A group of 18 school librarians from the Rio Grande City Independent School District took a walk down memory lane at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library during National Library Week. Adelina Villarreal, Library Director for the Rio Grande City ISD, contacted librarians at the Ramirez Library, because she wanted to provide an opportunity for RGCISD librarians to visit the library named for Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. an honored member of the Starr County community. Dr. Ramirez founded the first hospital in Roma, and as Starr County Judge, brought the Starr County Memorial Hospital to Rio Grande City. Ms. Garza also wanted the librarians to learn more about the unique services of a specialized medical library.
Many librarians in the group recalled fond childhood memories of Dr. Ramirez, who served as their family physician. Many credited Dr. Ramirez as the physician who brought them into the world, and they enjoyed perusing the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Collection, locating their mothers’ names and birth dates in his record book of deliveries.
Librarians also toured the clinical simulation lab at the Regional Academic Health Center. Dr. Adela Valdez, Assistant Regional Dean, provided a presentation of the lab and demonstrated how it is used for medical education at the RAHC. An introduction to resources and services available from the National Library of Medicine was also provided by Ramirez Library staff.