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
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
EL 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
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
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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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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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
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
"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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LUBBOCK-“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
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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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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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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Texas 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,
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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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.
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
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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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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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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
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,
Those graduating included, Mario Gaspar de Alba, M.D., Ma Teresa Ambat, M.D., Pedro
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
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.
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
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.
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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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 Health Professions.
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Magers named as new Associate Dean and Chief Executive Officer for School of Medicine
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
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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Friday, August 3
School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony
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
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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