RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – About 15 Catholic Church parishes will host health district forums throughout Hidalgo County beginning this last week of August.
On Aug. 10, the Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court approved the petition for the creation of a Health Care District in Hidalgo County to appear on the county’s general election ballot come November.
Before then, Reverend Jerry Frank of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in San Juan will host workshops educating parishioners about the benefits of a healthcare district. Valley Interfaith will also be hosting workshops independent from Rev. Frank’s.
Rev. Frank said the workshops will have a multilevel presentation. He said administrators from the local non-profit and federally-qualified clinics will be in attendance to give input, along with hospital officials and and leaders from the RGV Equal Voice Network. The clinics include Nuestra Clinica del Valle, a federally qualified clinic with nine facilities in Hidalgo County, El Milagro clinic in McAllen, Hope Clinic in Mcallen and Desarrollo Humano Clinic in Pueblo de Palmas.
“First of all, we’ll have one or two representatives speak very shortly from the nine clinics [and] the three non-profits. Then we’ll have somebody that represents the other interests on the health district, Ramiro Garza for example, speak about the benefits for the community at large for a health district especially for the medical school. And then we’ll [open up for] questions,” Rev. Frank told the Rio Grande Guardian.
Rev. Frank previously voted against a health district in 2014. However, Frank changed his stance after hospital chiefs agreed to allocate 20 percent of the health district’s revenues toward non-profit and federally qualified clinics.
The health district workshops schedule is featured below.
|August 25, Thursday||7:30p.m.||Sacred Heart in Hidalgo||308 E Camelia St., Hidalgo||Fr. Mario Aviles|
|August 30, Tuesday||7:00p.m.||Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen||McAllen
1108 W. Hackberry, McAllen
|Msgr. Gustavo Barrera|
|September 4, Sunday||7:00p.m.||Sacred Heart in Elsa||1100 N. Broadway, Elsa||Fr. Ruben Delgado|
|September 6, Tuesday||7:00p.m.||St. John the Baptist in San Juan||216 W. 1st St., San Juan||Fr. Jerry Frank|
|September 7, Wednesday||6:30p.m.||St. Joan of Arc in Weslaco||109 S. Illinois Ave., Weslaco||Fr. Francisco Solis|
|September 12, Monday||7:00p.m.||St. Jude’s in Pharr||505 S. Ironwood, Pharr||Fr. Jose Losoya|
|September 13, Tuesday||7:00p.m.||St. Paul’s in Mission||119 Francisco Ave., Mission||Fr. Gregory Kuczmanski|
|September 14, Wednesday||7:00p.m.||San Martin de Porres in Alton||106 S. Alton Blvd, Alton||Fr. Luis Sanchez|
|September 20, Tuesday||7:00p.m.||Juan Diego in McAllen||3309 Helena Ave., McAllen||Fr. Alejandro Flores|
|September 21, Wednesday||7:00p.m.||Queen of Angels in La Joya||916 South Leo Ave., La Joya||Fr. Jaime Torres|
|September 27, Tuesday||7:00p.m.||Sacred Heart in McAllen||306 S. 15th St., McAllen||Fr. Thomas Luczak|
|September 28, Wednesday||7:00p.m.||St. Theresa of Infant Jesus in Edcouch||200 P. Salazar, Edcouch||Fr. Eduardo Gomez|
|September 29, Thursday||7:00p.m.||St. Joseph in Donna||306 S. D Blvd., Donna||Fr. Robert DeLong|