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VOLUME 3 NUMBER 6 / JUNE 2007

Gov. Perry visits TTUHSC at El Paso for ceremonial signing

Texas Tech Physicians officially expands to Abilene

National meeting will have special significance for TTUHSC-School of Pharmacy

Garrison Institute celebrates with birthday and ribbon cutting

Successful Healthy Lubbock Day promotes active and healthy lifestyle for all ages

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center honored by American Medical Student Association Foundation

Health Sciences Center mourns the loss of Regent Chairman Miller

SOP professors present research to international audiences

HSC hosts Diversity Day

Have a plan: notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness


Awards & Recognition

Student News

News Roundup

Calendar


Gov. Perry visits TTUHSC at El Paso for ceremonial signing

gov perryEL PASO – On June 12, Gov. Rick Perry arrived on the El Paso Campus of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to attend a ceremonial signing for higher education legislation and to celebrate the passage of the bill that will provide needed startup funds for the full four-year El Paso School of Medicine. 

In a statement issued by Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance, he said, "Today, a dream comes true. Today, the perseverance, commitment and hard work of a community is realized. Today, the future of healthcare changes dramatically.  Today, Governor Rick Perry signals the approval by the 80th Texas Legislature in funding the final components necessary for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso School of Medicine to become a fully operational four-year medical school."

"Today, the future of El Paso’s healthcare, economy and influence in the area of border and international healthcare research changes dramatically," he added.  "Countless individuals worked diligently to ensure that this medical school has the most extraordinary curriculum, the most competent administration and state-of-the-art facilities of its kind." 

Chancellor Hance concluded, "The Texas Tech University System is proud to become home to the first four-year medical school on the United States-Mexico border. The impact this will have on the future health of border residents here and beyond is immeasurable and everlasting." 

The El Paso School of Medicine has already received approval from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education for a site visit in November.

The event was attended by hundreds, amid a party atmosphere of many congratulatory remarks, mariachis, food and celebration.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center officials began the process of seeking funding for the school in 1999 with an anticipated 10-year timeline.  The Governor's approval ensured that the 10-year projection is met.  Perry officially signed the budget on June 15 approving the medical school funding. 

Shown in photo:  From left State Rep. Pat Haggerty, Texas Tech Regent Rick Francis, Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Tech Regent Bob Stafford, Texas Tech El Paso School of Medicine Founding Dean Robert Suskind, M.D., and Rep. Norma Chavez. 

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Texas Tech Physicians officially expands to Abilene

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ABILENE – Meeting a growing need for physicians in West Texas, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Family and Community Medicine has expanded to the community of Abilene. TTUHSC officials, along with Abilene community members, hosted a ribbon cutting and reception for the new Texas Tech Physicians of Abilene on June 4.

Michael Ragain, M.D., Braddock Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at TTUHSC, says the community of Abilene and TTUHSC have collaborated for many years with a residency training program.

 “This program’s purpose is to train residents to enter practice in the rural region around Abilene. Rural hospitals are closing and rural communities are losing physicians. Traditionally the majority of graduates of programs go into practices within 60 miles of where they train,” Ragain said. “The doctors in the region around Abilene are aging and if they are not replaced, there will be a crisis in rural communities. Texas Tech Physicians of Abilene is an extension of providing quality healthcare to the community.”

“Texas Tech Physicians of Abilene provides quality patient care and serves as a teaching model for our Family Medicine residents. Patients are a partner in the extended training of these physicians,” said Ron Cook, D.O., residency director for the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Texas Tech Physicians of Abilene offers services such as urgent care, minor emergency care, routine care, complete physical exams, well-woman exams, flu shots and other immunizations, gynecological care, obstetrics and newborn care, pediatrics, mole removals, vasectomies, colposcopies, EKGs, on-site laboratory, health evaluations and screenings, geriatric assessments and care, and diabetes management.

“Abilene is a great community and Texas Tech is honored to be a part of this West Texas area," said Ragain. 

