From the Desk of the President

UMC Joint Commission Survey – Over the past week, you may have heard the results of a visit by the Joint Commission to University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso. While UMC remains fully accredited, they have been placed on what is called “Preliminary Denial of Accreditation” due to standards regarding documentation not met in the Sterilization Processing Unit. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has been working tirelessly to assist UMC with communicating with patients and the public, addressing the situation, and preparing for another survey in just a few weeks. Meantime, the surgical equipment is being sterilized at an off-site location, and patients are being fully informed and provided options as to where they would like to have their surgery performed. For all of us, patient safety always comes first.   UMC has addressed this quickly and comprehensively and they have our full support in obtaining the Joint Commission’s full stamp of approval. Much work still remains to be done. I will do my best to keep you informed of the latest developments.

White Coat Ceremony– Our first year medical students have spent the past two weeks writing their oath which they will ratify on Friday. Then on Saturday, family and friends will gather to watch them don their white coats for the first time at the White Coat Ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Class of 2019 will read their oath. The keynote speaker at the ceremony is Dr. Charmaine Martin of the Department of Family Medicine. I hope you will join me on Saturday afternoon to officially welcome our future physicians.