The McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their 3rd annual Medical Awards Banquet and honored seven individuals/organizations.

“We are extremely excited to recognize and honor the Medical community as it plays a very important part in our daily lives” noted Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, MHCC president and CEO. The nominations have been increasing every year, thus making it harder for the Judging Committee from Austin to make their determination as to the annual winners.”

Being honored this year were, for Nurse of the Year, Elisa Gutierrez, for her passion to work at the bedside with patients more than sitting in an office setting. For Nurse Practitioner, the honoree was Sandra Tovar for her untiring commitment to promote her profession to the highest level.

The Physician Assistant honored was Rolando Velasquez. The quiet, low-key individual is very dedicated to his profession having worked with Dr. Enrique Griego at the Guajira Family Clinic & Diabetes Care Clinic for nine years. The General Physician of the Year was awarded to Dr. Juan Campos for his outstanding example to his friends, patients and fellow physicians. Specialty Physician of the Year was awarded to Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez.

Las Palmas HealthCare Center again this year was honored as the Nursing Home of the Year.

The final highlight of the evening was the naming of the Hospital of the Year which went to Rio Grande Regional Hospital.