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Gov. Abbott signs into law two new Texas government transparency measures – led by Sen. Zaffirini, Rep. Canales, respectively – which addressed public records problems that arose as a result of COVID-19, reports Omar Ochoa

Gov. Abbott signs into law two new Texas government transparency measures – led by Sen. Zaffirini, Rep. Canales, respectively – which addressed public records problems that arose as a result of COVID-19, reports Omar Ochoa - gov. abbott - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Gov. Greg Abbott, appearing on Thursday, September 9, 2021, addressing physicians, nurses, other medical professionals, and leaders with DHR Health, emergency medical services personnel from South Texas, and the Valley and state news media at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

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81 bills by Sen. Zaffirini, D-Laredo/Starr County, ranging from COVID-19 to Winter Storm Uri, to become law on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

81 bills by Sen. Zaffirini, D-Laredo/Starr County, ranging from COVID-19 to Winter Storm Uri, to become law on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - Zaffirini - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Opal Lee of Ft. Worth, a civil rights champion known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, pose in the Texas Senate on Thursday, July 22, 2021, after Lee was honored by the Texas Senate for her lifetime of activism. According to the Washington Post, on Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Biden signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

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Area lawmakers praise DHR Health’s partnership with Driscoll Children’s Hospital to build an eight-story, state-of-the-art medical facility in Edinburg to serve South Texas

Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Edinburg

FEATURED: Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, visiting with fellow Texans on the grounds of the Capitol in Austin. Guerra, who serves as Vice-Chair, House Committee on Public Health, welcomed the recent announcement regarding the upcoming construction of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley on the campus of DHR Health in Edinburg. “Our children deserve the healthy start with A+ care that the Driscoll Children’s Hospital will provide,” said Guerra. “I’m proud to have this collaborative success between DHR Health and Driscoll in my (legislative) district and look forward to the positive outcomes it brings to our families and community.”

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Telemedicine bill to improve access to health care – authored by Rep. Guillén, coauthored by Rep. Canales, Rep. Guerra, and Rep. Martínez, cosponsored by Sen. Hinojosa and supported by DHR Health – signed into law by Gov. Abbott

Telemedicine bill to improve access to health care – authored by Rep. Guillén, coauthored by Rep. Canales, Rep. Guerra, and Rep. Martínez, cosponsored by Sen. Hinojosa and supported by DHR Health – signed into law by Gov. Abbott - Telemedicine bill - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Houston, Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, participate in a news conference in the Speakers Committee Room at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Price was the author of House Bill 4, which will provide delivery of health care services under Medicaid and other public benefit programs by using telecommunication or information technology. Rio Grande Valley lawmakers were part of the leadership team which helped Price pass House Bill 4 into law. DHR Health, headquartered in Edinburg, supported House Bill 4.

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UTRGV School of Medicine adapts recruitment efforts to pandemic’s new normal

UTRGV School of Medicine adapts recruitment efforts to pandemic’s new normal - vitalant - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Vitalant of McAllen, which is part of one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be hosting a blood donation drive, along with providing free COVID-19 antibodies tests, at the LDS Church, 401 S. Jackson Road in Edinburg. Vitalant supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states, including Texas. For information on what a person should eat and drink before donating blood, call 575/840-8178 or log on to https://www.healthline.com/health/what-to-eat-before-donating-blood

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