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Panda Express donates KN 95 Respirators, single-use surgical masks to El Paso Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting medical professionals on the frontlines of El Paso, Panda Express has donated 1,920 KN 95 Particulate Respirators and 18,000 Single-use Surgical Masks to El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center for protection when treating members of the community.

“Supporting the healthcare community has always been a priority for Panda Express, and we are blessed to have a partner with shared values of giving and inspiring better lives,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group.

“It is our privilege to be able to protect and provide comfort to the selfless hospital staff and patients at CMN Hospitals. We thank our guests and associates for their generosity and support that make these donations possible. We stand together to be stronger together.”

Through its philanthropic arm Panda Cares, Panda Express has created a COVID-19 Community Care Fund, in which all guest donations are put towards sourcing and providing PPE to local hospitals in this time of need as well as supporting research to find a treatment for COVID-19.

“The generosity of the community and our amazing national Children’s Miracle Network partners has been nothing short of miracles itself. When we first heard about this donation, we knew this was something that not just EPCH could benefit from, but our partners at University Medical Center who are also in the frontline of providing care to COVID-19 patients. EPCH has been making miracles happen for over eight years and even more so during a pandemic. We have shown the community that we stand ready to provide care to the pediatric population of El Paso. Thank you to Panda Express for this amazing donation,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO, of El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“Panda Express has really gone above and beyond when it comes to supporting El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation through all of their customer relationships,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO. “This time, they are putting those donations to great use by generously sending KN95 surgical masks as well as simple surgical masks to both El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center of El Paso. I am proud to call Panda Express a true friend and partner of the El Paso County Hospital District.”

“We can always count on Panda Express as our CMN partner to bring its best to the table and this generous donation is proof,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director for El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center Foundations. “Panda Express and its community spirit keeps us energized and motivated for the good health of everyone in El Paso.”

In the midst of this public health crisis, Panda remains steadfast to its evergreen mission of protecting, inspiring and bettering the communities they serve.

“On behalf of all the caregivers who work on the frontlines, we are grateful for these much-needed masks from our long-time partner Panda Express,” said Teri Nestel, interim president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Panda’s generosity has never been more needed or more appreciated during these challenging times. It’s comforting to know that these doctors and nurses have the needed resources necessary to care for those who depend on children’s hospitals now and into the future.”

For the rest of the year, participating Panda Express locations are offering a 10 percent appreciation discount on in-store purchases for healthcare workers and first responders with their employment badge.

Union Pacific Railroad Foundation names Triage Room to Honor Healthcare Heroes

On Tuesday, via a Zoom News conference, El Paso Children’s Hospital unveiled the newly christened Union Pacific Railroad Foundation Triage Room, in honor of all healthcare heroes who are on the frontline serving our community’s pediatric population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Union Pacific Foundation Triage Room in the El Paso Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is now sporting a plaque with the foundation’s name and the company’s logo. The room saw 25,498 patients during the 2019 fiscal year, and fiscal year to date, has seen 15,347 young patients.

“We believe having a safe place to live, a family-supporting career and access to vibrant spaces are critical for communities to thrive,” said Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific Senior Director of Public Affairs. “By investing in high-quality non-profits and programs like those at the El Paso Children’s Hospital, we achieve a step toward our mission of service while helping communities grow and prosper.”

Funds from the naming rights will go towards the purchase of age-appropriate bronchoscopy equipment needed to address critical respiratory needs of children in the region.

Dr. Endy Dominguez is one of several pediatric pulmonologists at El Paso Children’s Hospital who continues working to establish a strong respiratory practice for children suffering severe lung disorders.

With coronavirus in our community, the need for the bronchoscopes purchased through this donation will be a vital tool in addressing concerns.

“We continue to reduce the number of children leaving the area for specialized treatment by bringing in new specialists like our pediatric pulmonologist. With these new specialties, it is important that we also invest in the equipment needed to better serve our youngest patients,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO of El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“We are grateful to the collective donations to purchase bronchoscopes. The much-needed equipment will allow our medical team to quickly and more effectively diagnose children with lung diseases.”

“Union Pacific is committed to Building America and improving the lives of millions across the country,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital and UMC Foundation.

“The funds provided today will have a lasting impact on El Paso Children’s Hospital and the community’s pediatric population faced with extreme respiratory disorders such as COVID-19 and asthma.”

To help advance local organizations’ coronavirus response efforts and recognize their dedication to serving their communities, Union Pacific Foundation awarded grants to a couple of El Paso organizations.

The money is helping serve vulnerable populations and address food insecurity throughout the city, including a $25,000 grant to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.

