From the Desk of the President

Gold Seal of Approval – This week, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. This award is a reflection of our organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this outcome possible, especially Michael Romano, M.D., associate dean for Clinical Affairs, Irma Montes-Gomez, senior director of Quality Improvement/Employee Health, and Mike Herrera, regulatory specialist in Occupational Health. Their leadership was invaluable during this process.

TMA Councilor – The Texas Medical Association (TMA) board of councilors re-elected TTUHSC El Paso professor Gilbert Handal, M.D., as vice councilor. The Board of Councilors serves as the ethical policy making body of the TMA. One of its valuable functions includes making decisions regarding questions of medical ethics. Dr. Handal is board certified in pediatric disease and critical care, and has been practicing medicine for 45 years. His wealth of knowledge and experience are certain to have a positive impact at this significant level. Congratulations!

EPIC – The EPIC Fund is the first shared commercialization fund by TTUHSC El Paso and UTEP. This week, the EPIC Fund awarded $50,000 to faculty from both universities whose work demonstrated strong commercial potential. Congratulations to all awardees, especially TTUHSC El Paso faculty members Bradley Fuhrman, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Brad Bryan, Ph.D., in the Center of Emphasis in Cancer, and Amr Abdelgawad, M.D., a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at TTUHSC El Paso. Read this week’s Tech View blog to learn more about innovative efforts taking place locally, with potential global impact.