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Posted on: August 25, 2016

[ARCHIVED] OPERATION LONE STAR PROVIDED OVER $700,000 IN FREE MEDICAL SERVICES IN 18TH YEAR

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Commissioners Court was briefed on the successful completion of Operation Lone Star held at five locations from Laredo to Brownsville, including two sites in Hidalgo County July 25-29.

Services available free of charge to anyone who attended included child immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and sports physicals. Operation Lone Star staged its first event in providing emergency responders training on how to quickly set up and operate clinics in the event of a public health emergency in 1999.

In Hidalgo County, dental services and vision exams for prescription glasses for adults and children were provided at Juarez-Lincoln High School in Mission and PSJA High School in San Juan, said Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo "Eddie" Olivarez.

During the weeklong event, 6,285 people visited both Hidalgo County sites. Of those people a total of 4,335 were seen including 2,624 medical patients, 934 dental patients and 777 vision patients.

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