TTUHSC El Paso celebrates National Nurses Week, All 86 students in Hunt School of Nursing complete clinical hours

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El PasoHunt School of Nursing kicked off National Nurses Week by announcing all 86 students in its graduating class have completed clinical hours required for graduation.

National Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends May 12, recognizes the immeasurable contributions and impact nurses have on the lives of people in our community.

TTUHSC El Paso will honor the nurses and nursing students on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic who have tirelessly cared for members of the community during this difficult time.

Our nursing students have committed to an accelerated program, which is 16 months rather than 24 months, and have sacrificed jobs, and an income, while they work toward their degree,” said Stephanie L. Woods, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the Hunt School of Nursing.

Our faculty was faced with the question: How do you weigh the risk and benefit of asking our students to help patients with a virus that still comes with so many unknowns? Our students helped answer the question for us by responding overwhelmingly that completing their degree was their number one priority.

As of 2019, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 600 students, with 90% of those graduates staying in the region. The school of nursing currently has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation.

To celebrate National Nurses Week, TTUHSC El Paso will host an appreciation breakfast on May 7 for nurses and nursing students at teaching hospitals, including University Medical Center of El Paso, El Paso Childrens Hospital and The Hospitals of Providence – Transmountain Campus.

More than 500 meals will be provided through a donation from Bruce and Jackie Gulbas. Bruce Gulbas is president of National Restaurant Supply and a member of the TTUHSC El Paso Presidents Development Council.

The nursing students at the Hunt School of Nursing have proven to be the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bruce Gulbas. Not only are they risking their lives every day to protect our community, but they are also determined to finish the clinical hours needed for graduation. This determination and selflessness are perfect examples of how the community is coming together during these critical times. We thought this was just one small way we could show how truly appreciative we are of their sacrifices.

For the entire week, TTUHSC El Paso will honor nurses in the community in a number of ways, including free meals, student testimonials and new donor announcements.

TTUHSC El Paso will also celebrate nurses with congratulatory messages on giant “greeting card” yard signs from Card My Yard, displayed outside of multiple El Paso hospitals during National Nurses Week. Nurses are encouraged to take photos in front of the signs and tag TTUHSC El Paso on Facebook (@TTUHSCEP), Twitter (@TTUHSCEP) or Instagram (@TTUHSCEP).

The celebration week will also include a virtual commencement ceremony for the Hunt School of Nursing, held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, via Facebook Live.

The virtual ceremony will follow traditional ceremony programs, with remarks from Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of TTUHSC El Paso, and Stephanie L. Woods, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the Hunt School of Nursing.

As each name is read, a photo of the graduate will be shown on screen. To watch the ceremony this weekend, click here.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse for the vital role they play in providing health services.

TTUHSC El Paso will join the WHO in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and highlighting the challenging conditions they often face in the workforce.

In July, nursing students in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) began their first clinical rotations at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus. The group of 10 students began their shifts as part of the school’s Chronic Care in Nursing course.

 

Becton Dickinson donates $15k to El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation to help purchase Bronchoscopes

On Tuesday afternoon, El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation officials announced a $15,000 donation from Becton Dickinson.

“Becton Dickinson is committed to advancing the world of health,” said Enrique Aviles, Vice President of Manufacturing Management. “Our team is proud to provide funding for El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation to ensure children in our community are cared for during a time in which our nation is faced with an unprecedented tragedy.”

The donation to the Foundation will help purchase a vital piece of equipment – Bronchoscopes – to help patients at El Paso Children’s Hospital who are exhibiting respiratory problems due to COVID-19.

Bronchoscopes are used by a pulmonologist who specializes in lung disorders; the bronchoscope is passed through the nose or mouth and into the lungs to check for abnormalities.

“Our foundations are working hard during this crisis to generate donations so our team can continue to provide the best care for children locally,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO of El Paso Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to Becton Dickinson who donated a significant amount of funds for much needed bronchoscope equipment, a tool that will be used by our pulmonology team in the endoscopy lab to evaluate patient’s lungs.”

To date, El Paso County has more than 93 children under the age of 18 with COVID-19, some of whom have required hospitalization.

“We are determined, as a Foundation, to bring in the funds needed to purchase necessary equipment to face the challenges brought on by COVID-19.” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital and UMC Foundation. “Thank you Becton Dickinson for your generous donation.”

To donate to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation, click here.

Brave Beginnings donates $43K to El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation for NICU incubator bed

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has awarded the Brave Beginnings Grant in the amount of $43,908 to El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The funds will be used to purchase a Draeger BabyLeo incubator bed in order to care for the smallest and most premature babies being cared for in The Laura and Pat Gordon Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

“The generous donation of funds for a Draeger BabyLeo incubating bed from Brave Beginnings for our Level IV NICU, allows our team to ensure our most critical patients’ temperatures are regulated while improving our team’s workflow, which is very important to us at this time,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO of El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“I am blessed to be part of such a generous community. We must continue to make miracles happen.”

