Texas Medical Association President Austin I. King, MD, honored three Hidalgo County leaders and one organization for their dedication to improving the health of their community, and who came to the rescue of thousands of Central American immigrants who entered Texas last year and continue to do so today.
The honorees are: Martin Garza, MD, Edinburg pediatrician; Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society; Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley; and Eduardo Olivarez, chief administrative officer, Hidalgo County Health Department.
For many weeks, these honorees worked together to meet the various health and personal needs of children and families who entered the United States. Supported by Catholic Charities, the Hidalgo County Medical Society, and the Hidalgo County Health Department, physicians offered health screenings, medical care, and comfort to each person in need.