BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Trey Mendez wants DHR Health to have the same impact in Brownsville as it has had in Edinburg.

The Brownsville mayor spoke recently at a check signing ceremony that saw $1.7 million awarded to the hospital system for workforce training initiatives in his city. The funding is coming from the Texas Workforce Commission.

DHR Heath’s is currently constructing a new hospital in Brownsville. The first phase will see 200 new jobs created, along with a 24 hour emergency room, at least 60 inpatient beds and state of the art operating rooms.

“This is for me a really exciting day,” said Mendez, in reference to the check signing event. “I’m looking forward certainly to the groundbreaking but this is just the start of a lot of great things for DHR in Brownsville.” 

Mendez said improving access to specialty healthcare was a priority of his when first elected mayor three years ago.

“Dr. Singh can tell you how many times we’ve met, really trying to recruit the efforts of DHR in Brownsville, not only because we needed health care, but we need the specialty health care and we needed the things that DHR does. Their track record is impeccable and they’ve done some great things in Edinburg.”

Dr. Manish Singh is CEO of DHR Health. He was at the check signing ceremony.

Mendez also praised Julian Alvarez, labor’s representative on the Texas Workforce Commission. Alvarez wrote the $1.7 million check on behalf of TWC.

“I can’t say enough great things about what you’ve done for for this community,” Mendez said of Alvarez.

“Not forgetting where you’re from, but also just opening opening your time, your checkbook to this community; but really more so just working with us, giving us ideas and really trying to spur more economic development and better healthcare in this community. So for that, thank you very much.”

Mendez said he is looking forward to DHR Health growing its footprint in Brownsville.

“Thank you to DHR. I look forward to this relationship and I look forward to many more great things. I know the footprint in your history in Edinburg was about growth and I look forward to that growth here,” Mendez said. “We look forward to some fantastic things in Brownsville.”

In his remarks, Dr. Singh said DHR plans to expand the healthcare services it provides in Cameron County to include surgeries, emergency department and inpatient treatment.

“I’m always pleased to visit this beautiful city of Brownsville and look forward to spending even more time here in the near future,” Singh said.

“We are grateful to the Brownsville community and surrounding communities in Cameron County for welcoming DHR Health to the area in an even bigger capacity with this new hospital and the increased services we are eager to provide.”

Editor’s Note: Here is the raw audio from the event, courtesy of Ron Whitlock Reports:


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