The Draeger BabyLeo is the first device to provide three synchronized heat sources, a heated mattress and convective heaters to help improve the patient’s temperature.

“We are committed to a Foundation to make sure every baby that arrives at our NICU unit is afforded the proper space and equipment in order to thrive,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital and UMC Foundation. “Brave Beginnings cares about premature babies and we are grateful and we are pleased to receive this in credibly important bed.”

El Paso Children’s Hospital is the community’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and this week (April 6 – 12, 2020) El Paso Children’s Hospital is celebrating Children’s Hospitals Week.

This week celebrates the importance of children’s hospitals and the funds that they need in order to care for more than 10 million children per year across the nation.

TTUHSC El Paso, TTP El Paso partner with Paso Del Norte Health Information Exchange

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and its clinical practice, Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, have partnered with the Paso Del Norte Health Information Exchange (PHIX) to improve patient care in the Borderland.

“TTUHSC El Paso and TTP El Paso have been close partners of PHIX for many years,” said Emily Hartmann, executive director for PHIX. “We are thrilled that they are now sharing data through the health information exchange. Their partnership is vital to improving care coordination and quality in our community.”

Established as a nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) in the El Paso region, the mission of PHIX is to improve health through collaboration and data technology.

PHIX centralizes health information from different hospitals and providers to create an electronic community health record for each patient. This community health record enables providers and care managers to see the full scope of a patient’s health history across the continuum of care.

With their doctors conducting more than 200,000 clinic visits each year, TTP El Paso is the region’s largest multispecialty medical group practice. The group, with over 250 specialists and subspecialists, provides care for the entire family at several locations across El Paso.

These community health records include health information from multiple PHIX partners in the El Paso region, as well as the U.S. Veterans Administration and U.S. Department of Defense.

Health leaders in El Paso created PHIX to solve a fundamental problem in health care, which is unreliable and inefficient sharing of health information.

“When health records are not shared efficiently, care coordination is difficult, lab tests are unnecessarily repeated and patients are left struggling to remember their medications every time they see a new provider,” PHIX officials shared. “PHIX improves the efficiency, quality and safety of patient care by ensuring that providers have secure, electronic access to essential medical information at the time of care.”

PHIX follows all federal and state guidelines, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), to ensure that only authorized users have access to health data.

PHIX’s data exchange partners include TTUHSC El Paso and TTP El Paso, The Hospitals of Providence, University Medical Center of El Paso, El Paso Children’s Hospital, Emergence Health Network, Centro San Vicente, Project Vida, Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe and the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.

A Newborn’s Long Journey to Saturday

Saturday was a big day for a newly-minted El Paso family. Mother Dayla, dad Jesse and Baby Isabel headed home after staying in hospital for almost 3 months after her birth.

As one would imagine, both Dayla and Jesse were ecstatic; however it was a long road to Saturday.

Isabel was born 2 months premature – due to a condition known as ‘hydrops’ –  which means she had excessive amount of water around her vital organs, which is life-threatening even before the baby is born.

Physicians at Texas Tech University and El Paso Children’s Hospital had counselled Dayla prior to delivery about her baby’s severe condition and possibility that the baby may not survive after birth.

Shortly after birth, Isabel suffered respiratory failure and was put on machines to help her breathe. Also, tubes were placed in her both the lungs to drain extra fluid.

3 days after her birth, Isabel was also found to have arteriovenous malformation in the left hand.

Arteriovenous malformation is an abnormal connection between the blood vessels. This abnormality was causing extra blood to return to heart and eventually making fluid leak into her lungs and other organs. It was also making heart function very difficult.

A team of physicians at El Paso Children’s Hospital, which included Dr. Ajay Singh (Neonatologist), Dr. Sudheer Gorla (Pediatric Cardiologist), and Dr. Chetan Moorthy (Pediatric Interventional Radiologist) convened and decided that the only viable option for Isabel was to undergo a risky, but lifesaving procedure known as intravascular coiling.

As a part of this procedure, metallic coils were placed in Isabel’s left had to close off the abnormal blood vessels. After detail discussion with the family, the team of doctors decided to proceed with this high-risk procedure and were successful.

Following this procedure, Isabel required close intense monitoring neonatal intensive care unit. Finally, after 3-months of devoted, hard work by the medical team, she recovered and was discharged home with her family.

Dr. Gorla, the cardiologist involved in Isabel’s care, feels that the team was fortunate to diagnose this abnormality soon after birth. If this malformation had remained undiagnosed for long time, the results could have been deadly.

Dr. Moorthy describes this as one of the most challenging procedures that he has done in his career. According to him, Isabel will need close follow up and subsequent procedures when she is older.

