Neighbors Emergency Center Harlingen Marks First Year of Service to Community
HOUSTON, Texas, February 2, 2017 – The Neighbors Emergency Center Harlingen location is pleased to recognize its first year of service to the local community. Neighbors Emergency Center Harlingen began seeing patients on January 30, 2016 and reports nearly 5,800 patients have received premiere emergency medical care at this location since it opened. The Harlingen center is located at 1725 S. Ed Carey Dr., 78550. The center’s phone number is 956-412-5900.
In its first year, Neighbors Harlingen earned the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized independent accreditation organization committed to certifying facilities with the safest, highest quality, best-value health care.
Besides the best personalized ER care with short wait times, this Neighbors Emergency Center has also brought approximately 30 jobs to the area economy by hiring local board-certified physicians and medical teams with emergency room experience that treat all adult and pediatric injuries and illnesses. The Harlingen location’s Medical Director is Richard Ybarra, MD, and the location’s Facility Director is Jennifer Miner, RN. Neighbors is a product of the community with doctors and medical teams living near the centers they work, therefore, being in tune with community news, events and people.
“Neighbors Harlingen was the first city in South Texas to welcome the independent freestanding Emergency Center experience,” said Ybarra. “Now after a full and successful year, we are pleased to have lived up to being the ‘Best Neighbors Ever’ in Harlingen and look forward to another strong year of service to the community.”
Neighbors prides itself on active community involvement and connection. In Harlingen, Neighbors has been privileged to participate in numerous local events that benefit health and wellness, local youth and families, and education.
To support children and families, Neighbors Harlingen sponsored first aid kit sessions at the 2016 Junior League of Harlingen “Kid Fit” community festival. At these sessions, Neighbors’ clinical staff instructed local children on the proper techniques for using the first aid kit items.
Valuing the learning environment, Neighbors joined forces with the Harlingen School of Health Professions to develop student initiatives and sponsor the Teacher of the Month program. The Harlingen Literacy Center recently hosted their annual spelling bee contest, and thanks to Neighbors, a student team from Harlingen School of Health Professions was able to participate and represent Neighbors Emergency Center at the event.
Neighbors Harlingen was honored to support the Harlingen Area United Way and their annual “Kid Day at the Park” campaign. Neighbors’ booths at such events are busy with children and family activities that are educational and entertaining.
Staying involved and connected to the local community, Neighbors Emergency Center Harlingen collected backpacks for the United Way “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive. Neighbors employees and the community worked together to collect and donate much needed school supplies and backpacks to local children in need to kick start the new school year.
“Working for Neighbors has been a blessing in disguise,” adds Maria De la Paz, Neighbors Emergency Center Harlingen Marketing Liaison. “The interaction I have with the community on a daily basis brings so much joy to me. The welcoming smile at physicians’ offices, school nurses, and municipalities reminds me of why I enjoy my work. Our center is a testament to our outstanding teamwork in 2016.”
These local activities are just part of what makes Neighbors unique and the industry leader in freestanding ER care. Neighbors’ core values of being compassionate and patient-centered; treating patients in a nurturing and honorable way; having friendly and welcoming employees; and always being transparent, accountable and cost-conscious are demonstrated through these and numerous events that Neighbors Emergency Center Harlingen was proud to participate in during their first year in the community.