CEO of Texas Hospital Requests Help from Government to Stop Violence

Published: July 16, 2008

EL PASO, Texas – For the third time this year, Thomason Hospital was forced to heighten security after another wounded officer from Juárez, Mexico crossed the border and was brought into the facility for treatment July 11. Jim Valenti, president and CEO of the hospital, has asked elected officials in the United States to help stop the violence in Mexico.

During the July 11 event, the hospital was placed on lockdown, and sheriff’s deputies guarded the facility with assault rifles. Every visitor who entered the hospital was screened by a metal detector.

Valenti explained that since January, 11 victims have been treated at the facility due to the drug war violence in Juárez. Seven of those victims were U.S. citizens.

Additionally, Valenti added that the hospital is the only Level 1 trauma center in the region. Because of this, the hospital must provide immediate treatment to patients who require Level 1 trauma care. The Mexican government, however, has reimbursed the hospital for most of the patients treated at the facility who come from Mexico.

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