Rio Grande Regional Hospital
February 25, 2014

Rio Grande Regional Hospital Celebrates The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day

[Photo] Rio Grande Regional Hospital “Ladies in Red” front: Cris Rivera, RGRH Chief Executive Officer; Second Row from left to right: Darrylene Caraveo, Karen Mallon, Kathy Tavarez, Irma Garza, RGRH Board of Trustees, Adriana Morales, Fredericka Borland, M. D., RGRH Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Kimberly Wiesehan; Third Row from left to right: Mary Valencia, Beatrice Salinas, Yoli Cavazos, Nancy Reeder, and Marilyn De Julio

McAllen, TX, February 13, 2014—Cris Rivera, CEO of Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH), is making sure her hospital helps raise awareness about preventing and treating heart disease ―the number one killer of women.  For the second year, Rio Grande Regional Hospital celebrated Go Red For Women.

According to the American Heart Association, Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of all women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. This is a special day to draw attention to the silent killer amongst women. While one in 31 women will die from breast cancer each year, one in three women will lose their lives to heart disease. The good news is that up to 80 percent of cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, which is what makes the research, education and awareness initiatives of the American Heart Association so critical.

"Women are being urged to know their risk factors and adopt healthy lifestyle practices that can help save our lives,” said Rivera. “We must challenge ourselves every day to take better care of our health and make the necessary changes to beat this disease.”

The cardiovascular team at Rio Grande Regional Hospital believes in putting their hearts into caring for the hearts of our community. 


Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital is a 320-bed, full service medical facility serving the Rio Grande Valley.  With over 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, Rio Grande Regional Hospital along with the Children’s Medical Center at Rio Grande Regional Hospital offer an array of comprehensive services including: full surgical and diagnostic capabilities, Cardiac Care; Surgical Services; Radiology;  Women’s Services; Diabetes Management; Intensive Care for Adults and Pediatric; Neonatal Care; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy; Advanced Level III Trauma Services, and an Off-Site Emergency Department.  For more information visit our website at