The practices mark STHS Clinics expansion into Palmhurst and are the first of such specialties in the city

With clinics, hospitals and freestanding emergency rooms spanning from Mission to Weslaco, South Texas Health System is proud to be the largest healthcare provider in Hidalgo County. Its impact and reach in the RGV continues to grow to meet the healthcare needs of the community. In just the past year, STHS clinics has opened four new practices of various specialties and has now expanded into Palmhurst with the fifth and sixth.

On Thursday, January 13, STHS Clinics held a small, socially distanced ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of its newest clinics — family medicine and outpatient rehabilitation — located in adjacent suites off Conway Ave. and Buddy Owens Blvd.

Whether needing various therapies to regain strength and life skills after a major injury, treatment for a wide array of medical conditions or other forms of primary care, the rehab and family medicine clinics boast experienced, skilled teams of physicians, therapists and support staff in a modern facility with a combined total of 6,930 square feet featuring state of the art equipment.

“I’m looking forward to serving the healthcare needs of the community of Palmhurst. My primary goal is to provide preventative care in an effort to avoid complications related to chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension,” said Dr. Audrey Gutierrez, a physician at the STHS clinic. “I also enjoy treating pediatric patients and addressing women’s health and mental health concerns. It’s gratifying to be here practicing near the community I grew up in, and I look forward to continuing to improve the health outcomes of both new and existing patients.”

With a population of just under 3,000, these clinics exist as both the city’s first family medicine clinic and full-service outpatient rehab, offering occupational, physical and speech therapy.

“Our residents no longer have to look outside the city for comprehensive, quality care,” City of Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro J. Rodriguez said. “We are excited to welcome STHS Clinics into our growing and thriving community and are hopeful that by having these two facilities so centralized and accessible, our residents will not hesitate to take immediate action to seek care when suffering from an illness or pain.”

Along with Dr. Gutierrez, Dr. Francisco Garza Salinas practices out of the Family Medicine Clinic. Therapists at the Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic include Corina Gonzalez, OTR, Anthony Esquivel, DPT and Ana Vallejo, SLP.

The STHS Clinics Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic and Family Medicine Clinic, located at 300 E. Mile 3 Rd., Palmhurst, TX 78573 in suites 190 and 170, respectively, are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit STHS Clinics.

About South Texas Health System Clinics

About South Texas Health System Clinics South Texas Health System Clinics is a multi-specialty branch of South Texas Health System with the mission of providing high-quality healthcare to residents of Rio Grande Valley. Established in 2012 as Valley Care Clinics, the brand has since grown from five clinics to 18. In February 2020, the name was changed to South Texas Health System Clinics to better align with its sister company, South Texas Health System. With locations throughout the Valley and telehealth visit capabilities, South Texas Health System Clinics provides patients with a wide variety of options for quality, compassionate care across several specialties, ranging from family medicine and outpatient rehabilitation to gastroenterology, gynecology and cardiology. For more information about South Texas Health System Clinics and its comprehensive services, please visit