TTUHSC El Paso Responds to Tragedy

On Saturday, Aug. 3, a gunman opened fire at a packed Walmart in El Paso, killing 22 and wounding more than two dozen.

Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso physicians and TTUHSC El Paso residents and nursing and medical students were part of response teams at local hospitals that cared for the victims.

“We are shocked and saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred in East-Central El Paso this weekend,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this tragedy, as well as the first responders, law enforcement officials, and nurses and physicians working tirelessly at local hospitals, including our physicians from Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and TTUHSC El Paso students at University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“Our health sciences center stands strong with the El Paso community, and our faculty, students and staff are here for the victims and their families.”

During meetings on Monday, Aug. 5, with medical and nursing students and faculty and staff, Dr. Lange emphasized the importance of recognizing and accepting the emotion that comes with such a tragedy, including the sadness and anxiety that will inevitably surface. He also encouraged the TTUHSC El Paso family to check on one another and be there for each other during this difficult time.

Counseling services are available to TTUHSC El Paso employees and students.

Employees in need of counseling services can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 915-215-5865 or 915-215-5861, or the Emergence Health Network’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 915-779-1800.

Students in need of counseling services can contact providers listed on the Program of Assistance for Students page or Emergence Health Network’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 915-779-1800.

The TTUHSC El Paso community thanks the faculty, staff, physicians, nurses, students and Texas Tech police who have worked tirelessly these past few days and will assist in recovery and healing in the weeks and months to come.