Staff performing the Ceremonial Groundbreaking at the Driscoll Children's Hospital Rio Grande Valley Site.

DCHRGV Groundbreaking

On Tuesday, November 16, Driscoll Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony for Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley.

The new, independently operated, eight-level pediatric hospital will further the mission of Driscoll Children’s Hospital founder Clara Driscoll to provide medical care to all the children of South Texas. The building is expected to be completed in Spring 2023.

Speaker at the Groundbreaking Ceremony

Designated speakers included Master of Ceremonies Val LaMantia, Driscoll Children’s Hospital Board of Directors member from McAllen; Eric Hamon, President and CEO of Driscoll Health System; State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, District 20; and Driscoll Health Plan member and Driscoll patient Jeremiah Cardona.

“A groundbreaking changes a concept to a reality. As we reach this stage with Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley, it is both gratifying and exciting. I look forward to the road ahead, leading to a new full-service pediatric hospital for the children of the Rio Grande Valley,” said Eric Hamon, President and CEO of Driscoll Health System.


In early 2019, Driscoll began discussions to expand pediatric services to the Rio Grande Valley to include inpatient acute care. From there, plans developed for a new hospital that would be located at 2820 W. Michelangelo Drive in Edinburg leased and operated 100% by Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Driscoll has had a presence in the Rio Grande Valley for decades, with specialty centers in Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen staffed by Driscoll pediatric subspecialists and other clinical team members.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will operate with more than 500 employees, creating significant economic impact and new job opportunities for clinical, ancillary and support staff in the Valley.

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Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will provide the following pediatric services:

  • Pediatric specialists
  • Acute inpatient and outpatient surgery
  • Emergency services
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Rehabilitation: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy
  • Imaging
  • Laboratory
  • Child Life program



Watch the Facebook LIVE from the Groundbreaking 

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