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Debbi and Dean Hester celebrate Foster School of Medicine’s 10-Year Anniversary as Scholarship Sponsor

On Monday, husband and wife community leaders Debbi and Dean Hester announced their support for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) with a $15,000 contribution to the Triple Scholarship as a sponsor of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s 10-year anniversary celebration, “Red Tie Affair for A White Coat Occasion”.

The Hesters have lived in El Paso for more than forty years and continue to invest in the community, having supported TTUHSC El Paso since its inception more than a decade ago.

“We are honored to provide the medical school with a contribution that will support student scholarships and strengthen the pipeline for medical professionals in this community and throughout the region,” said Dean Hester, Attorney and Partner at Ainsa, Hutson, Hester & Crews LLP. “Not only is the medical school increasing the number of graduates each year, but TTUHSC El Paso is boosting our local economy by creating hundreds of high-paying jobs and investing in major construction projects for the growing campus – a more than $227 million annual impact.”

The Foster School of Medicine recruits students from El Paso and across West Texas, with a mission of improving access to quality health care in the Borderland. The scholarships will assist students from El Paso and students who have returned to the Sun City to attend the Foster School of Medicine after completing their undergraduate studies elsewhere.

“Through my real estate business, I have the privilege of welcoming new medical students and their families to our incredible city as they relocate to attend school,” said Debbi Hester, Realtor at ERA Sellers Buyers.

“Our city continues to grow and over the last decade Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has grown with it. I am proud to support student scholarships for the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and look forward to celebrating a decade of excellence.”

TTUHSC El Paso‘s “Red Tie Affair For A White Coat Occasion” event will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in celebration of the Foster School of Medicine’s 10-year anniversary.

TTUHSC El Paso Professor Emeritus receives inaugural APSA Surgical Humanitarian Award

Donald Meier, M.D., professor emeritus at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), has been awarded the first American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Surgical Humanitarian Award.

“I saw the great need in El Paso,” Dr. Meier said. “As I toured the city, I saw it was truly an unserved pediatric surgical area. I went back to my wife and told her, ‘I think God is calling us to El Paso.’”

The award, meant for surgeons who have dedicated a significant portion of their careers to humanitarian efforts, was given to Dr. Meier in recognition of his 17 years of missionary surgery work in Nigeria, followed by his years serving underserved populations in El Paso, Juárez and other areas of the world.

Dr. Meier came to El Paso in 2003 at a time when there was no pediatric surgeon in the city, he said. For almost three years, he was the only pediatric surgeon on call in the West Texas area.

Dr. Meier became a full-time professor in TTUHSC El Paso’s department of surgery in 2005 and became a professor emeritus in 2015 with plans to continue his international humanitarian work. However, his humanitarian work unfortunately came to a stop after he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after a humanitarian trip to Cameroon in 2016.

Dr. Meier said his focus while practicing humanitarian surgeries was always on educating surgeons around the world. He has completed short-term teaching trips to areas of surgical need, such as Kosovo, Albania, Afghanistan, Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda and Mongolia, among others. He is an honorary professor of pediatric surgery at Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“My emphasis has always been on not only practicing high-quality surgery, but teaching high-quality surgery,” he said.

Tamara Fitzgerald, M.D., Ph.D., and Doruk Ozgediz, M.D., M.Sc., wrote an introduction about Dr. Meier for the award ceremony in Boston, Mass. They wrote, “Dr. Meier remains an icon in global surgery and pediatric surgery. He is a man of faith and has been a role model and mentor for generations of doctors and surgeons.”

Donald Meier, M.D. (left), speaks with a medical resident (right) and patients in a hospital in Ethiopia in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Donald Meier)

Their introduction goes on to say, “He exemplifies the highest ideals of humanitarianism to which we all strive: love for humanity, passion for service, empathy and a drive to alleviate the suffering for those in greatest need, and a lifelong commitment to tackle local and global inequities. His expertise, integrity and unwavering focus on the needs of clinicians and communities in low-income settings are a true inspiration. He has lobbied, cajoled and catalyzed interest in voluntarism globally – and he has done it with a witty sense of humor and zest for life. He is the rare surgeon whose career has established sustainable institutions both at home and abroad to reduce health disparities.”

Dr. Meier currently lives in Dallas with his wife of 50 years, Patsy. Patsy Meier worked as an operating room nurse with Dr. Meier during their years in Nigeria.

$3M gift by Rick, Ginger Francis to TTUHSC El Paso will be matched by University

On Tuesday, officials with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), along with the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation and Rick and Ginger Francis, announced a $3 million gift to the university.

