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Welcome to the Jenna Welch Women's Center

Mission of the Jenna Welch Women's Center

The Jenna Welch Women's Center of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health provides clinical research, medical education and community partnership to deliver outstanding medical care for women and their families.

Former first lady Laura W. Bush and her mother Jenna Welch visit Midland, Texas, for the dedication of the Jenna Welch Women's Center at the Texas Tech Physicians building.

History of the Jenna Welch Women's Center (JWWC)

The Jenna Welch Women's Center of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health provides clinical research, medical education and community partnership to deliver outstanding medical care for women and their families. In 2007, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center Hospital united to successfully create the Permian Basin presence of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health (LWBIWH). The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the designation of the JWWC of the LWBIWH in October 2008. In April 2010, Texas Tech Physicians of Midland opened its doors and now houses the JWWC, adjacent to Midland Memorial Hospital. In August 2010 Mrs. Laura W. Bush and her mother, Mrs. Jenna Hawkins Welch, attended the Jenna Welch Women's Center dedication. During this event the JWWC mission was formally announced.

In 2009, Leslie Chupp, M.D. was recruited to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). She was appointed director of both the Jenna Welch Center and the regional Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. Through Dr. Chupp's guidance and leadership, the Jenna Welch Women's Center opened its doors in March 2010.

Today, the Jenna Welch Women's Center (JWWC) delivers expert women's healthcare and actively partners with the Laura W. Bush Institute to improve the health and lives of women and families through research, education and community outreach.

Current Objectives and Initiatives

Women's Wellness

A woman's health is more than weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. It encompasses physical, emotional, sexual and social aspects. At the JWWC we understand the needs of women in achieving overall health.

The JWWC provides expert medical care services including:

  • physical examinations
  • gynecologic care
  • global women's wellness assessment
  • risk prevention for chronic debilitating conditions such as substance abuse, infectious disease, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes and high blood pressure

Adolescent Health

Adolescence is a time in a young woman's life when behavioral and health interventions can provide immeasurable lifelong benefits.

The JWWC has tailored teen services including a "teen-friendly" examination room and resource area.

For more information, please visit our Adolescent Health Clinic site.

First Trimester Pregnancy Loss

Many women lose pregnancies during the first 12 weeks. During this time of crisis, women often experience bleeding, pain, fear and feelings of extreme stress, yet many receive indifferent, outdated and fragmented medical care.

At the JWWC we are committed to:

  • Expert, around-the-clock medical care by trained medical staff
  • Quality, scientifically-based treatment standards
  • Our goal is to prevent a repeat pregnancy loss and avoid the fear, hurt and pain that accompanies it.

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Approximately 15 percent of all gynecology visits are made for symptoms of long-term pelvic pain. Many of these women go untreated or are treated inadequately.

The JWWC providers will coordinate:

  • Multidisciplinary medical care for diseases such as endometriosis, vulvodynia, fibromyalgia, intestinal chronic pain conditions and urologic chronic painful conditions
  • Offer patients minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical procedures and the most current medical therapy available

For more information, please visit our Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic site.

Minimally Invasive Total Hysterectomy

Thousands of women undergo a hysterectomy each year.

At the JWWC, Dr. Chupp performs minimally invasive hysterectomies. With only three small incisions, many times recovery time and length of hospital stay are markedly reduced.

Dr. Chupp is currently utilizing da Vinci Surgical Systems to perform minimally invasive hysterectomies. For more information on this technology and equipment, please visit http://www.davincisurgery.com

The Jenna Welch Women's Center Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic is now accepting patients and referrals. Dr. Leslie Chupp will take appointments for this clinic on Tuesday afternoons. If you are a patient or have a referral for the Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic, please contact Lisa Ojeda, RN, MSN at 432-620-5850 ext. 262 or elizabeth.ojeda@ttuhsc.edu.

Dr. Leslie Chupp

Leslie Chupp, M.D.

Director for the Jenna Welch Women's Center and Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Permian Basin

Lisa Ojeda

Lisa Ojeda,
RN, MSN, PCCN

Supervisor, Women's Specialty Clinics for the Jenna Welch Women's Center of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health

"We are extremely honored to expand our program under the designation of two leaders whose names represent such staunch support and advocacy for women."

- President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.

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Learn more about the Jenna Welch Women's Center's history and the partnership with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.

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