From the Desk of the President

From the Desk of the President

Big Goals – A new year sparks new energy into long-term goals. One of my top priorities for this year’s upcoming legislative session is securing funds to build the third structure of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). Part of the original blueprint, the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II will provide essential space necessary for progressive border research. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso has had the good fortune to grow its academic, clinical and research staff and faculty to nearly 2000. This does not account for the roughly 500 students attending the PLFSOM, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The current infrastructure is unable to maintain the residency of various institutional offices, many of which have now moved off campus. As our university continues to grow, it is important that we maintain momentum without jeopardizing opportunities due to a lack of space in the foreseeable future. Aside from the MSB II request, we are also asking the state legislature to assist with program upgrades that are vital to our continued progress.

Big Move – Speaking of continued growth, the GGHSON has moved from its temporary location on Yandell Drive to its new, permanent home at 210 N. Concepcion St., right across from the medical school. Next month, we plan to invite the community to a ribbon cutting and tour of our newest facility. The timing is perfect for our newest batch of GGHSON students to enjoy their new digs. These 31 students are enrolled in the school’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) Program. Good luck to them all.

Baby Café – The GGHSON Baby Café, which was also located at the school of nursing’s old location, now resides in the Clinical Sciences Building located at 4801 Alberta Ave. The GGHSON Baby Café, which was the second to open in the U.S., is a place where expectant and breastfeeding mothers, and their babies, can bond while receiving support from a breastfeeding specialist. Find Baby Café details in this week’s Tech View blog.

STAT! Alert – This past week, as many of you already know, a tragedy took place at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System clinic at Fort Bliss. Although the incident did not take place on TTUHSC El Paso property, our students and residents receive training and provide services at that location. Our STAT! Alert system was used to keep those at that location aware of the status of the situation and to ensure that faculty, staff and students heading to that location would stay clear. Through this system, all faculty, staff and students signed up with the STAT! Alert system automatically receive an email. If you have not already done so, I urge you to go to http://www.ttuhsc.edu/emergencyalert and sign up for STAT! Alert or update your information. Thank you to Lieutenant Tony Quintela and the Texas Tech Police Department for proceeding with great leadership and composure during this event.

Think Big – This first week of this New Year, many of you may be thinking small in terms of meals and waist sizes…but I encourage you to think BIG! This year, take a big risk. Plan on participating in a local marathon or triathlon, such as the all-female Mighty Mujer Triathlon. Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso is this year’s sponsor!   If you need extra motivation, attend monthly Walkin’ the Talk wellness lectures or ask a co-worker to join you for a lunchtime jog along the campus walking path, or take the stairs instead of the elevators. This year, make yourself a priority and give it your all – one step at a time. To register for the Mighty Mujer Triathalon, or to learn more, go to http://www.raceelpaso.com.