“We love El Paso and the borderland region and feel it is important to make a difference on our watch,” Rick and Ginger Francis said. “We’ve had success and we want to share that success with the community, leaving it a better place for future generations.”

The Francis’ $3 million gift to TTUHSC El Paso will go to endow four deanships, as well as the endowed chair for the TTUHSC El Paso president, named in their honor.

This gift will be matched by TTUHSC El Paso, doubling its impact.

“Endowed positions allow us to attract and retain talented leadership from across the country who embody our university’s mission. That is what we have done in assembling an exceptional group of deans for our university,” said TTUHSC President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “Endowed deanships are one of the greatest ways to amplify what we do best here at TTUHSC El Paso: educate the next generation of health care professionals and conduct research on health issues affecting our border population.”

“TTUHSC El Paso has created an institution that will forever impact El Paso with new educational opportunities for future generations,” Rick and Ginger Francis said. “This gift will go toward the next phase of attracting the best and brightest faculty to help propel the university forward.”

Additionally, the Francis have established the Ginger G. and L. Frederick Francis Foundation in the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.

Tracy Yellen, CEO of the PDN Community Foundation, said the gift illustrates the collaboration needed to push the West Texas region forward.

“Rick and Ginger established the Ginger G. and L. Frederick Francis Foundation as a donor advised fund in the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to facilitate their charitable giving and support organizations like TTUHSC El Paso that are essential to the future of our region,” Yellen said. “We are honored to partner with Rick and Ginger and TTUHSC El Paso in this way. It is a testament to Rick and Ginger’s leadership and generosity, and the power of collaboration.”

The gift comes as the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine celebrates its 10-year anniversary. TTUHSC El Paso would not be what it is today without the generous support of many champions, including Rick and Ginger Francis — Texas Tech alumni with a long and meaningful history of leadership and giving.

University officials add that, Rick and Ginger Francis were among the earliest and most ardent supporters of TTUHSC El Paso before shovels even broke ground on what is the campus today.

TTUHSC El Paso will be the only health sciences center in Texas to have all its deanships endowed. The deans lead the four schools that comprise TTUHSC El Paso: the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and – coming in 2021 – the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine.

TTUHSC El Paso Street Names Honor Two El Pasoans

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and the City of El Paso will honor two local philanthropists at the street corner that bears their names.

Earlier this year on the campus of TTUHSC El Paso, North Concepcion Street and Alberta Avenue were officially renamed Rick Francis Street and Robert Brown Avenue, respectively.

“It is important for El Paso to honor Rick Francis and Robert Brown for their selfless efforts and contributions to the development of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso for generations to come,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said. “The city is privileged to be able to acknowledge them through this recognition.”

Rick Francis, chairman and CEO of WestStar Bank, is an El Paso native and former El Paso Inc. El Pasoan of the Year. He was named chairman of the Texas Tech University (TTU) System Board of Regents on Feb. 23, 2017, and served in that role until October 2018. Francis has served on the board since 2003, having been reappointed to the board twice.

He previously served as chairman of the Board of Regents from Jan. 1, 2005 to May 11, 2007 and has also headed the TTU System’s Finance and Administration Committee. In addition to his role on the Board of Regents, Francis is currently a member of the Academic, Clinical, and Student Affairs and Regents’ Rules Review Committees.

Robert Brown, an El Paso businessman, was appointed to the Board of Regents in 1995 and served until 2003. He was elected chairman of the board for a two-year term in 2001. Brown was also a member of the Texas Tech Foundation, serving from 2004 until 2012. Brown was honored as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus for the TTU Rawls College of Business.

Cassandra Hernandez, El Paso City Council representative for District 3, which includes TTUHSC El Paso, led the effort and put forth the motion to approve the name change on city council’s agenda earlier this year.

“Former board chairmen Rick Francis and Robert Brown have demonstrated significant contributions and commitment as members of the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System for TTUHSC El Paso,” Hernandez said. “In appreciation and gratitude, we are pleased to honor their efforts on behalf of the city of El Paso.”

Rick Francis and Robert Brown will attend the dedication celebration on Friday, December 7, as will TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange and City Representative Cassandra Hernandez.

TTUHSC El Paso Scholarship Created in Honor of Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is honoring the life of Texas Tech police officer Floyd East Jr. one year after his passing with the creation of a crowdfunding site to support a scholarship in his name.