Shown in photo from left to right, Dell McKnight, M.D., associate program director, Frederick Onger, M.D., associate professor, and Mike Ragain, M.D., chairman, Family and Community Medicine.

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National meeting will have special significance for TTUHSC-School of Pharmacy

AMARILLO-The affiliation between the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy and the North Texas VA Medical Center will be honored in July as the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Crystal APPLE Award at the AACP annual meeting in Orlando.

The award was established to recognize innovative pharmacy school-affiliated partnerships that foster excellence in pharmacy education and practice.  TTUHSC-SOP faculty members Craig Cox, Phram.D. and Shane Greene, Pharm. D., were key participants in the award application process and worked with Cynthia Foslien-Nash, Pharm. D., who is the clinical programs manager for the VA North Texas Health Care System. 

"Our continued collaboration with the North Texas VAMC in practice and education is a foundational relationship for Texas Tech's success in the DFW," said Arthur Nelson, dean, School of Pharmacy.  This award will bring national recognition to North Texas VAMC and the SOP and speaks to the quality of our partnership."

At the same meeting AACP will also shine its spotlight on faculty members Cynthia Raehl, Pharm.D., and Paul Lockman, Ph.D.

Raehl, who chairs the SOP's department of pharmacy practice will be installed as AACP president.

"As someone who has given their professional life to pharmaceutical education, the opportunity to lead the organization that represents all U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy is very special," Raehl said.

Lockman, an assistant professor for the SOP's department of pharmaceutical sciences, will receive an AACP National Teaching Innovation Award for his computerized competency-based modular approach to teaching anatomy.

"This will be a very special AACP meeting for TTUHSC and the SOP," Nelson said.  "We are very proud of each of these individuals and their dedication to our program and to the pharmacy profession."

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Garrison Institute celebrates with birthday and ribbon cutting

garrison ribbon cuttingLUBBOCK-“Ancora Imparo,” an Italian phrase coined by Michelangelo meaning “I am still learning” was inscribed on a medallion presented to Shirley Garrison June 1 at a ceremony honoring his 87th birthday and the opening of the Help and Hope Library at the Garrison Institute on Aging.       

The new library, which provides information and educational resources for those who find themselves becoming caregivers for loved ones who suffer from age-related dementias, bears a plaque with the same Italian phrase.

Several people spoke, including Chancellor Kent Hance, congratulating Garrison on his birthday and thanking him for his dedicated support of the ongoing research conducted by the center. Garrison expressed his gratitude to TTUHSC while recounting how he and his late wife, Mildred, came to be associated with the university after her fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

“This celebration isn't so much about me,” Garrison said. “I just try and hang on until the next birthday anyway. This is about the library, so let’s enjoy it.”

Former Lady Raider’s basketball coach Marsha Sharp, Chancellor Hance and Garrison were among those who participated in cutting the ribbon to officially open to the library. A barbecue lunch and birthday cake were served after the ceremony.

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Successful Healthy Lubbock Day promotes active and healthy lifestyle for all ages

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LUBBOCK--Community members of all ages learned how to get fit, prevent disease and become healthier at Healthy Lubbock Day on June 9 at Maxey Park.  Activities included health care lectures, wall climbing, paddle boats, exercise demonstrations, health screenings for all ages, prizes and much more.  People discovered that having a healthy lifestyle and being active could be fun.

“There was something for everyone,” said Annette Boles, assistant director of the Garrison Institute on Aging.  “Information was available to learn how to stay active through the summer and make healthy living a lifestyle.”

Students from the School of Nursing stayed busy throughout the morning testing blood glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure, not only providing a public service to participants, but also offering educational interaction with patients.

About 45 vendors participated including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, University Medical Center, Bodyworks and the Boy Scouts of America. 

A program of the Garrison Institute on Aging, the Healthy Lubbock Initiative seeks to make Lubbock and its surrounding communities a healthier place by supporting and motivating people to become active through physical activity and improved nutrition. 

