Rich History, Unmatched Care


When people are in a time of need, they don’t want to second-guess the care they will receive. Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville has been the community’s choice for high-quality and compassionate healthcare for more than 100 years.

Established in 1913 as a homeless shelter for the citizens of Brownsville by Nora Kelly, the organization was originally named “Charity Home.” It wasn’t until a few years later, amid the Mexican revolution, that a facility with medical services was needed. Many people would flee across the border in need of treatment for diseases such as yellow fever and diphtheria.

Throughout the years, the hospital changed name ownership and grew to what it is known as today. Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville may have started from humble beginnings, but the many years of experience treating the citizens of Brownsville and beyond have made this facility a vital part of the community. For a more detailed recount of the history of the hospital, visit

Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville, which is part of Valley Baptist Health System, is not only the longest-standing hospital in the area, but it has also been voted as the “Best Hospital” and “Best ER” for ten consecutive years by The Brownsville Herald’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Brownsville Herald readers also recognized this facility as the hospital with the best occupational and physical therapists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and podiatrists. The accolades don’t stop there. These awards are a direct reflection of the consistent, quality care provided by every physician and staff member involved.

Occupational therapy and physical therapy can make or break your ability to return to a normal life after a debilitating injury or illness. It is good to know there is a place in town you can rely on. “We are grateful for the support of our community and honored to care for the communities we love,” Valley Baptist Hospital System Brownsville marketing coordinator Dafne Maldonado said.

The Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville’s respiratory therapy unit is next to none. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a team of highly-trained clinicians were assembled and went to work. Each individual of the team put in countless, sometimes brutal hours, and the determination and care provided during those unprecedented times will go down in history. Despite having the odds stacked against them at times, you could always see the smile beneath the mask. This is what makes Valley Baptist stand apart.

While Valley Baptist Brownsville is as rich in history as it is in its accomplishments and awards, there are changes on the horizon to help the hospital better serve the needs of its community. Soon, patients will walk into a hospital with new paint, new art, and a slew of technological upgrades aimed at improving the healthcare experience for local residents..

Those upgrades will also include a new, state-of-the-art mammography unit in North Brownsville.

”The imaging center is a proud advocate of standards of excellence and offers some of the most advanced digital technology for optimum image quality,” Maldonado said. “We have been serving families in the Rio Grande Valley for decades and are committed to providing high-quality health care in a safe, comfortable environment.”

In addition to this new outpatient service, Valley Baptist still offers a wide range of imaging, including 2D and 3D digital screenings, CT scanning, open MRI, ultrasound, and digital X-ray services.

Call (956) 698-5412 to schedule your appointment with Valley Baptist Brownsville’s imaging services. The Brownsville Imaging Center is located at 5700 N. Expressway, Ste. 109. The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- through Friday. Visit for more information.