During a recent Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) Friends of the Dental School event, the Sundt Foundation—a nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults—presented a check for $5,000 to help support patients’ needs at the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (TTP El Paso) Breast Care Center.
The Sundt Foundation is the charitable arm of Sundt Construction Inc., which is managing construction of the Medical Sciences Building II (MSB II) at TTUHSC El Paso. MSB II will be home to the future Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine. The check was presented to TTUHSC El Paso on April 18, during the Friends of the Dental School event that included a hard-hat tour of the MSB II. Through a virtual reality application, about 30 local dentists and community members were able to visualize the space where the school will be located. The dental learning center will include a 6,200-square-foot Simulation and Technique Laboratory, where students will hone their skills on A-dec Simulators featuring life-like, articulating manikins.
Karinn Chambers, M.D., assistant professor in TTUHSC El Paso’s department of surgery and medical director of the Breast Care Center, said 80 percent of the center’s patients are uninsured and have very little means, so a gift like this will be impactful.
The Breast Care Center, accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), provides high quality care and treatment options for patients with breast disease. The center is committed to not only treating patients, but also features a Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic to help alleviate the stress that comes along with diagnosis.
“It’s wonderful to see the amount of support and devotion that’s in our community for breast cancer patients,” Dr. Chambers said. “This is a predominant diagnosis in our area, and there is a big need for this kind of support.”
The funds will be used to provide patient care, educational materials and equipment.
“Sundt Construction’s purpose is to build environments where our clients, employee-owners and communities prosper. For each project we build, we do a corresponding community project,” said Angelica Rosales, Sundt Construction business development representative.
The Foundation is funded primarily by local Sundt employee-owner donations, which are matched by the company. With overwhelming support from the local employee-owners, TTP El Paso’s Breast Care Center was selected to receive a grant from the Foundation this quarter.
“Giving back is important to our employee-owners. We feel it creates a great work environment and strengthens relationships to helps our clients achieve their goals, which is what we’re here to do,” Rosales said.