Future activities include “Get Fit Lubbock,” a team challenge to get fit and healthy with prizes awarded based on points earned for exercise and weight loss from September thru December.  For more information, please contact Annette Boles at 743-7821. 

Shown in photo:  UMC Seniors Are Special make up the Tai Chi Class.  Please click here for additional photos from Healthy Lubbock Day. 

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Honored by American Medical Student Association Foundation

LUBBOCK - The Great Recruiting and Community Explorations or GRACE project at Texas Tech University Health Services Center has been recognized by the American Medical Student Association Foundation’s Achieving Diversity in Dentistry and Medicine or ADDM initiative. In recognition of their innovative approaches to educating medical students about community service, public health and the need for a more diverse workforce, the university was honored along with a program at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Yolanda Gonzaga, director for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), developed GRACE as part of ODMA’s community outreach programs in 2005. Sofia Tcheung, former AMSA president, was instrumental in bringing GRACE to the community during this academic year as part of AMSA’s activities.

“I am very proud of this national award that brings due recognition to the efforts of our students and to the dedication of our office in guiding the students throughout this project,” Gonzaga said.

Germán R. Núñez G., Ph.D., vice president for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, said the students gain important skills and knowledge about careers in health professions in this new program.

“We believe that by connecting with these students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, we can generate a new interest in health care fields that will benefit everyone. Eventually there is potential to produce a more diverse workforce and create a new generation of professionals who can fulfill the needs of our community,” Núñez said.

Students interested in GRACE have the opportunity to participate in a community explorations project and take field trips to TTUHSC. They also have the opportunity to speak to medical students who share their experiences including the admissions process.

GRACE students learn how to take vital signs, check blood pressure and learn about healthy lifestyles. “They are matched to medical students who will devote their time to encourage and mentor these middle school-age students on their path toward interest in health careers,” Núñez said.

Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., interim president of TTUHSC, said this national recognition is a significant accomplishment by itself, but more so given that the other honoree is ranked among the top five medical schools in the nation.

“This is a tremendous honor for our university and especially for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs,” Mittemeyer said. “They have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to educating and mentoring middle school students who may otherwise never have an opportunity to consider that they too can be a health care professional. This national honor is well deserved.”

Tcheung also received the Student Leadership Award and AMSA was the recipient of the Program Award presented during the Third Annual ODMA Awards Banquet in April 2007.

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Health Sciences Center mourns the loss of Regent Chairman Miller

frank millerTexas Tech University System Board of Regents Chairman J. Frank Miller died at his Dallas home June 1.  Gov. Rick Perry appointed Miller to the Board of Regents on Nov. 18, 2003.  He was recently elected chair on May 11, 2007.  He previously served as vice chairman of the Board of Regents from January to May 2007.

Miller was chairman and chief executive officer and founding managing partner of JPI Companies, a national multi-family residential development company.  He had nearly three decades of experience in the real estate industry. 

Miller earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in 1974.  His wife Kay is also a 1974 graduate of Texas Tech.  They have six children, ages 13-25.

Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance issued a statement on behalf of the system:  "Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank's family.  This is devastating news for all of us in the Texas Tech family.  Frank Miller was one of the best men I've ever known.  He loved God, his country, his family and Texas Tech.  He had friends all over the national and everyone had the utmost respect for Frank.  He was a good and decent man and will be missed by all." 

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SOP professors present research to international audiences

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AMARILLO-One faculty researcher from TTUHSC – SOP recently conducted a seminar for colleagues from around the world, while another traveled to China to make a presentation.

Jon Weidanz, Ph.D., assistant professor for the SOP’s department of pharmaceutical sciences and chief scientist for Receptor Logic, LTD in Amarillo presented a seminar entitled, Vaccine Development:  What We Don’t Know, at the International Meeting of Biotechnology Industrial Organization: Bench to Products Meeting, May 6 - 9 in Boston.

