The Edinburg Children’s Hospital, the Rio Grande Valley’s first and only hospital just for kids, will celebrate its 5th Birthday this Saturday, March 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the hospital’s parking lot and lobby, located at the corner of Trenton and Sugar roads in Edinburg. The public is invited to the party!

Children are encouraged to take a spin on a carnival ride, get their faces painted, snack on sweet treats, jam to the outdoor music or just enjoy the day among friends and family. The celebration is intended to thank the community for its support over the past five years. There is no cost to attend.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to give back to our community and educate them about our services and beautiful facility,” said Linda Resendez, Chief Executive Officer of Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Center and the Edinburg Regional Rehab Center. “While we hope people don’t have to come here for treatment, if they do, we want them to know that Edinburg Children’s Hospital is a warm, welcoming place that provides high-quality care just for kids. Parents have a choice when it comes to healthcare, and we hope they would choose us to look after their little loved ones.”

Edinburg Children’s Hospital — a facility of the South Texas Health System, one of the largest healthcare providers and one of the largest employers in Hidalgo County — significantly expanded the types of services available to children in the Rio Grande Valley when it opened five years ago. It has the Valley’s only pediatric emergency center, and it recently garnered distinction as an Asthma Center of Excellence by The Joint Commission.  All of the hospital’s dedicated nurses, therapists, and practicing physicians specialize in treating children. They can quickly identify injuries and illnesses without the need for invasive, diagnostic procedures, and they do it all in a comforting, kid-friendly environment.

Edinburg Children’s Hospital houses the Ronald McDonald Family Room, where parents and families of patients can go for a quiet respite, to take a nap or shower or to do laundry, and recently, Edinburg Children’s Hospital even opened a Subway restaurant in the lobby to help parents keep up their strength and resolve through nutritious food options when their child is hospitalized with an illness. Edinburg Children’s Hospital’s child life specialists work with patients to help them and their families deal with stress and anxiety they may feel about their treatment and hospitalization, and of course, Edinburg Children’s Hospital always has exciting and unique visitors — athletes, authors, craftsmen and even four-legged visitors — that show up to cheer up patients!

Eddy, the children hospital’s fun loving monkey mascot, will be at the party greeting people and just “monkey-ing around.” Free toys and recyclable tote bags will also be given out as long as supplies last.