Reasons for most cases of this unique disease (hydrops) remain unknown even after extensive work up, says Dr. Singh. The team’s systematic clinical approach led them to the timely diagnosis and intervention.

While Isabel had a rough start and hospital stay which was filled with ups and downs, her parents and her care team never gave up the fight.

In words of Isabel’s mother: “the whole process has been a miracle, nobody would even know looking at her now, what she went through after birth and the only reason she made it was because she was in El Paso Children’s Hospital”.

El Dorado High Students Bring Joy, Smiles to Children Fighting Cancer

Members of the Texas Association of Future Educators from El Dorado High School brought a little joy to the pediatric oncology patients at the El Paso Children’s Hospital.

The organization raised $1,700 to donate more than 73 outfitted stuffed animals to children fighting cancer at the local hospital as part of its Build-A-Bear community service project. This is the group’s seventh year undertaking the project.

“The students worked hard to raise the money,” said Dianna Sianez, El Dorado TAFE advisor. “It is so meaningful for them. They know they are giving back to the community.”

Her students had fun choosing the stuffed animals and creating their outfits. There were bears, bunnies and dogs decked out as the Darth Vader, an Army soldier, a princess, a sailor, Batman and Superman.

This year’s community service project was especially valued by Crystal Barrera. The 17-year-old participated last year and created three bears. Several weeks later, she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

“The funny thing is the first few days at the hospital, they gave me a Build-a-Bear,” she said. “As I opened the box, I realized it was one of my bears I had created. I cried because I couldn’t believe it.”

The bear really helped her through surgery, chemo and recovery. It also gave her a resolve to continue to be a part of the project when she returned to school in the fall of 2017.

“I saw it as a sign from God,” she said. “He was telling me that it doesn’t matter what you’re going through, you will get through it. The project also showed me that people actually care for you.”

Barrera and others like her is the reason Alex Diaz decided to donate $400 to the project. The UTEP student is a tutor at the high school and graduated from El Dorado four years ago.

“It might not mean much to others, but these bears bring a little bit of joy to the kids,” Diaz said. “It can make a big difference to them. They know someone cares. I enjoy helping. It’s a beautiful experience and hopefully it will bring a smile to a child’s face.”

To view more pictures of the event, courtesy SISD, click here.

Chuy’s Fundraiser Day Supports El Paso Children’s Hospital Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 20, El Pasoans can satisfy their craving for Chuy’s Tex-Mex food and help support a good cause: the El Paso Children’s Hospital.

As part of their annual ‘Fundraiser Day,’ Chuy’s (8889 Gateway West, Suite 1500) will be donating 10% of their guest’s total food purchase to the El Paso Children’s Hospital.

Via a news release, Chuy’s officials share, “Whether it’s one of our Famous “Big As Your Face” Burritos, a house specialty, like our Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken or anything else on Chuy’s one-of-a-kind Tex-Mex menu, guests may present the attached invitation to support El Paso Children’s Hospital in providing quality healthcare to kids in the Borderland all day Tuesday.”

For more information on Chuy’s Fundraiser Day and the EP Children’s Hospital, visit the facebook page.


What:             
Chuy’s Fundraiser Day

When:            Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Where:           Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, Suite 1500

Info:               10 percent of food purchase will be donated to El Paso Children’s Hospital

U.S. Bankruptcy Court confirms UMC / EPCH Plan; Both side share statements

After many months of litigation and a filing for bankruptcy protection by El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH), U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Mott today confirmed a plan that will result in a new affiliation with University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC), will bring about the emergence of EPCH from bankruptcy.

“This is a tremendous victory for all of the families in El Paso who were concerned that the vision of voters to have a first-rate Children’s Hospital in El Paso would disappear forever,” said Steve DeGroat, UMC Board of Managers Chair.

DeGroat continued, “Many people, from our legal team to board members to hospital administration and staff, put in countless hours yet never lost hope that we would be able to rescue Children’s Hospital from its financial tailspin. The plan we agreed on is the foundation of a new era and relationship between our two hospitals.

“Today’s confirmation solidifies a willingness of both hospitals to do the right thing for our community,” he added.
 
As part of the plan, the UMC Board of Managers is responsible for nominating the majority of seats on the EPCH Board. This has already occurred and becomes official with today’s confirmation.  

In a press conference held this afternoon, EPCH Board Chair Rosemary Castillo issued the following statement:

“The Board of El Paso Children’s Hospital thinks it fitting for us to make a statement as we come to this juncture in the history of El Paso Children’s Hospital. 

