Dr. Marco Coppola with patient

Dr. Coppola participated in Operation Border Health Preparedness, a week-long mission that provided free healthcare to residents in the Rio Grande Valley.

Media Contact
Jennifer Christoferson 
Director of Marketing 

For Immediate Release:

August 3, 2023 (The Rio Grande Valley, TX) – Over the last week, The Colony ER Hospital’s emergency room physician and retired Brigadier General of the Texas State Guard, Dr. Marco Coppola, participated in the largest medical humanitarian service mission in the United States – Operation Border Health Preparedness (OBHP). Since 2000, Dr. Coppola has volunteered his service to provide the people in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley with access to a week of free medical care.

OBHP, previously known as Operation Lone Star, has been active since 1998 to provide free medical, dental, and vision care to thousands in South Texas communities as they prepare for disaster recovery.

In conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services, local county and city health departments, medical schools, human service organizations, Texas Military Forces, and out-of-state agencies, like Remote Area Medical (RAM), volunteers ensure the community, which usually doesn’t have wide-spread access to healthcare services, receives the expert medical care needed.

“This is a chance to help those in our community that do not have good access to healthcare,” said Dr. Coppola. “This form of giving back leaves a big impact on their lives and mine, as for many, this is the only medical care they receive all year.”

This year’s OBHP mission featured a week of access to general physician services and diabetic, hearing, vision, and blood pressure screenings by doctors and nurses from the Texas State Guard, with no appointments needed at four location points. Each location saw about 300 to 400 people daily.

“It’s amazing to see hundreds of people waiting in long lines to receive the medical care they need – from kids waiting for their first vaccinations to adults looking for care to fight lifetime illnesses,” said Dr. Coppola.

During the week, Dr. Coppola preceptor students from Texas A&M University and UT Health Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. One student spoke on Dr Coppola’s teaching.

“His passion for teaching and guiding the students from the school of medicine was evident in every interaction. His ability to impart knowledge and instill confidence was truly admirable. His dedication, compassion, and genuine care for patients have left a lasting impression.”

Parallel to the mission of Dr. Coppola’s hospital base, The Colony ER Hospital, the disaster exercise expands access to exceptional medical care for all in the community. The goal is for patients to get healthier year after year.

For everyday emergency care and services, open 24/7, The Colony ER Hospital is here to help the community in any emergency situation – no matter the illness or injury.

For more information, contact Jennifer Christoferson, The Colony ER Hospital’s Director of Marketing.


Physician-owned and operated, The Colony ER Hospital provides concierge-level emergency care to the local community and surrounding areas. The Colony ER Hospital is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and their team of highly trained medical professionals and board-certified physicians specialize in individualized care without the wait. In addition to Emergency Medical Services, the hospital also provides overnight inpatient care, pediatric care and laboratory and imaging services, including CT, Ultrasound, and X-Ray. Patients can experience the difference in compassionate healthcare at The Colony ER Hospital, conveniently located at 4780 State Hwy 121 in The Colony, Texas.

The Colony ER Hospital is a Nutex Health Inc. affiliated hospital facility. Headquartered in Houston, Texas and founded in 2011, Nutex Health Inc. (NASDAQ: NUTX) is a physician-led, technology-enabled healthcare services company with approximately 1500 employees nationwide and is partnered with over 800 physicians. Nutex Health has two divisions: a Hospital division and a Population Health Management division. The Hospital division currently owns and operates over 20 healthcare facilities in eight different states, equipped with highly trained medical professionals who provide concierge-level care to their communities. The Population Health Management division provides management, administrative and other support services to its affiliated hospitals and physician groups. 


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