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El Dorado students art exhibit featured in opening reception at Hospitals of Providence East Campus

Earlier this month, El Dorado High School had an opening reception for its 2019 International Baccalaureate art exhibit in the Founders Hall at the Hospitals of Providence East Campus.

The annual exhibit featured the artwork that El Dorado students created as part of a two-year project in the International Baccalaureate program. The IB program is one of the Socorro Independent School District’s advanced academics academies, which provides students a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that prepares them for college and careers and to be active participants of a global society.

“This is the culmination of everything they have been working on,” said Candace Printz, art teacher at El Dorado. “This reception is for the students so they can show their family and friends what they have been working so hard for.”

The students created numerous pieces and curated the exhibit. They wrote their biographies and created artist statements, creating an art portfolio to display professionally.

As part of their grade, the students spent part of the day defending their work to an art examiner.

“They had to be articulate and learn to explain themselves,” Printz said. “I found that the process helped a lot of the kids. It built their self-esteem.”

Many students sold their works and received 100 percent of the sales price they set.

Natalie De Santiago’s art intrigued a doctor, who walked by the exhibit. He bought one of her paintings and commissioned another.

“I honestly thought my work wasn’t that good,” said De Santiago, who hopes to become a psychologist and receive a minor in art therapy. “I was genuinely surprised that somebody would actually want my work. Being in this class opened that door for me.”

The two year project helped her discover an art style and uncover the kind of medium she prefers (painting). She learned so much about herself through her art work, De Santiago said.

“Art is so therapeutic,” she said. “It provides an escape for me. I am so grateful to have the IB program at El Dorado. It has led me to become a well-rounded student.”

De Santiago and her classmates’ experience would not have been possible without the help of the Hospitals of Providence East, who hosted the reception and exhibit, Printz said.

“They hang the show, provide the invitations, help celebrate our students with a luncheon and host the reception,” Printz said. “For somebody to be just down the road, be a Partner in Education and be able to step in and do that, it means the world to the kids. I am so grateful to the Hospitals of Providence for all they have done.”

El Dorado student art exhibit event photos

Hospitals of Providence East Campus designated Texas Ten Step Program facility

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus achieves yet another milestone by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

“The Mother-Baby Team at East Campus is committed to putting the health and well-being of our newest babies at the forefront of our care and are proud to support the overwhelming majority of women that are choosing to breastfeed,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus. “This designation is a remarkable achievement for our hospital, and we will continue to support new moms in raising happy, healthy babies.”

Texas Ten Step hospitals elevate the standard of care for mothers and babies by implementing policies to improve maternity care practices in birthing centers.

The education of hospital employees and accessibility to resources for breastfeeding mothers following discharge from the hospital are key objectives. The program works to advance more beneficial and favorable health outcomes for women and their infant children.

Those Ten Steps are based on expert research in infant health and wellbeing, and require that hospitals:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health-care staff.
  2. Train all health care employees in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Place babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour. Encourage mothers to recognize when their babies are ready to breastfeed and offer help if needed.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain breastfeeding as the source of nutrition, even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Solely provide infants with breastmilk for nutrition unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in by allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day while in the hospital.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand. Teach mothers cue-based feeding regardless of feeding method.
  9. Eliminate use of artificial nipples or pacifiers for breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from hospital or clinic.

East Campus joins a growing number of Texas hospitals and birth centers that are helping create a culture of breastfeeding support for new mothers and families.  The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus is also recognized as a Texas Ten Step Facility.

“This is another important step in our effort to bring breastfeeding awareness to our community,” said Kelly Moreno, Director of Nursing for Mother-Baby Unit for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus. “It is important to our team that we are providing our mothers with the tools and encouragement they need to breastfeed their new babies.”

In addition to becoming a Texas Ten Step facility, East Campus was recently designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

For more information on Maternity Services visit the website.

Hospitals of Providence East Campus Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Rising out of the desert just east of Loop 375, and now surrounded by homes and businesses, the Hospitals of Providence East Campus is celebrating ten years in East El Paso.

Officials with the Hospitals of Providence say that since the East Campus opened its doors on May 21, 2008, it has had “a significant impact in El Paso.”

“We saw a dire need for healthcare access in the east community,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Market COO for The Hospitals of Providence. “When we broke ground there was nothing but dirt for miles and now businesses and neighborhood communities have quickly surrounded.”

Since its inception, East Campus has had vast growth to provide the East community with the healthcare access needed in their neighborhood. The hospital seeing the need for added services in this area, underwent a $68 million expansion project in 2015 to add an additional tower, in order to increase bed count by 80 and expanding the emergency department.

Over the ten years, East Campus has touched thousands of lives, with 85,837 admissions, 18,076 deliveries, 35,050 surgeries 452,112 emergency department visits, and a total of 754,622 outpatient visits.

Vargas-Mahar, most recently named CEO for East Campus, was COO in 2008 and oversaw construction for the facility.

“I’m privileged to return back to the campus where I began this exciting project,” she said. “We continue to grow and expand our services to give patients the high quality care they need close to home. Most recently, we announced we are in active pursuit of Trauma Level-III designation to provide a higher level of care to patients with trauma injuries.”

East Campus was recently awarded a patient safety grade “A” by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

“Our people are what make us great,” said Vargas-Mahar. “It is their dedication to patient excellence that makes the difference and provides better patient outcomes. I am proud of our team and today on our anniversary we celebrate over a 100 employees for their 10 years of service. That’s a huge victory to have that many employees who have been committed to our team since the beginning.”

In addition to their medical services, the East Campus is a strong community supporter and is active in the surrounding schools. They support El Dorado High School through the International Baccalaurete Art Exhibit program. East Campus established the Student Board of Directors in 2015, comprised of students from the Ysleta and Socorro school district, giving them hands-on experience and knowledge to the healthcare industry. The hospital is heavily involved with Clint Independent School district to provide robotic demonstrations to their STEM program.

“We look forward to growing with the community and continuing to provide safe, quality healthcare to our patients,” said Vargas-Mahar.

The economic impact hospitals have in a community is tremendous. According to the American Hospital Association, “The goods and services hospitals purchase from other businesses create additional economic value for the community. With these “ripple effects” included, each hospital job supports about two additional jobs, and every dollar spent by a hospital supports roughly $2.30 of additional business activity.”

Hospitals of Providence East Campus Receives “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2018

Officials with the Hospitals of Providence announced Tuesday that their East Campus earned a grade “A” in a recent national safety study conducted by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

“We are proud to see a grade “A” for the 12th consecutive scoring period from Leapfrog,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Market COO for The Hospitals of Providence. “We strive to continually improve our performance in clinical care and patient satisfaction. It’s gratifying to see independent recognition of those efforts and a true testament to our staff that they are committed to providing our patients with the safe, quality care they deserve.”

As part of the national safety study, Leapfrog Group scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.  Scores are graded on a scale from A – F, based on 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

“Leapfrog is considered the gold standard for measuring patient care, and we are pleased to see East Campus well-represented among the top-performing U.S. hospitals,” said Vargas-Mahar.  “Recognition of this sort does not happen by chance. It is possible only through the dedication and tireless work of our nurses, physicians, and ancillary staff who treat our patients as though they were family.”

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus was among 750 hospitals nationally and only one in El Paso to be awarded an ‘A’ for efforts in protecting patients and meeting high safety standards.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are updated every spring and fall following assessments of more than 2,500 hospitals across the country.

To see full grade rating for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

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