First United Methodist Church welcomes new Wesley Nurse

Wesley Nurse to offer Brownsville community health care servicesMarvella Garcia

Brownsville, Texas — Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is excited to offer the Wesley Nurse program in Brownsville at the First United Methodist Church. The signature program is Methodist Healthcare Ministries' largest program geographically with more than 80 sites accross South Texas. The health and wellness program is committed to serving the least served through education, health promotion and collaboration with the individual and community in achieving improved wellness through self-empowerment.

Since 1997, First United Methodist Church in Brownsville has partnered with Methodist Healthcare Ministries to offer area residents direct access to the Wesley Nurse program in their neighborhood. This unique model of faith community nursing is committed to education, health promotion and collaboration. Anyone looking to improve their physical, mental or spiritual health can find support and assistance through this local program.

Marvella Garcia, RN, is a seasoned health care professional with more than 10 years of experience serving as a home health nurse, school nurse, emergency care and nursing administration prior to joining Methodist Healthcare Ministries. She looks forward to impacting the community by providing educational opportunities and facilitating services to help empower the lives of her clients and their loved ones.

Marvella's programming as a Wesley Nurse will include blood pressure and glucose screenings, group and individual health education programs, nutritional support, referral services and community outreach programs. Her goal is to provide holistic health (body, mind and spirit) services and resources to those those in need.

"I want to empower community residents through access to health care programs and services," explains Garcia.

Ms. Garcia's office is located at the First United Methodist Church (1225 Boca Chica Blvd.). Normal office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change due to Wesley Nurse program responsibilities and community outreach. For additional information, call (956) 546-5365 or visit