From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

Walkin’ the Talk – The November “Walkin’ the Talk” lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at noon in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Education Building, room 1110, will shed light on Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that more than five million Americans live with and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  This is an opportunity to learn about the risk factors and signs associated with this heart-wrenching disease.

Stroke Awareness – Knowledge is key to achieving optimum health. In the case of stroke, the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. The aftermath of a stroke can be devastating. Read this week’s Tech View blog to learn how to recognize the signs of a stroke, and more importantly, how to prevent a stroke from occurring.

Influenza – If you come in contact with the influenza virus, you may experience intense body aches, headache, fever, chills, fatigue and cough. You may also become one of the more than 200,000 people hospitalized annually in the United States for complications from flu-related illnesses, including bacterial pneumonia, ear or sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic health conditions. I encourage all staff, faculty, residents and students to obtain flu vaccination at the Open Flu Vaccine Clinic on October 31 in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Clinical Sciences Building Quality Improvement Conference Room between 8 – 11 a.m. or 2 – 4 p.m. Working in the health care industry, we owe it to each person we come in contact with – and to ourselves – to stay influenza virus-free.

Best in the City –I am proud to share that our TTUHSC El Paso Office of Information Technology (IT) was selected the best IT Team in El Paso at last week’s El Paso Business Conference and Expo. TTUHSC El Paso Assistant Vice President of IT Jerry Rodriguez and his team have been tackling the magnitude of issues involved in growing a technologically advanced, top-notch university – partnered with separating systems from the existing Lubbock network. No small task. Congratulations to each and every one in IT for every effort you make keeping us linked to the world via technology.