The meeting sought to shed light on the myriad reasons why vaccines fail, discuss what scientific tools are necessary to study further the mechanisms of vaccine failure and offer alternative approaches to vaccine design that may improve success rates.

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Ming-Hai Wang, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences and Amarillo Community Endowed Chair, traveled to the University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China to present Novel receptor tyrosine kinases as therapeutical target in molecular cancer therapy.

Wang made his presentation May 24 at an event celebrating Zhejiang University’s 110th anniversary.

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HSC hosts Diversity Day

LUBBOCK-The Diversity Leadership Council launched Diversity Day at TTUHSC on May 21, 2007 with a cultural display, A World of Diversity at our Doorstep and a panel discussion, Let’s Talk about You and Me: The Many Faces of Diversity. Guest panelists included Michelle Crain, executive director of the LIFE/RUN Center; County Commissioner, Ysidro Gutierrez, Gopal Coimbatore, research associate, Institute of Environmental & Human Health and Nathan Sharon, third-year medical student.

Craig Stockton, SOM Office of Curriculum, served as facilitator. Yung Ng, Chair for the Council gave opening remarks and said, “The purpose of this diverse panel discussion was to show the many facets of diversity. Diversity is not just about race, but everything that makes us different and unique, that which makes you you.” Michelle Crain shared her experience of being disabled and defined diversity as “allowing me to accept people for who they are and embracing who you are.” 

Please contact the Office of Diversity at 806.743.1522 for a viewing of this discussion.

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Have a plan: Items of note from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

If you think that “false positives” are an everyday event only on soap operas, then you’ll probably be surprised to learn that the term also refers to real-life situations that recur almost as frequently as the inaccurate pregnancy tests of “Days of Our Lives” or “All My Children.”

Depending on which IT gurus you believe, for example, from three to twenty percent of the billions of emails that are sent each day are mistakenly identified as spam by anti-spam software.  And members of the legal community, of course, frequently wrestle with the potential miscarriage of justice when a verdict is rendered by a jury (i.e., the chance that the innocent will be punished or the guilty will go free).

A little closer to home, many of us at the TTUHSC will be spending a good deal of time this summer looking at our findings from the assessment data on our unit’s operations that we’ve collected over the past year and entered into WEAVE, the online data management system.  Are we going to blunder into false positives/negatives by seeing problems that aren’t there or failing to see successes that are there?

Assessment experts tell us that we can minimize the chance of errors in our assessments if we use multiple measures for each facet of our operations.  The more independent evidence we can muster for identifying a success or an opportunity for improvement, that is, the more likely we are to evaluate precisely and accurately.

If you’d like more information on false positives/negatives in assessment, please visit the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness website at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/oipe or give us a call at (806) 743-2918.  We’re positive we can help you make a difference.

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Awards & Recognition

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Endowed Professorship honors Dr. Urban

AMARILLO-Steve Urban, M.D., associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, is being honored with an endowed professorship in his name by contributions from patients, friends and a local foundation.

A reception will be held to announce the "Dr. Steve Urban Medicine Professorship" and honor the donors who made the $500,000 endowment possible. 

The funds will help the School of Medicine recruit and retain a physician who can focus on bed-side manners and teaching clinical skills, the practices for which Dr. Urban is known. 

SOP students, faculty and staff receive 2007 awards

AMARILLO- SOP brought down the curtains on the 2006-2007 school year with a pair of awards ceremonies held May 4 at the main SOP campus in Amarillo and May 18-19 as part of the TTUHSC graduation weekend festivities in Lubbock.

Students who received awards at the May 4 event included: Amy Arnold (Perrigo Award of Excellence in Non-prescription Medication Studies); Whitney Fisk (American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Student Recognition Award); Jenna Hensley (U.S. Public Health Service Award); Kelsey LaMunyon (Pharmacists Mutual Book Award); and Norma Solis (P2 Achievement Scholarship.

