center.
“We want to deliver good health care to the people in our community and we want to fulfill their needs,” Lopez said. “There’s a lot of people with heart problems here in the Valley, so having this so close to the west side [of the county] is very important.”
Lopez said the entire MRMC was excited to be part of the hospital’s legacy in the area. She said that the several employees who have been with the center for over 30 years show that it’s a great place to work.
“I just started working for the hospital nine months ago, but I feel like I’ve been here forever,” Lopez said. “Everybody’s so friendly – we’re like a big family and we really, really care about our community.”
During the 65th anniversary event last week, MRMC Chief Executive Officer Kane Dawson remarked on the evolution of the hospital and thanked the community for their support over the years.
“I could not be more humbled to serve such an incredible organization and be part of the 65-year legacy, it’s incredible,” Dawson said. “This is definitely the place to be, because it’s an All-America City – we just recently celebrated that, and we will continue to celebrate that because it’s just part of the great culture of Mission.”
The event featured a video that highlighted several members of the MRMC team and their experiences in the hospital.
“They’re the ones that make things happen,” Dawson said. “The most important ingredient in terms of a successful organization is its people and how they love and feel about their organization.”
Dawson specifically thanked the city of Mission, the Mission Event Center, House Wine & Bistro and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce for their efforts and support of the hospital during the 65th anniversary event.
Mission council member Ruben Plata spoke on behalf of the city, thanking the staff and hospital board for 65 years of service to the city and surrounding areas.
“They are one of the largest employers in the city of Mission,” Plata said. “I’ve been involved with the hospital for many years, and the hospital is always the one helping and supporting the Mission Chamber of Commerce, Crime Stoppers and so many of our organizations that we have here. Thank you very much for all your contributions and your investments in our community, and for always providing a great service to all of our citizens.”