From the Desk of the President

Corazon de Oro –Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students from the Student Government Association and Gold Humanism Honor Society will team up this Saturday, April 11, for Corazon de Oro Day – the school’s largest service event of the year. The students will volunteer at different sites throughout El Paso, including the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, the Humane Society, the El Paso Zoo, and the Lower Valley Health Fair. These students want to show their appreciation to this community for all its support.

Lessons Learned – TTUHSC El Paso Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., has been invited to the nation’s capital to present at next week’s Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) 2015 International Forum. He will share his expertise in a panel discussion entitled “Lessons Learned from Newly Established Academic Health Centers”. Manny’s history as founding dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, and now as the first TTUHSC El Paso provost, provides him with the unique perspective garnered from developing a school on an international border. Good luck, Manny!

Kudos – The TTUHSC El Paso Department of OB-GYN’s Sireesha Reddy, M.D., was recently accepted as a member of the 2015-2016 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. Her selection places her among the very best and brightest women leaders in academic medicine. Congratulations on such a huge honor.

Health Care Partner – I would like to send my best wishes to Eric Evans, who has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tenet Healthcare’s Texas Region operations. As CEO of Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN), he was instrumental in forging a partnership with TTUHSC El Paso, leading to the creation of the city’s first acute-care based geriatric behavioral unit, as well as our planned teaching hospital. We have been the beneficiary of his leadership and friendship, and I am certain that he will continue to support El Paso’s health care needs in his new position. I’m pleased that Sally Hurt-Deitch will be the CEO of the Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN). In 2014, Sally began overseeing Tenet’s new multi-million dollar hospital in Northwest El Paso in collaboration with TTUHSC El Paso leadership. I’ve worked with Sally and am confident that great things are in store for our institutions and partnership.

Things to Come – TTUHSC El Paso is dedicated to institution-wide diversity initiatives and life-saving programs that will impact the region…and beyond. In Monday’s edition of the El Paso Times, the TTUHSC El Paso Office of Diversity Affairs’ work on the Safe Zone LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Allies Training, as well as LGBT Sensitivity Training for first-year medical students will be highlighted. In a future edition, the El Paso Times will introduce readers to the Pediatric Gender Identity Clinic that TTUHSC El Paso pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Hector Granados and his team established. As a health sciences university, we enhance the wellbeing of those working within our organization through knowledge and understanding. By doing so, we are better able to serve our community’s needs.

Spring Into Wellness – Clear skies and a high near 85 degrees ensure that this year’s Spring Into Wellness dunkees – which includes me – will enjoy a nice dip in the dunking booth! I look forward to seeing all TTUHSC El Paso employees making the most of their afternoon of wellness by making it up the climbing wall, shooting hoops, completing the boot camp or just lounging on our grassy area, taking a much needed break from daily stress. Thanks to the Employee Council and Campus Health Initiative Committee for organizing this annual event. Enjoy!