In 2007, El Paso taxpayers passed a bond for a separately licensed and separately governed Children’s Hospital.  From the beginning, the Children’s Hospital board took to heart its responsibility of governance and to fulfill that taxpayer mandate. The Children’s Hospital board has always been dedicated wholly and entirely to the mission and vision of maintaining a separately licensed, separately governed Children’s hospital, and to the support of the clinical services and excellent care that is being provided by its dedicated medical staff and employees. 

When the hospital opened, we were optimistic about the future. We believed that UMC shared our goals to ensure a successful launch of the hospital, and we believed that UMC would honor its promises to not profit from El Paso Children’s Hospital. A true partnership with a shared vision would have allowed the parties to negotiate in good faith and to remedy the loss of Medicaid revenues when changes in reimbursements occurred. Unfortunately, this spirit of cooperation and shared goals with UMC was lost along the way. 

Bankruptcy was this Board’s last resort. We sincerely believe that the financial dispute could have and should have been resolved early on, and we made every attempt to do so. It is unfortunate that those who had the ability to cure it, did not.  After unsuccessful mediations, protection within the bankruptcy court became the only option to correct our debts and to restructure our financial obligations. We knew this process wasn’t going to be easy, but it was the right thing to do. 

As a board we made a commitment to the families and patients that we serve, our staff, and our physicians, that the Children’s Hospital would continue to maintain its high quality of care and remain a place of hope and healing for the sick and injured children. We committed to emerging from this process by the end of the year, and that our financial obligations would be corrected and rightsized as a result of bankruptcy. 

We have delivered on each of these commitments. 

EPCH, UMC, and El Paso County Commissioners reached a compromise for El Paso, the taxpayers, and our children. Today, the Federal Court approved the confirmation of the Joint Plan, allowing the Children’s Hospital to exit bankruptcy and start anew. We challenge our community to hold UMC and the El Paso County Commissioners Court accountable to protect what the voters approved in 2007. 

On January 8, 2016, El Paso Children’s Hospital begins a new chapter and will have a new partnership with UMC.  Both hospitals need to work more closely together, and make the best use of shared resources, while keeping intact a separately-licensed hospital that continues to provide excellent pediatric healthcare. 

The new Board Members will take the helm of an excellent children’s hospital that has been a source of pride in this community. They will have the honor and privilege of overseeing a children’s hospital that saves lives, a children’s hospital that helps children heal and live normal lives, and they will hear countless stories of families who benefit from having this Children’s Hospital in the borderplex.   

They will assume the responsibility of a hospital that is home to highly-skilled, caring physicians and nurses who function in a first-rate medical center dedicated “exclusively” to children.  A hospital that has reduced outmigration of infants and children by 80%, when going out of town was the only option before we opened. 

A hospital that is an Institutional Member of the Children’s Oncology Group. A children’s hospital that has adopted numerous protocols for hard to treat and resistant cancers, as are available at facilities such as St. Jude’s, and M. D. Anderson and Sloan Kettering. The only children’s hospital in the borderplex that has achieved this distinction. They will meet all of the excellent neonatal and pediatric subspecialists caring and treating our children.  They will appreciate that seven of our physicians have been recognized as Best Doctors in America®, and that only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor. 

They will witness the care that is first in class, as evidenced by national quality standards. They will know that the hospital that they are serving to protect has been cited for Excellence by the Joint Commission, has been granted Institutional Membership by the Children’s Oncology Group, has been accredited in MRI by the American College of Radiology, has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists, and has earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association for Respiratory Care. 

We have no doubt, the new Children’s Hospital board will embrace what we have been working so hard to protect. We recognize the new board has a big responsibility to implement what was agreed to by all parties in the Joint Plan, and to continue to grow programs and services offered by El Paso Children’s Hospital, where miracles happen every day. 

From its inception, El Paso Children’s Hospital has faced tremendous adversity and throughout that time we have seen the emergence of strong leaders in support of EPCH. I want to thank the current and former El Paso Children’s Hospital Board members for their tireless and voluntary dedication to protecting the independent operation of the children’s hospital. 

We thank the countless supporters we have had throughout this process.  Thank you to our courageous Medical Staff and the community pediatricians, who despite personal and professional risk defended the mission of the El Paso Children’s Hospital in the press and in federal court. They spoke with great conviction and stated the things that only they could say about the future of El Paso’s only dedicated Children’s Hospital. 

Thank you to our staff and employees for their commitment to quality and to the care of their patients. We are aware that you could have left Children’s Hospital, and perhaps El Paso, for certainty in your lives and profession, but you didn’t. Instead, you chose to stay and work to make El Paso Children’s Hospital what it is today. Thank you to the families who wrote letters of support asking how they could help. Thank you to the patients in our Hematology Extremely Awesome Teens program, who wanted to help.  Thank you to the children in our community who called and wanted to donate their piggy banks. You have all proven that even the smallest voice can make a large difference. 

