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Posted on: May 9, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Commissioners' Court Honors the Life of Sister Marian Strohmeyer

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Commissioners’ Court approved a resolution honoring the life of Sister Marian Strohmeyer who served with the Sisters of Mercy for over 67 years, and recently passed away. Sister Marian was devoted to healthcare; specifically serving the needs of indigent populations, Salvadorian refugees, and those afflicted with AIDS. She is most credited with changing the entire concept of health care in the Rio Grande Valley, giving emphasis to the poor, migrant farm workers, and immigrants. Over her professional career, Sister Marian served as: Administrator of Mercy Hospital in Brownsville, Region 8 Coordinator for the Regional Medical Program, Director of Health Planning for Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, professor in the Health Related Professions Department at UTPA, and an appointee to the Texas State Board of Health; she was most noted for founding: the Southwest Liturgical Conference, Comfort House, Hope Family Health Center, and Casa Merced. Sister Marian’s most distinguished accomplishment was the creation of what is known today as Su Clinica Familiar, a clinic for low-income persons which is still in operation and serves hundreds of clients throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

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