Since 2011, the Hunt School of Nursing has prepared more than 800 nurses to be the health care backbone of the community — from caring for victims of the Aug. 3 tragedy to serving on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Vista Markets is partnering with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to say “thank you” to Borderland nursing students, and they’re inviting their customers to join them.
Vista Markets owners Nina and Mike Pina are joining TTUHSC El Paso’s Champions of Trusted Nursing Heroes campaign to show their support and encourage their customers to give back to health care heroes. This fundraising community initiative coincides with the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary.
“At the heart of our community are nurses,” Mike Pina said. “A nurse has touched every single one of us in one way or another, so honoring them collectively is fitting. Together, we can become their champions.”
Vista Markets customers who donate $1 or more at the cash register will support the Hunt School of Nursing’s Scholarship Fund. All seven of the Vista Markets’ locations will participate and will match a percentage of the donations. The fund will provide scholarships so that students complete their degrees on time to serve our community where they are needed the most. Vista Markets will display wall badges to honor each donor.
As the Hunt School of Nursing celebrates its decade milestone, the campaign will raise awareness of the personal sacrifices students make as they work clinical rotations and a rigorous 16-month accelerated program, all while preparing for the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also demonstrates that every gift honors community nursing students and supports future health care heroes, which is especially important as the region faces a critical shortage of nurses.
During National Nurses Week beginning May 3, university leaders and students from the Hunt School of Nursing will visit each Vista Markets location to celebrate the community’s generosity.
About Vista Markets
Vista Markets is a family-owned and -operated business dedicated to serving a diverse community. The family established Vista Markets with their first bakery in the mid-1980s and now offers a full-service grocery store, fresh baked goods and hot and cold deli dishes. Vista Markets has grown to include store locations from Horizon City, Texas, to Sunland Park, New Mexico. All seven of the following locations will participate in the Champions of Trusted Nursing Heroes campaign:
- Vista Central Market
2231 N. Zaragoza Road
- Vista Quality Market Socorro
10005 Alameda Ave.
- Vista Market Doniphan
3920 Doniphan Drive
- Horizon Vista Market
121 N. Kenazo Ave.
- Montana Vista Market
14700 Montana Ave.
- Vista Quality Market Piedras
3116 N. Piedras St.
- Vista Urban Market
1960 George Dieter Drive
Hunt School of Nursing Celebrates 10 Years in El Paso
In September 2011, the Hunt School of Nursing seated an inaugural class of 38 future health care heroes. The school focused its mission on graduating the next generation of talented nurses to address critical shortages in the Borderland. The Hunt School of Nursing offers the only accelerated program in the region where students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) in just 16 months.
Throughout 2021, TTUHSC El Paso will celebrate the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary and its contributions to higher education, health care in the Paso del Norte region and combating the critical shortage of nurses in West Texas.
To date, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 800 students, with the vast majority of those graduates staying in the region. The school of nursing has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation. Currently, 75% of students from the Hunt School of Nursing are El Paso natives, fulfilling TTUHSC El Paso’s mission to create more educational opportunities for Borderland residents.