Thank you to the many social media writers who emerged to correct the inaccurate reporting and biased stories portrayed by certain media outlets.  Thank you to the group of community members who formed to hold our elected leaders accountable. 

To all of you, our army of supporters, who stood behind us and supported us, thank you.  Because of you, El Paso Children’s Hospital and its mission continues. Now, we look to the future with a renewed sense of purpose and focus.”  

Author: University Medical Center/El Paso Children’s Hospital

Five EPCH Docs named to ‘Best Doctors in America’ List

Five physicians affiliated with El Paso Children’s Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2015-2016, officials from El Paso Children’s Hospital announced today.  Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

El Paso Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that Dr. Maria Teresa Ambat, Dr. Eduardo Rosas-Blum, Dr. Gilbert A. Handal, Dr. Garrett Stephen Levin, and Dr. Lewis P. Rubin are recognized as a 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®

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Best Doctors has earned a sterling, worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The List is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.

In bringing together the best medical minds in the world, Best Doctors works with expert physicians from its Best Doctors in America® List to help its 30 million members worldwide get the right diagnosis and right treatment.

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List.  In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.

The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment.

El Paso Children’s Hospital’s group of experts listed in the database includes world-class specialists in Neonatology, Neonatal & Perinatal Medicine , Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Maria Teresa Ambat is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso and serves as Associate Director and Neonatologist at El Paso Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ambat is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ambat received her medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and residency in pediatrics at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. Ambat completed her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and then completed her U.S. pediatric residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.

Ambat is a member of the Texas Medical Association and served at Texas Medical Association Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health in 2008 to 2012. Ambat is also a member of the Texas Pediatric Society and serves at its three committees including the Fetus and Newborn Committee.

Dr. Eduardo Rosas-Blum serves as a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at El Paso Children’s Hospital and as an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.  Rosas-Blum earned his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and then conducted his pediatric residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.

Rosas-Blum then completed his pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. Dr. Rosas-Blum is currently a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; the American Gastroenterological Association, and is Board Certified through the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Dr. Gilbert Handal serves as a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at El Paso Children’s Hospital and as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Handal serves as the Marta Cuellar Chair for Child Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Handal received his medical degree from the University of Chile de Pregrado.  He went on to complete his pediatric residency at University of Chile de Pregrado and at the University of Miami, Florida. Handal completed his fellowship in infectious diseases and pediatric critical care at the University of Miami, Florida.

Dr. Garrett Levin serves as a Neonatologist at El Paso Children’s Hospital and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Levin is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.  Levin received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Levin then went on to complete his pediatric residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso and his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Lewis P. Rubin serves as Chief Neonatologist at El Paso Children’s Hospital and as Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. He is certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine through the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Rubin received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

He then completed his residency in pediatrics, a fellowship in newborn medicine, and a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Rubin is a recognized authority on intensive care of premature babies and of infants who have complex metabolic, cardiorespiratory, or neurodevelopmental disorders or multiple congenital anomalies.  He has received numerous honors and has authored more than 100 articles, invited reviews, and book chapters.

His research focuses on pregnancy, prematurity prevention, neonatal nutrition and metabolism, eye/brain development, and health disparities.  Dr. Rubin has been an international consultant in women’s and infant care. He has been named a Top Doctor from 2007 to the present in the U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctors” List. Rubin is an elected member of the American Pediatric Society and has been a longstanding funded investigator with the National Institutes of Health.

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UMC, Children’s Hospital reach agreement on operating plan

In two releases sent minutes apart Wednesday evening, officials with University Medical Center (UMC) and El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) confirm that both sides have agreed to the Joint Plan/Final Settlement agreement. The agreement now has to be filed with the Bankruptcy Court and the court must sign off on the agreement.

The proposal ends nearly nine months of on-again, off-again negotiations, dueling releases and lawsuits. Below are statements from both hospitals, in their entirety.

UMC Statement:

Today, University Medical Center of El Paso, El Paso County Commissioners Court, and El Paso Children’s Hospital, reached final agreement on a settlement and joint plan that will reshape the 3-year relationship between the two hospitals. The joint plan will now be filed, which will begin the process the hospitals hope will culminate in its acceptance by creditors and approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Mott.  In reaching an agreement on a joint plan, UMC and EPCH ended 8-months of intense on and off again negotiations, contentious litigation, and several aborted efforts to reach an agreement.

