Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a complex of institutions and
campuses located in West Texas, which educate health professionals, undertake medical
research, and provide patient care. TTUHSC is a multi-campus system with regional
academic health centers (RAHCs) located in four West Texas cities (Amarillo, El Paso,
Lubbock, and Odessa). Lubbock is the home of Texas Tech University and is the administrative
center of the Health Sciences Center system.
TTUHSC's service area comprises 107 counties in West Texas and covers 130,000 square
miles. This area contains nine growing urban centers with highly sophisticated medical
complexes. Many excellent opportunities for practice development exist in both rural
and urban West Texas communities.
Educational programs at each RAHC recognize the individual clinical and research strengths
of that center. Because research enhances patient care and is an essential component
of quality academic health sciences center programs, TTUHSC strongly encourages research
The School of Medicine's clinical departments have introduced many specialized programs
which were previously unavailable in West Texas or Eastern New Mexico. TTUHSC offers
these services: Radiation Therapy Center, Center for Organ Retrieval and Transplantation,
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care
Unit, Burn Care and Treatment Center, Emergency Medical Services, Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit, Regional Emergency Air Care Transport, Trauma Center (level 1), Pediatric
Intermediate Care, Day Surgery Center, Minor Emergency Center, Baby Grand Maternity
Program, Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center, Seniors' Education Programs,
Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Gastrointestinal Diagnostic
Center, Hypertension Referral Center, Psychiatric Care, International Pain Institute,
and an Aging Brain Center.
Modern and spacious library facilities are located on each TTUHSC campus. The TTUHSC
libraries subscribe to 3471 journals. Journal subscriptions and medical books comprise
a collection of 289,736 bound volumes and have over 250 HSC related electronic books
with access to 24,503 (2,239 electronic journal titles). In addition, 14,424 audiovisual
items (videotapes, audiotapes and slides) are available. The libraries also provide
access to the internet and multiple databases such as Medline, CINAHL, IPA, and Micromedex.
University Medical Center
The 365-bed University Medical Center (UMC) opened in 1978 and is the primary teaching hospital for the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center. UMC in concert with TTUHSC is committed to providing opportunities
for educational excellence and unsurpassed state-of-the-art health care delivery to
the residents of Lubbock, West Texas, and Eastern New Mexico. UMC has on staff 402
physicians and 180 residents and employs 1,800 people.
UMC is a regional referral center for specialized pediatric services, including Maternal-Fetal
Intensive Care Unit, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit. Physicians also refer patients to UMC's adult acute care services: the
Burn Intensive Care Unit, Kidney Transplant Center, High Risk Obstetrical Care, and
Level 1 Trauma Unit. Freestanding Ambulatory Care Clinics associated with UMC provide further referrals
from the community to the hospital.
UMC's Emergency Medical Services provide the area with the most sophisticated and
complete emergency services available. AeroCare, the emergency medical air care service
operated by UMC and Covenant Health Systems, transports over 300 patients yearly to
UMC. EMS paramedics and physicians provide continuous emergency room coverage, qualifying
the UMC Emergency Room as the only Level 1 Trauma Center on the South Plains.
UMC also supports the multidisciplinary International Pain Institute, the interdisciplinary
Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center, a comprehensive Gastrointestinal Lab, the Sports Medicine Center, the Children's Hospital, and the McInturff Conference and Education Center. The Dimensions and Seniors Are Special programs at UMC address the unique health issues of women and senior citizens.
Patient care statistics for 1998 include 15,098 admissions, 37,019 Emergency Center
visits, more than 7,500 surgical procedures, 2,011 births, and 150,493 outpatient
VA Outpatient Clinic
The Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic provides high quality medical care to 8,000 veterans
annually with a total workload of approximately 50,000 visits. In addition to providing
primary care, the clinic offers specialty care in the following disciplines: dermatology,
neurology, nephrology, urology, ambulatory surgery, podiatry, ENT, ophthalmology,
gynecology, dentistry, and mental health care including substance abuse. Other on-site
services include laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, and dietetics.
A strong affiliation has exited with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
for many years. Internal Medicine residents work with the four primary care teams.
The patient population presents with a wide variety of medical problems, which range
from medical/surgical emergencies to chronic multi-system diseases to acute benign
conditions. Many of the specialty clinics are staffed by faculty from TTUHSC School
of Medicine and offer residents opportunities for training in specialty areas. Students
from the Nursing school also rotate through the VA clinic.