The doctor Nelson Valentin Gonzalez, director of the Pediatric Emergency Room of the Mayagüez Medical Center, died of a complication in a surgery process, reported the Association of Graduate Students of the Mayagüez Residential Center for Educational Opportunities, known as Croem Alumni.
According to a press release, Valentín González was known among his patients as “the town pediatrician” and was one of the most prominent members of that student group.
The wake will take place this Saturday, January 30, at the Malavé de Añasco Funeral Home from 11:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.
“It is important to remember that the people who attend must undergo a temperature verification, the use of a mask is mandatory and the social distancing required in this pandemic will be observed,” said the executive director of Croem Alumni, Wilson Nazario Torres.
“Puerto Rico loses one of its best pediatricians, an extraordinary human being, who managed to get his patients to call him ‘the people’s pediatrician’, for his kindness, dedication and attention to those most in need”he added.
He also highlighted that Valentín González was director for 30 years of the Pediatric Ward at the well-known Clinica Doctores Perea de Mayagüez and that, at the time of his death, he held the title of associate professor at the Ponce School of Medicine, in charge of the physicians who carry out their residency in the pediatric area assigned to the Mayagüez Medical Center.
“The doctor specializing in medicine for children and adolescents is a graduate of the Residential Center for Educational Opportunities of Mayagüez, known by its acronym CROEM, where he had an outstanding academic achievement at the end of his studies in 1977 (4-point student). From there he entered the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (formerly the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts), where he completed a bachelor’s degree in biology ‘Magna Cum Laude’. He is a native of the town of Añasco where he studied in public school. He obtained a doctorate in medicine with a concentration in pediatrics at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico ”, informed the executive director of the association.