Thursday, January 21, 2010

South Texas Health System Honors State Rep. Aaron Peña

McAllen, Texas (January 20, 2010) -- South Texas Health System held a special presentation in honor of State Representative Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg Wednesday, January 20 at McAllen Heart Hospital to celebrate his contributions to improving healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley.

Top officials with South Texas Health System presented Peña with the “Community Leader Appreciation Award” and recognized him for his leadership role and support of legislative measures to protect and uphold quality health care delivery in the Rio Grande Valley. Hospital officials also previewed Representative Peña’s agenda and perspective for the 82nd legislative session.

Representative Aaron Peña was first elected to represent House District 40 and its communities of Edinburg, McAllen, the Delta Area and Northern and Western Hidalgo County in 2002. Since elected he has continued to fight for better access to health care, strong public schools, compassionate care for our veterans and he has worked towards creating good jobs and a strong economy for South Texas. Last session Representative Peña was a key author of legislation creating a medical school and health science center in the Rio Grande Valley. He also co-authored a bill providing disabled veterans a property tax exemption. Representative Peña has continued to fight for a veterans hospital for South Texas. In 2007 he secured $3,000,000.00 for a drug treatment center for Hidalgo County and another $750,000.00 for a park at the Edinburg Boys and Girls club.

As a lifelong resident of Edinburg, he has also been an active community volunteer and has supported numerous charities, civic organizations and schools.

Representative Peña holds numerous awards for his public service such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Edinburg 2009 Legislative Partner Award, Malayalee Association of the Rio Grande Valley Community Service Excellence Award, Texas District and County Attorneys Association Law & Order Award, The Texas Humane Legislation Network The Texas Animal Humanitarian Award, The Century Council's State Legislative Award.

By Dalinda Guillen, South Texas Health System

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