From the Desk of the President

BOR – Last week, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents (BOR) approved a 20-year Academic Affiliation Agreement with Tenet Hospitals Limited. The hospital will be located on the northwest side of El Paso and serve as a teaching hospital for medical students, nursing students, resident physicians and faculty from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTHUSC) El Paso. It will offer training for approximately 75 (and possibly up to 90) new medical residents. This is great news for El Paso’s health care future.

PLFSOM Graduation – Last Friday, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Paul L. Foster School of Medicine commencement and convocation ceremony.  I also had the privilege of presenting the Gold-Headed Cane Award to the student who best exemplifies the attributes that are most desirable in a competent and caring physician. This year, there were two recipients selected jointly by the students and faculty – Jay Matthew Jackson and MariCarmen Stout Shields. Congratulations to them both and good luck to our 73 graduates!

EPCH/UMC – El Paso has a vibrant and passionate health care community. It is unfortunate that the El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center could not resolve their issue, but I want our community to know that the desire of our doctors with Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso is to continue providing excellent care to our children in the region.

TMA Scholarship – I’m pleased to announce that Sam Garcia — a Horizon City resident, UTEP graduate, and soon to be Paul L. Foster School of Medicine first-year medical student — recently received a Texas Medical Association Minority Scholarship for $5000. Recipients were recognized for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and a deep desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population.  I look forward to welcoming Sam to the incoming medical school class.

STEM Fiesta 2.0 – We supported the STEM Fiesta 2.0 held at UTEP this week, where local students and schools competed for prizes and scholarships. I was part of the Higher Education Panel discussion, along with UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Workforce Solutions Borderplex CEO Joyce Wilson. Moderator Barbara Walker, from Cisco, moderated the discussion that provided the audience of middle and high school students, their parents, and community members, with insight regarding the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It was a great week to celebrate the future of health care in El Paso.

Holiday – On Monday, May 25, all TTUHSC El Paso offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On that day, I ask each of you to take a moment to remember that freedom is not free; many men and women paid the ultimate price for it. Let’s not forget their bravery nor take our freedom for granted.