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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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Author: EP Children’s Hospital

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.