The joint plan provides for EPCH to remain separately licensed, with a separate board and CEO. It also will facilitate the exchange of services between the hospitals and focus on maintaining and growing patient volumes. “This has been an extremely long road for all of us, especially for the people of El Paso,” said Steve DeGroat, UMC Board of Managers chair. “While there were many obstacles along the way, everyone stayed positive, hopeful that we could find a way to preserve and maintain the vision of a separate Children’s Hospital. With this joint plan, I believe we have accomplished that. Up until literally the very final moments, our legal and management teams were negotiating the terms of and working to finalize the joint plan. We’re ready to present it to the public.”

As part of the agreement now incorporated in the joint plan, UMC has deposited $7 million in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court registry to satisfy EPCH’s creditors, giving the hospital a boost of stability as it begins anew. UMC also suspended its efforts to file a separate plan with the Bankruptcy Court, while EPCH agreed to halt the lawsuits pending against UMC and El Paso First. Those lawsuits will be dismissed upon approval of the joint plan.

The joint plan and settlement, if confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court, should result in a much stronger and more financially stable EPCH upon its emergence from bankruptcy – targeted before year-end, with new, experienced management. The joint plan will be made publicly available after it is filed with the Bankruptcy Court. The Bankruptcy Court, at its most recent hearing, thanked EPCH, UMC, and El Paso County Court of Commissioners and their representatives involved in the process for their efforts to come together on a joint plan and encouraged everyone to continue to work to get the case “over the goal line.”
   

EPCH Statement:

Today, El Paso Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center of El Paso, and El Paso County Commissioners Court, reached a global resolution on a settlement and joint plan that will reshape the relationship between the two hospitals. The joint plan filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will begin the process to culminate acceptance of the plan by EPCH’s creditors.

EPCH, UMC, and El Paso County Commissioners made significant progress in doing the right the thing for El Paso, the taxpayers, and our children. In reaching a global resolution on a joint plan, all parties found the common ground needed to settle differences fairly while keeping the best interests and well-being of the children in the forefront.  

“When we began this bankruptcy process, EPCH sought protection from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to restructure its debts and emerge as a stronger organization.  We made a promise to our community, staff, physicians, and the families and patients that we serve, that there will be no change in the quality of healthcare provided at EPCH and that our Board is committed to maintaining a separate licensed children’s hospital.  EPCH has not wavered in this promise and has reached a resolution that will allow us to emerge as a children’s hospital for which you will be proud.

We knew this process wasn’t going to be easy and we are humbled by the continuous support we have received from our community, the patients and families we serve, as well as for the unwavering support from the local pediatricians who trust us to care for their patient.

The dream the voters approved became a reality when El Paso Children’s Hospital opened.  Today, that dream remains alive and full of hope for the region this hospital serves. We know that there would have to be compromise from everyone if there ever was going to be a global resolution. We realized we were close, and it did not take long for our legal teams to work to get us where we are today.  With this plan, our hospitals will work much more closely together, while making the best use of our resources, and keeping intact a separately-licensed hospital that continues to provide excellent pediatric healthcare to the critically-ill and injured children of our region”, stated EPCH CEO Mark Herbers.

The joint plan and settlement, if confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, should result in a much stronger and more financially stable EPCH upon its emergence from bankruptcy – targeted before year-end.  The joint plan provides for EPCH to remain separately licensed, with a separate board and CEO, and allows El Paso County Commissioners to approve any increases or decreases in EPCH services, and pays EPCH’s creditors in full.  It also will facilitate the exchange of services between the hospitals and focus on maintaining and growing patient volumes.

As part of the agreement now incorporated in the joint plan, UMC has deposited $7 million in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court registry to fund payments to EPCH’s creditors, giving the hospital a boost of stability as it begins anew. UMC also suspended its efforts to file a separate plan with the Bankruptcy Court, while EPCH agreed to halt the lawsuits pending against UMC and El Paso First. Those lawsuits will be dismissed upon approval of the joint plan.

The joint plan is publicly available with the Bankruptcy Court.

EP Children’s Hospital asks for explanation on rejections

 

In the continuing war of words and dueling releases from University Medical Center (UMC) and El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH); an early-Tuesday morning release from EPCH is asking for an explanation of the rejection that occurred yesterday.

The release also includes a timeline, from EPCH, alleging UMC and the county “don’t want to settle.”

Below is there statement in full:

El Paso Children’s Hospital issued the following statement today:

This morning, the Board of El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) asked for representatives of UMC and County Commissioners Court to explain the rejection of EPCH’s acceptance of an interim proposal that the parties have been negotiating for nearly two weeks.  

EPCH Board Chair Rosemary Castillo reaffirmed that the EPCH board had accepted, UMC’s counter-offer.  “We were only given a couple of hours Monday morning to respond to UMC’s counter proposal.  We gave approval to the terms as explained by UMC’s counsel.  We still don’t know why they think we changed any terms. The interpretation of this last issue was first discussed between counsel last Thursday when UMC surprised us with a totally new term in its counteroffer.”

