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Governor to attend dedication of Regional Academic Health Center

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), today announced that Governor Rick Perry is the featured speaker for the June 28 dedication of the Harlingen Medical Education Division, a part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC).

Cyndi Taylor Krier, member of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, will accept the building on behalf of the Regents. Other speakers will include Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., a sponsor of the legislation establishing the RAHC; Representative Irma Rangel, chair of the House Committee on Higher Education; Connie de la Garza, mayor of Harlingen; R.D. Burck, UT System chancellor; and Ben M. McKibbens, FACHE, Valley Baptist Health System president and CEO.

The public is invited to the dedication, which begins at 10:30 a.m. June 28 at 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd. Complimentary parking is at Valley Baptist Medical Center, 2101 Pease, with shuttle service provided. Afterward, everyone is invited to a reception with refreshments.

President Cigarroa will welcome the dignitaries and assembled guests. Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for academic and health affairs and dean of the UTHSCSA School of Medicine, and Leonel Vela, M.D., regional dean, will usher the platform party and the first group of RAHC students into the building.

The Legislature appointed UTHSCSA to operate and oversee the RAHC Medical Education Division in Harlingen and the RAHC Medical Research Division in Edinburg.

Contact: Will Sansom