From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Helix Garden Unveiling – The unveiling of the second permanent public art piece on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso campus – the Helix Garden – took place at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON). TTU System Regents Rick Francis and Debbie Montford, GGHSON Founding Dean Jeanne Novotny, RN, Ph.D., and many community and TTUHSC El Paso family members attended the sunset lighting. This continuous 150-foot, LED-lit, double helix – designed by Vermont artists Elizabeth Billings and Andrea Wasserman – is a metaphor for the varied layers of healing. Learn more about this amazing piece in this week’s Tech View blog.

ACP Recognition – I’m pleased to share that the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognized Harry “Pete” Davis, M.D., associate professor in the TTUHSC El Paso Department of Internal Medicine, with a mastership. Physicians elected to receive this title are highly accomplished doctors demonstrating eminence in practice, leadership, or in medical research. Diego de la Mora, M.D., assistant professor, also in the Department of Internal Medicine, was honored as a fellow of the ACP. This distinction, earned from colleagues, recognizes a physician’s accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. Congratulations to both.

Walkin’ the Talk – On Wednesday, June 3, the Walkin’ the Talk lecture “Building Healthy Relationships with El Paso Restaurants” will explore the Eat Well! program coordinated by the Department of Public Health. It is an opportunity to learn more about businesses working to provide healthier meal options while changing the food landscape of El Paso.

Chamber of Commerce – Next week I meet with the El Paso Chamber of Commerce and will present our institution’s strategic goals and objectives. I will also take this opportunity to discuss areas of collaboration and partnerships that are valuable to the growth of our health care community. Earlier this week I had the privilege of speaking at the El Paso Central Business Association luncheon to discuss the economic and educational impact we’re having on our community

Children Matter – For over 40 years, long-time faculty member and pediatrician, Gilbert Handal, M.D., has dedicated his efforts to increasing access to health care to children. Last week, the newly appointed Summit for Children Steering Committee — composed of leaders in education, health care, politics, child care and faith-based entities — met to discuss major projects they believe will positively impact El Paso families. I look forward to seeing their efforts pay off.