On Friday, EPCH gave a timely response to UMC’s Thursday offer of an interim agreement with two alternative proposals, including one that would have resolved the litigation completely.  EPCH gave UMC three days to consider and respond to the opportunity to end the litigation.

“We wanted to show them that we are more than willing to drop the litigation if they recognize that the obligations to UMC have to be modified to reflect the market place for the children’s hospital to thrive,” said lead litigation attorney Patricia Tomasco, a partner with Jackson Walker in Austin.  “Despite discussions between counsel all weekend, UMC has yet to even respond to EPCH’s global offer.  Rather, UMC went back to its prior offer delivered on Thursday and then rejected EPCH’s attempt to accept it.”

Tomasco reiterated that. “We offered to talk at 11 p.m. last night and again at 6 a.m. this morning.” EPCH Board Chair Rosemary Castillo expressed frustration with UMC’s and Commissioners Court’s actions. “It certainly looks like they don’t want to settle. We make a global offer and they don’t even respond. We accept their interim proposal and they say ‘no you didn’t!’ It makes no sense.”

El Paso Children’s Hospital is committed to serving the best interests of the critically ill and injured children of our community and surrounding region.

TIMELINE

Thursday, September 24th
o        UMC adds totally new term to counter-offer:  Children’s gets 45 more days to find a strategic partner, Children’s postpones lawsuit till January

Friday, September 25th
o        10:00 am – EPCH presents UMC with counter-offer (Plan A and Plan B) to UMC
o        Commissioner’s Court indicates…”want the weekend to review”
o        Escobar says Commissioner’s Court will convene with UMC Board of Managers at 8:30 am Monday in a special session before the Commissioner’s Court regular meeting

Monday, September 28
o        10:00 am  – UMC sends EPCH counter-offer rejecting abated rent, requires approximately $5 million Disproportionate Share payment EPCH expects to receive in December to go to UMC
o        11:00 am – EPCH agrees to terms of counter-offer, says, “Yes” to concessions.
o        12:00 noon – UMC Board of Managers and Commissioner’s Court respond rejecting EPCH plan which includes EPCH’s agreement to concessions requested two hours earlier.

Tuesday, September 29
o        Emergency hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Austin.  UMC will ask Mott to allow UMC to submit its own plan and end EPCH exclusivity.

Monday, October 22
o        Trial set to determine whether the Children’s hospital has been overcharged for rent and/or services by UMC.

UPDATE: El Paso Children’s Hospital issues response to UMC

In a Monday afternoon release to the media, officials with University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso announced that no agreement had been reached with El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH).

A few hours later, EPCH had a response of their own. Both are included below.

EL PASO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL STATEMENT:

For the past two weeks, the respective parties (EPCH, UMC, CCC) devoted considerable time, effort, and resources to these negotiations. El Paso Children’s Hospital met every deadline that the County Commissioners Court and UMC set forth and negotiated in good faith. El Paso Children’s Hospital accepted UMC’s Thursday offer based on their terms and deadlines.

El Paso Children’s Hospital is stunned by the latest developments from UMC. EPCH timely accepted the offer as it was explained to us by legal counsel to UMC. If any miscommunication occurred it is between UMC, County Commissioners Court and their legal counsel.

As we have stated before, El Paso Children’s Hospital will continue serving the best interests of the critically ill and injured children of our community and surrounding region. Our commitment to this community has not wavered.  We will maintain the mission and vision of El Paso Children’s Hospital, embodied in the proposition approved by the voters of El Paso County.  

UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER STATEMENT:

The University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) today announced that it has not reached agreement with El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) on its most recent term sheet. UMC welcomes EPCH to assist in the development of a joint plan, however. UMC intends to submit a plan for consideration by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and its fellow creditors.

Both the UMC Board of Managers as well as Commissioners Court met and conferred many hours today. However, there were three separate deadlines for acceptance of UMC’s term sheet. Each of those deadlines passed without acceptance of the initial term sheet from UMC. UMC cannot allow this issue to continue to exhaust taxpayer dollars and consume precious resources that should be dedicated to care of El Paso’s families.

 “We have gone as far as we can go in our efforts to reach a resolution with Children’s Hospital,” said James N. Valenti, President & CEO of UMC. “We want to bring this bankruptcy to closure, and we remain resolute in our determination to ensure the vision of El Paso to have a Children’s Hospital is available to all. We intend to protect the mission and vision and the successful operation of the Children’s Hospital for years to come.”

“We still have litigation ahead and a plan to submit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that we intend to present in the coming weeks,” he added.

UMC will continue to dialogue with county commissioners and all interested organizations that can provide assistance toward saving the Children’s Hospital and the exceptional services it provides.

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