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TTUHSC El Paso’s Medical Practice Reaccredited for Providing Top-Quality Patient Care

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s medical practice has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission for outpatient care.

Accreditation by TJC is a symbol of quality that reflects a commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, a multi-specialty medical practice with seven locations throughout the city of El Paso, underwent a rigorous on-site survey in April 2018. TJC’s team of surveyors evaluated the clinic sites for several quality standards: care coordination, monitoring of procedures involving sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, medication management, and patient education and training.

“[Having The Joint Commission accreditation] is a badge of honor,” said Michael J. Herrera, assistant director for the TTUHSC El Paso Office of Quality Improvement. “It says we are at a higher standard of quality and a higher standard of patient safety. We’re taking these extra steps for our patients.”

Established in 1975, TJC’s ambulatory health care accreditation program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of outpatient facilities. Today, the program serves 2,100 clinical providers, with more than 8,500 sites serving over 83 million patient visits annually.

TJC develops its accreditation standards by consulting with health care experts and providers, performance measurement experts, and patients. Scientific literature and expert consensus also are used to create the standards, which help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

“The Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director for The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care accreditation program. “We commend Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”

The hundreds of providers, residents and staff at the clinics are critical to maintaining the high standards required for TJC accreditation.

Irma Montes-Gomez, TTUHSC El Paso’s senior director for quality improvement/occupational health, added that TTUHSC El Paso conducts quarterly inspections of its clinics to maintain compliance with TJC standards and other regulatory agencies even while not under survey.

In addition to TTP El Paso’s reaccreditation this year, TJC recently conferred Comprehensive Stroke Center status for University Medical Center of El Paso. UMC is an affiliate and primary training site for TTUHSC El Paso’s medical and nursing students.

TTP El Paso’s TJC accreditation went into effect in April 2018 and will last for three years.

The Joint Commission provides accreditation to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. As the clinical practice of TTUHSC El Paso, Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso has received accreditation under the legal parent name of TTUHSC El Paso.

Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Clinics Offer ALS Patients One-Stop, Multidisciplinary Care

As amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progresses, patients with the neurodegenerative disease deal with loss of muscle function, and the escalating difficulties that come as a result.

Visiting a number of different physicians and specialists can become nearly impossible as patients lose use of their arms and legs, and struggle with breathing and even the ability to swallow food.

Now, for the first time in El Paso, patients with ALS can take part in multidisciplinary outpatient clinics. The clinics will allow ALS patients to see a physician and — in the same day, in one location — receive occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapy, as well as social services.

While there is currently no cure for ALS, this multidisciplinary clinic can help prolong the lives of ALS patients and improve their quality of life, said Dr. Darine Kassar, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

“After a patient sees all the specialists at the clinic, the team will meet at the end and have a treatment plan for the patient,” Dr. Kassar said. “Then we can anticipate things before they happen. For instance, if a patient has a breathing problem, then we don’t wait until that patient is in distress and has to go to the ER, where they will probably need to be intubated. Instead, we can anticipate that and see what the patient needs ahead of time. Then we can help them with noninvasive ventilation.”

There aren’t many people with ALS in El Paso, but formalized treatment has been missing for those patients, said Vinny Kaur, M.P.H., administrator in the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (TTP El Paso) Department of Neurology.

These clinics will help ALS patients in El Paso access formal, multidisciplinary treatment in a coordinated fashion for the first time.

The multidisciplinary clinics are a collaborative effort between TTP El Paso and the Texas Chapter of the ALS Association. Clinics will be offered at 1 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at the main TTP El Paso location (4801 Alberta Avenue). The first clinic was offered Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Patients diagnosed with ALS can contact the clinic at 915-215-5900. All insurances are accepted.

TTP El Paso at Transmountain Hosts Public Health Fest Saturday

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (TTP El Paso)’s newest clinic, TTP El Paso at Transmountain, will open its doors to the public at West Health Fest.

The free event, jointly hosted by TTP El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), will offer a fitness challenge, health screenings, cooking demos, Zumba and yoga classes, an inflatable obstacle course, and prizes throughout the day.

The highlight of the West Health Fest will be the Texas Tech Fitness Challenge. This CrossFit-inspired workout will challenge participants to complete a 250-meter row, followed by six to eight tire flips.

Participants will then pull a sled (95 pounds for males, 65 pounds for females) and race the clock to finish off the challenge with burpees (15 reps for males, 10 reps for females).

First, second, and third place winners will be announced based on fastest times for each event.

More information about the event, including the schedule and Doctor’s Corner topics can be found HERE.

What:             West Health Fest

When:            9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9

Where:          Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso at Transmountain | 2000 B Transmountain Road

New Chief Medical Officer to Facilitate TTUHSC El Paso/Tenet Collaboration

Gustavo “Gus” Martell, M.D., FACOG, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus — the nation’s newest teaching hospital. In collaboration with Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (TTP El Paso) at Transmountain, the hospital will help serve the health care needs of El Paso and Southern New Mexico, all while providing a world-class training facility for medical students and residents.

Whereas hospital CMOs are typically hired and employed by the hospital, Dr. Martell will serve in this new role as an employee of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), reflecting the unique collaboration between the University and The Hospitals of Providence.

In this important role, Dr. Martell will be the primary liaison to hospital management for matters relating to the hospital’s medical staff. He will also be responsible for fostering a positive and productive teaching environment by reinforcing the hospital’s unique culture as an academic teaching facility composed of full-time and community faculty.

As the hospital’s clinical leader, Dr. Martell will also oversee clinical operations to ensure that patients at the hospital receive the highest quality of care.

Dr. Martell brings to TTUHSC El Paso an extensive background, including 22 years of clinical and progressive health care management experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. A native of El Paso, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in 1991, and went on to complete his residency at the Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Sciences Center in El Paso (now TTUHSC El Paso) in 1995.

Dr. Martell was elected Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) by the medical students in his residency program and was chosen for the outstanding resident award in his graduating class. Having personally delivered nearly 7,000 El Pasoans, Dr. Martell’s new leadership role will allow him to continue his legacy of service to the border community.

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