South Texas Health System congratulates the 2010 graduating class of the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program for their commitment to improving healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley.

As part of the a joint program of McAllen Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 18 residents — six first-year residents, six second-year residents and six third-year residents — care for local families at McAllen Medical Center, Family Medical Center — UT, and at private physicians’ offices in the community.

This year’s graduates, Dr. Padmini Herath, Dr. Jorge Escobar MD, Dr. Christopher Litchfield, Dr. Roman Tavarez and Dr. Maria Yssa were involved in all aspects of family care, including preventive and medical care, pediatric services and obstetric care. They are also five of the program’s 164 graduates.

Drs. Litchfield, Tavarez and Yssa will remain in McAllen to practice Family Medicine. Dr. Escobar will serve the Upper Rio Grande Valley practicing Family Medicine in Rio Grande City.

“Year after year, the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program recruits and retains outstanding physicians who’ve made the Rio Grande Valley their home,” says Joe Riley, Chief Executive Officer for McAllen Medical Center. “Their service in our community is valuable to our quality of life. We congratulate the 2010 graduates and wish them continued success as they provide care to their patients throughout their careers in Family Medicine.”

Residents of the McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program receive training, skills and experience they need for providing comprehensive and family oriented primary care to patients in Hidalgo County and in rural, underserved areas of South Texas. They help by providing prenatal care, managing high risk pregnancies, delivering babies, providing routine and complex care to children, adults, and seniors, and offering outpatient and preventative care services to families of the Rio Grande Valley.

Since the program began over 30 years ago, it has been a tremendous asset to both the hospital and the community.