Also receiving recognition at the May 4 event were Jon Weidanz, Ph.D. (P1 Teacher of the Year), Kenneth McCall, Pharm.D. (P2 and P4 Teacher of the Year), Paul Lockman, Ph.D. (P3 Teacher of the Year) and Reza Mehvar, Ph.D. (Graduate Teacher of the Year). Teaching Teams of the Year included the Biochemistry Team (P1 students), the Infectious Disease Team (P2s), the Toxicology Team (P3s) and the Principals of Drug Action Team (Graduate students).

Shawn Morton, who is an accountant for the SOP’s office of finance and administration, was named the recipient of the Excellence in Staff Services award.

Students who received awards during graduation weekend ceremonies included: Raelene Trudeau (Lilly Achievement Award); Wilson Krezdorn (Roche Pharmacy Communications Award); Michelle Johnson (Facts and Comparisons - Excellence in Clinical Communication Award); Melanie Boatwright (Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award); Ajith Pai (GlaxoSmithKline Patient Care Award); Rachel Mason (McNeil Consumer Healthcare AphA-ASP Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award); Janda Whitaker (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Recognition); and Chris Tawwater (Teva Outstanding Student).

Odessa coders become 100 percent certified

ODESSA-Congratulations to the employees in the Odessa coding department for recently passing the American Academy of Certified Coders exam.  The department is now 100 percent certified.  The two established certified coders were joined by the following, Veronica Cobos, Betty Cordova, Vanessa Dominguez, Claudia Hermosillo, Valettria Jernigan, Norma Mendoza, Marie Rodriguez and Elsa Veloz.

Quality Service Awards Wrap Up

Congratulations to the Quality Service Award recipients of 2007.  Winners are non-faculty employees who demonstrate excellence in service to their constituents.  Each year awardees are chosen based on a set of criteria including having been employed for two years; completed SERVICEplus training; and have a current positive performance appraisal on file in Human Resources. 

Quality Service Awards can be awarded to either an individual or a team and are chosen based on peer nominations as someone who exhibits a customer-oriented, flexible and responsible focus going above and beyond expectations. 

Two awards are included in this program, the Quality Service Award and the Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Quality Service.  Each regional campus held separate award ceremonies to recognize this year’s honorees.  Two Chancellor’s Awards of Excellence were presented, one each at the Amarillo and Odessa campuses.  The Women’s Infant and Children’s team in the Permian Basin received Chancellor’s Award, the first  team ever to be so honored.     

The award program was implemented in 1996 to recognize and reward individuals and groups who excel in support of the SERVICEplus philosophy. 

A special award was given in the Permian Basin to Bill Finical, executive associate dean, Hospital & Community Relations, coined the Soaring Eagle Award.  John Jennings, MD, regional dean, presented Finical with a statue of an eagle for his efforts and dedication to the School of Medicine in the absence of a regional dean.

Click here for a complete list of winners

For more information please contact HSC Relations or read HSC OP: 70.50

Texas Tech University HSC El Paso faculty development course graduation

Thirteen Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso faculty participated in graduation ceremonies for the sixth Faculty Development Course (FDC), Thursday, June 14.   

Those graduating included, Mario Gaspar de Alba, M.D., Ma Teresa Ambat, M.D., Pedro Blandon, M.D., Wafic ElMasri, M.D., M. Nawar Hakim, M.D., Fadi Habali, M.D., George Harrington, M.D., Daniel Lacerte, M.D., Elizabeth Portugal, C.N.M, A. Arturo Rodriguez, M.D., Sean Sebesta, M.D., Vani Shukla, M.D., and Maria T. Villanos, M.D.

This 25-week course focuses on orientation of faculty to academic medicine, introduction to adult learning, principles of effective teaching and training on Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) patients, clinical research and fundamentals of technical and career development. 

