Puro Pinche’s advice for a fun, safe Fiesta!

Puro Pinche’s advice for a fun, safe Fiesta!



Download Methodist Healthcare’s new ER Mobile App before you head to Fiesta!


We all love the good parts of Fiesta… NIOSA nights with Mr. Chicken, gorditas and gritos at Historic Market Square, and fancy flashing lights at the Flambeau Parade.


But what happens when you step on the stick holding that fried piece of chicken heaven, lose hearing from all the Conjunto music, or accidentally fall from your family’s bleachers on Broadway??


Now Methodist Healthcare has an app to get you help pronto!

Text MHSER to 99000 or click the link below!


Install the Methodist ER App on your iOS Mobile Device for a Chance to Win Commemorative T-Shirts.






Keep these friendly #FiestaSafetyTips handy as you’re enjoy this 10-day salute to San Antonio:

Stay hydrated.  Drink water continuously even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Remember that alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the body.

Dress for the heat.   For many of us, Fiesta® activities will be the first time we are out in the heat of the day.  Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in light colors.  Wearing a hat helps, too.

Feast on Fiesta® foods with care.   Fiesta® is a great time to sample new foods.  If you are unaccustomed to eating spicy foods, choose your Fiesta® foods with care.  Also, be mindful of food allergies.

Show us your shoes.   This popular Fiesta® greeting reminds everyone that the right shoes are important for walking long distances over terrain that can be rocky and uneven or the hot asphalt of the streets.  Don’t let a sprain or fall end your fun.

Bring your sunscreen.  Re-apply frequently to avoid your first sunburn of the season.

Remember bugs and plants.  Many Fiesta® activities are in beautiful outdoor settings with flowering plants and trees.   Take action quickly if you are allergic to bee or wasp bites.   Also watch for fire ants.   Spring allergy season usually is in full bloom for Fiesta®, so if a severe allergic reaction occurs, seek help.

Listen to your body.  If you start experiencing headache, muscle spasm, nausea, fatigue, dizziness or fever, seek help quickly.





 A few words from my friends at Methodist Healthcare:

“With facilities all over San Antonio, Methodist Healthcare is in the perfect position to provide emergency health services to Fiesta®-goers,” and Palmira Arellano, vice president, marketing and public relations, Methodist Healthcare System.  “We want people to have a good time, but should a medical emergency arise, we want our community to know that our new app will help them get the help they need quickly and conveniently.”


No matter which event you are attending, the Methodist ER app will help you find the closest emergency medical help.   The app lists the Methodist Healthcare hospitals and emergency centers throughout the city with addresses, emergency room wait times for most Methodist facilities, and distance in miles from the app user.  Detailed information is included on the services for each hospital.  Call-A-Nurse for Children services are also listed for parents who need to reach specially-trained pediatric nurses for immediate medical advice on an ill child.    Fiesta® safety tips also are part of the new app.


For more information the Methodist ER app, visit


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April 23rd, 2015

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