Home > TX > Mcallen > Healthy Places > The Growth Factor

The Growth Factor

Valley Care Clinics is meeting the urgent demand for health care with rising stars in the medical field.

By Cara Sanders on October 25, 2018

McAllen TX
Ted Pettle, M.D./Photo Courtesy of Valley Care Clinics

An interesting statistic cropped up in the jobs sector during the first quarter of 2018: for the first time in history, health care surpassed manufacturing and retail as the largest source of jobs in the U.S. An aging population is partially responsible for those numbers–and indeed, the graying of the nation has widespread implications, impacting not only the job market, but the quality and level of care hospitals provide.

Valley Care Clinics is taking a proactive approach to the demands on health care. With over 23 locations, the Rio Grande Valley-based medical provider has a long history of delivering quality services to multi-generational families who entrust their care to the clinic’s network of primary care providers and specialists. This emphasis on best-in-class health care has driven expansion, physician recruitment, the opening of new locations, extended hours, online appointment booking and raised awareness of the benefits of being part of an integrated care network with South Texas Health System. Recently, the clinics have expanded services in the areas of family medicine, cardiovascular care, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma and various other critical fields.

The clinics’ affiliation with the South Texas Health System has helped boost their ability to recruit rising stars in primary and specialty care who want access to advanced technology, clinical team support and collaboration to improve patient outcomes. The geographic area also appeals to those seeking a career in health care, offering both a warm climate and local character.

McAllen TX
Luz Pettle, M.D./Photo Courtesy of Valley Care Clinics

Making Moves

The charm of the region–along with South Texas Health System’s reputable physicians and staff–drew Luz Pettle, an OB/GYN, and Ted Pettle, a gastroenterologist, to the Rio Grande Valley. The couple, who met in medical school, were looking to relocate to a warm, culturally diverse, safe and friendly environment where they could raise their two young children. McAllen had instant appeal, and the growing network of Valley Care Clinics helped solidify employment for these two young doctors.

“The Valley quickly became home for us and the South Texas Health System hospitals and clinics have made us feel so welcome,†says Dr. Luz Pettle. “They are providing opportunity for our professional growth and advancement. Between bringing in new specialists to the area and making major renovations and technology upgrades at the hospitals, we feel this health system is doing all it can to serve the people. We are happy to be a part of its strategic growth,†she added. 

“The alignment of Valley Care Clinics with South Texas Health System is beneficial to patients in the community,†says Dr. Ted Pettle. “Our patients feel better knowing that there’s a whole team and support structure working in sync to help them live better. There’s better delivery of timely, efficient care and less redundancy, which our patients deserve.â€

McAllen TX
Ted Pettle, M.D./Photo Courtesy of Valley Care Clinics

When You’re Here

Whether you’re in town for a visit or are considering relocating to the area, South Texas Health System offers various patient care options throughout the region. Their six acute care hospitals feature advanced medical technology and offer a comprehensive array of medical services, while their Valley Care Clinics benefit from affiliations with skilled physicians. Clinics can be found in McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Rio Grande City, Weslaco and Alton.


Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of South Texas Health System. The system shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the non-discrimination notice, visit our website.

Newsletter Sign Up

Keep up to date with our latest rankings and articles!
Enter your email to be added to our mailing list.