School of Medicine Dean Award recipients named

Recipients of the School of Medicine Dean's awards were recently announced and are listed below:

Amarillo

On May 2, Steven Berk, M.D., dean and Rush Pierce, M.D., interim regional dean, presented awards at a School of Medicine dinner at the Amarillo Club. Recipients of the Dean’s Awards were Brian Weis, M.D. - Dean’s Clinical Teaching Award, and Marjorie Jenkins, M.D. – Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

Regional Dean’s Awards included Dennis P. Zoller, M.D. - Regional Dean’s Educational Innovation Award; Mubariz Naqvi, M.D. - Faculty-Student Research Award; Thomas W. Hale, Ph.D. -  Researcher of the Year and Most Published; Todd E. Bell, M.D. – Clinician of the Year – Family Medicine; Daniel A. Beggs, M.D., Richard T. Ellington, M.D., Thomas L. Johnson, M.D.., Jake C. Lennard, M.D. and James A. Lusby, M.D. – Clinicians of the Year – Internal Medicine; Angelica Chavez, M.D. and Shannon L. Herrick, M.D. – Clinicians of the Year – Pediatrics, W. Mitchell Jones, M.D.– Clinician of the Year – Psychiatry and Jan Rice, MLS - Faculty Development Award.

El Paso

Three El Paso faculty at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso were honored at the Faculty Recognition Banquet by Dean Berk.  The award winners include, Jose L. Gonzalez-Sanchez, M.D.,- Dean's Clinical Science Teaching Award; Gilbert A. Handal, M.D., - Dean's Distinguished Service Award; and Hoi Ho, M.D., - Dean's Educational Innovation Award.  

Lubbock

Lubbock winners receiving the Dean's awards include, Terry McMahon, M.D., - Dean's Distinguished Service Award; Sharma Prabhakar, M.D., - Dean's Research Award; Kenneth Nugent, M.D., - Dean's Clinical Science Teaching Award; and Elmus Beale, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Oliver, M.D., both recieved the Dean's Basic Science Teaching Award. 

Permian Basin

Two faculty recipients were recognized in Odessa. Elisa Brown, M.D. - Dean's Clinical Science Teaching Award and John Garcia, M.D. - Dean's Distinguished Service Award.  

Fellowship awarded to regional chair

Fred McCurdy, M.D., regional chair of Pediatrics, was recently awarded a Fellowship by the American College of Physician Executives.  The ACPE Board of Directors honored Dr. McCurdy for demonstrating significant and enduring contributions to the advancement of medical management.

Rush Pierce, M.D., interim regional dean, School of Medicine, announced the appointment of Dr. McCurdy as associate regional dean for faculty development, Amarillo campus, effective June 1, 2007.  Dr. McCurdy will continue as program director of the Pediatric Residency Program and also remain as an integral member of the Pediatric Department.  Bonna Benjamin, M.D., has accepted the position of interim regional chair of pediatrics.

Jenkins named as a Woman to Watch

AMARILLO-Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and OB/GYN, received one of the “Texas Women to Watch” awards from the Business and Professional Women organization at a recent awards luncheon.

Dr. Jenkins was selected for her extensive work in women’s health.  She serves as Chief, Division of Women’s Health and co-director of the Women’s Health Research Institute in addition to her clinical duties.  Dr. Jenkins is establishing a Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine Center, opening on the Amarillo campus in early fall, in which she will assume the role of director.

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Student News

SOP contingent honored at TSHP seminar

AMARILLO-Several students and faculty from TTUHSC – SOP were recognized April 19-23 at the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists 59th Annual Seminar in San Antonio.

The TSHP Research & Education Foundation awarded scholarships to three SOP students. Amanda Ulibani, a first-year student, received the Celso & Matiana M. Cuellar, Sr. Scholarship; Sarah Villarreal, another first-year student, was awarded the El Paso Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists Scholarship; and third-year student Jessica Njoku received the Jon Peyton Hudlow Memorial Scholarship.

