GECU Gift Pushes Health Care Forward in West Texas

On Tuesday, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso officials thanked GECU for their donation in support of improved health care for the West Texas region.

GECU announced a gift of $5,000 to go toward nursing scholarships, and $4,000 in support of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Student Run Clinic. GECU President and CEO Crystal Long declared Tuesday as TTUHSC El Paso day with GECU. TTUHSC El Paso and GECU team members donned “Teamed Up for Health” T-shirts, symbolizing the positive impact the collaboration will have.

“We are so grateful to be a part of the incredible work and impact that Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is making in our community,” Long said. “We hope that students will achieve their goals through the incomparable resources and opportunities that TTUHSC El Paso provides. We are so proud to partner with universities that believe in the value of education.”

GECU's gift will increase scholarship funding for students and the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and support activities at the Medical Student Run Clinic in Sparks.

GECU’s gift will increase scholarship funding for students at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and support activities at the Medical Student Run Clinic in Sparks.

Nursing scholarships are especially important in El Paso to assist students who normally could not afford school, further helping to ease the nursing shortage in the city.

The Medical Student Run Clinic provides free primary health care screenings and other health care services to the Sparks community in Far East El Paso County. Volunteer work at the clinic provides students from the Foster School of Medicine with an opportunity to work in a real clinical environment while also developing a relationship with the community. 

Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement at TTUHSC El Paso, said she was thankful for GECU’s commitment to health care in West Texas.

“TTUHSC El Paso is happy to be ‘Teamed Up For Health’ with GECU,” Tawney said. “The Medical Student Run Clinic does such important work for the community of Sparks, bringing health care to an underserved area. Scholarships are an investment in students who have a calling to serve our community as nurses. Support from our partners is critical for our students to succeed but also inspire them to push forward and complete their nursing degree.”