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 interests.
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 procedures.
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.