Allied Health Sciences students receive scholarships

AMARILLO-The Amarillo Southwest Chapter of AMBUCS presented $1,500 scholarships to Marie Breithaupt, Adrienne Chaddick, Marka Francis and Reid Gehring, students in the Master of Physical Therapy program at the School of Allied Health Sciences.

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News Roundup

Magers named as new Associate Dean and Chief Executive Officer for School of Medicine

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LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Dean Steven Berk, M.D., announced Brent D. Magers as the new associate dean and chief executive officer of the Medical Practice Income Plan.

Magers served as president of the Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital in Cleburne, Texas from 1994 to 2006.

He has worked in the hospital field since 1981, beginning at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock where he served as a vice president, and then at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa where he served as associate administrator for operations before taking the position in Cleburne.

Magers will begin this new position on July 1. He will be responsible for the oversight of clinical operations, the billing office, volunteer services, health information services, financial and strategic planning, and patient satisfaction associated with Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock. The clinics for which Magers will have oversight in Lubbock recorded more than 232,000 patient visits in the last full fiscal year and collected more than $55 million in net revenue.

Berk said significant improvements in patient satisfaction, earnings and quality were achieved during Magers tenure at his past professional settings. These include having the facility where he served most recently named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in America, and receiving the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award, Top 100 Quality Award and commendation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

“Brent comes with a wealth of executive level health care experience,” Berk said. “He will be expected to continue the excellent quality of care currently provided to our patients while simultaneously improving satisfaction, patient access to services, and processes in our clinics to make them more efficient.”

Magers received his bachelor of arts in Communication and Business from Abilene Christian University; his master of arts in Mass Communications from Texas Tech University; and his master of sciences of Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is board certified in Healthcare Administration having achieved the Fellow designation from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer kick-off in Amarillo

AMARILLO-A kick-off event announcing plans for Amarillo’s third Hispanic women’s health conference, Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer, was held on June 6.

Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer (Speaking of Women's Health) is a minority health program of the National Speaking of Women's Health Foundation (NSWHF). Launched in 2003, Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer provides a day of empowerment and health education for Latinas through "learning and luxury."  The theme for 2007 is It's the Right Time: Be Strong • Be Healthy • Be in Charge.

The conference is scheduled for Amarillo on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007 at the Amarillo Civic Center. The event is presented by TTUHSC Women’s Health Research Institute of Amarillo and Northwest Texas Healthcare System in addition to other local sponsors.

Tickets for the conference are $15 each and include a continental breakfast, healthcare screenings, keynote speakers, break-out sessions, a catered luncheon and a large gift bag with a variety of products and information.  Please call 806.356.4617 for tickets or more information.

School of Nursing dean presents at summer conferences

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LUBBOCK-Alexia Green, Ph.D, jointly presented A Case Study: Nursing Workforce Development in Texas at the 5th Annual Conference of State Nursing Workforce Centers, which focused on Nursing Education Capacity and Effectiveness.  She spoke on behalf of the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies where she serves as co-chair of the advisory board. 

Dean Green also presented How to Build a Policy Base: A State-Level Network Approach during the Washington Health Policy Institute hosted by George Mason University Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics.  It is her second year serving as a national faculty for the prestigious health policy institute and offering her expertise in state health policy and coalition building. 

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Calendar

Friday, August 3

School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony

5 p.m.

Civic Center Theater, Lubbock

For more information please call Tamara Lane at 806.743.3005

Sunday, August 12

Abilene School of Pharmacy Open House and White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony at 1:30 at Paramount Theater, 352 Cypress St., Abilene

Ribbon-Cutting at 3:00 at new SOP Building, corner of Pine and 17th in Abilene

For more information please call Mark Hendricks at 806.356.4000, ext. 245

October 26-27

HSC Alumni Reunion

This year The Office of Alumni Relations will highlight HSC classes 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002. Festivities will include a Welcome Back Reception, Distinguished Alumni Dinner, Pre-Game Brunch and a great football game as Texas Tech takes on Colorado! For more information click here or call Becky Hardin at 806.743-2786.

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