The Health Science Center increased the availability of health care and education in South Texas with the opening of one new building and the groundbreaking of another.
On Dec. 11, Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Health Science Center president, hosted state lawmakers, city leaders and residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Medical Research Division of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC).
The $20 million facility will be devoted to the basic and epidemiological study of diseases that disproportionately affect the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which has about 1 million residents. A portion of the new building will house a cooperative Doctor of Pharmacy program. The facility is the first of its kind on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dr. Cigarroa also welcomed more than 300 people during the dedication of the D.D. Hachar Building in Laredo. The building is the first facility constructed on the Health Science Centerís Laredo Extension Campus and the first University of Texas facility in the Gateway City.
The Laredo Extension Campus is expected to train thousands of health professionals to care for the residents of the rapidly growing region. The Hachar Building, which includes classroom, library and administrative areas, is the first of six buildings envisioned in the long-term plan for the campus.
The campus will have three distinct programs: allied health education, emergency preparedness and environmental/occupational health.
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