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RAHC expansion is a ‘commitment to the people of the Valley’

August 2006

President Cigarroa led faculty, staff, students and Lower Rio Grande Valley leaders in celebrating the historic groundbreaking of the Health Science Center’s second building in Harlingen at a luncheon July 17.

"This building [currently under construction] represents a firm and enduring commitment by the Health Science Center to the people of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, chief among them our veterans," Dr. Cigarroa said.

The new $25.5 million building will be called The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Regional Academic Health Center Teaching/Learning Lab. The building is entirely funded by tuition revenue bonds approved during the 77th session of the Texas Legislature.


"The passage of the bill in 2003 was absolutely historic for the Health Science Center and the Valley," Dr. Cigarroa said. "I want to thank all our Rio Grande Valley legislators, especially The Honorable Eddie Lucio and The Honorable Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, for their commitment to the RAHC and for securing general revenue operating funds and the necessary tuition revenue bonding authority to construct this facility to benefit the people of the Rio Grande Valley. The greatest way to help the people of the Valley is to improve the quality of their health. Our legislators recognized this, and as a result made this new building possible."


  Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (center) and a group of medical students
Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (center) and a group of medical students celebrate the groundbreaking of the Health Science Center’s second building in Harlingen.
The Teaching/Learning Lab will be a major patient care and clinical research center with 79,000 square feet on two floors. The South Texas Veterans Health Care System has entered into a contract with the Health Science Center to move its Harlingen clinical care into 34,000 square feet of space on the first floor. This will be known as the Harlingen Veterans Healthcare Center.

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