Each month, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso employee who contributes to the university’s Employee Giving Campaign will be featured. Participating in this campaign sends a powerful message to the community that employees not only work here, but also truly believe in our mission to serve all people through exemplary patient care, education and research. This month’s employees are Steve and Bonnie Weber. Steve is senior director of Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Administration, and Bonnie is a programmer analyst III.
Steve and Bonnie Weber both started working for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) in late 2016 and started giving to the Employee Giving Campaign when it was launched in 2017. They both donate to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
Bonnie said she thinks of the future need for health care professionals in our region when she gives to the campaign.
“Hopefully we’ll keep some of the physicians that get educated here, and in the end, one of them will save our lives,” she said.
Steve thinks it’s good to give to the campaign because it will help alleviate the health care worker shortage.
“I think everybody wants to give to something they believe in, and I believe in what we’re doing here – educating and producing doctors that can help fill the need because of the huge shortage that exists,” Steve said. “And nurses are a part of that, too. You give, hoping over time we get more and more that benefits the local areas.”
The Weber’s teenage daughter, Rebecca, is another reason they support the campaign.
“We’re older parents, and she’s our IVF (in vitro fertilization) miracle baby,” Bonnie said of Rebecca, who was born three months early. “She was our last shot. So, I’ve always had such respect for the medical field, technology and what can happen in health care.”
Rebecca has shown an interest in the health care field and is part of the nursing magnet program at Franklin High School affiliated with the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing. Her parents want her to be a nurse for a while before enrolling in medical school to become a doctor.
Giving back has never been so easy now that the Employee Giving Campaign form is online. Click here to join the Employee Giving Campaign.