From the Desk of the President
Board of Regents Meeting
I am pleased to announce that while in Lubbock last week I met with the Finance and Administration Committee of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents who not only gave approval to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 operating budget for our institution, but also complimented our team on a job well done. The approved FY 2016 operating budget for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is $241 million, a 9 percent increase over FY 2015.
Texas Tech’s campus is the nation’s second largest campus at 1,839 acres. The Spanish Renaissance-style architecture of the campus buildings is reflected on our own campus and will be the inspiration as we plan the design of our second Medical Science Building.
Congratulations to the members of our West Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) team for their award-winning video that earned them a top spot at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) 38th Annual National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.
The mental health video created and presented by TTUHSC El Paso students George Salas, Valerie Favela, Carol Cleetus and Jose M. Villanueva received second place for the Barbara James Service Award.
The goal of AHEC is to address the health care provider shortage and improve health care access in west Texas through education and the development of the health care workforce.
10th Annual Border Health Conference
The 10th Annual Border Health Conference was held in El Paso for the first time last week. Three U.S. congressmen, including U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, (seen in this photo with TTUHSC El Paso Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Associate Dean of Academic Programs William Michael
Scott, D.N.P.) and healthcare professionals representing border counties from California to Texas were in attendance. Panelists discussed issues related to border health, public health, ensuring access and the power of collaboration. The conference is sponsored by the Border Health Caucus.
We’ve officially launched a partnership with KVIA-TV by being the 62nd WeatherNet site for the station. Thanks to the recently installed PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) camera, you can find a live view of our campus at weatherbug.com. This new collaboration will enhance the reporting of weather data in the borderland, allowing us to give back to the community.
Texas Tech Night at the Chihuahuas
In true TTUHSC El Paso fashion, we knocked it out of the park during Texas Tech Night at the Chihuahuas. Dr. Peter Rotwein threw the first pitch, Chico stopped by to say hello and hundreds of our students, faculty, physicians and staff enjoyed the family fun. Thanks to all who participated and made this a memorable event.