“Officer Floyd East Jr. dedicated his life to keeping our Texas Tech University System campuses safe,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We are proud to honor Officer East with a new scholarship program in his name. It is fitting that the scholarship will go to students from his hometown pursuing education and careers related to law enforcement.”

A native El Pasoan, Officer East served on the TTUHSC El Paso campus from December 2014 to April 2017 before transferring to Texas Tech University in Lubbock in May 2017 to complete field training.

Officer East, who had plans to return to his hometown when a position became available at TTUHSC El Paso, passed away October 9, 2017 during an evening shift.

Officer East is remembered as a loving father, husband and colleague. Family described him as a witty and warm friend who excelled at carpentry, seafood boils and barbecuing, and relished exhilarating activities like skydiving and deep-sea diving.

“Every day, our police officers walk out in the world knowingly risking their lives to ensure that our lives are protected,” said President Lange. “There is really no greater act of selflessness than that.”

The scholarship will benefit select undergraduate or graduate students at Texas Tech University enrolled in the Institute for Forensic Science or a concentration in criminology with preference for students from the El Paso area.

Donations to the account may be made online or by contacting Carolina Camargo De Luca at or 915-215-4859.

Governor Reappoints TTUHSC El Paso Professor to Advisory Council

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Alan Tyroch, M.D., professor and founding chair of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), to a six-year term on the Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services.

The council works to ensure Texans receive efficient and competent emergency and trauma care.

Dr. Tyroch is also chief of surgery and trauma medical director at University Medical Center of El Paso. Dr. Tyroch is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Texas Surgical Society, Southwestern Surgical Congress, American Trauma Society, Pan-American Trauma Society, Pediatric Trauma Society, Western Surgical Association, Association for Academic Surgery, Association for Surgical Education, Society of Surgical Chairs,  South Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Texas Medical Association and El Paso County Medical Society.

Dr. Tyroch is an active member in the BorderRAC in TSA I. Tyroch received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

TTUHSC El Paso to Host 4th Annual Red Raider Reels Starting Friday

Red Raider Reels, a free movie series hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), returns to the campus starting Friday night

Red Raider Reels will kick off at sundown Friday, Aug. 31 with a screening of “Ready Player One.” The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing Sept. 28.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic chairs, snacks and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and popcorn will be available for a small donation that will benefit the university’s Student Excellence Fund.

Glass containers, alcohol and pets are prohibited. Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.

What: Free outdoor movie series

When: Fridays at sundown, Aug. 31-Sept. 28

Where: 5001 El Paso Drive (lawn between the Medical Education and Medical Sciences Buildings)

2018 Red Raider Reels Schedule

Video: TTUHSC El Paso – Tech Talk for Week Ending March 9

Jay Koester has a look at all the news and events from TTUHSC El Paso, including the visit of Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. They met with community leaders and got a look at the construction progress of the new Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II.

Video: Tech Talk for February 5

 TTUHSC El Paso’s Jay Koester brings you the latest in this week’s Tech Talk including a TTUHSC El Paso professor earns the Distinguished Teaching Award, and more than 150 medical, nursing and pharmacy students participate in an interprofessional education session about team communication.

TTUHSC El Paso Professor Named Laureate by American College of Physicians

Richard McCallum, M.D., professor and founding chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), was recently named a 2017 Laureate by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

The Laureate Award is given to Texas physicians “who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, and in service to their community, their chapter and the American College of Physicians,” said George Crawford, M.D., the Texas Southern ACP governor.

Dr. McCallum, who has been a member of different state chapters of the ACP since 1975, has made major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the digestive disorder gastroparesis. In patients with gastroparesis, food moves through the stomach much slower than normal.

Dr. McCallum has researched the interactions between the brain and stomach to understand the causes of associated nausea and vomiting, and more effectively treat the disease.

Dr. McCallum holds three patents and is the inventor of a gastric pacemaker to help patients who cannot digest food properly. His findings have appeared in more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 120 textbook chapters. He has also edited 14 scientific textbooks on gastroenterology.

“As a leader in the Texas medical community; teacher of students, residents and gastroenterology fellows; prodigious investigator; nationally and internationally recognized contributor to the field of gastroenterology; clinician; researcher and chair of departments and societies, Dr. McCallum exemplifies the best aspects of our profession and was unanimously selected by the Texas ACP nomination committee for the Laureate Award,” Dr. Crawford said.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. McCallum noted that he was the second TTUHSC El Paso faculty member to receive the Laureate Award from the ACP, which has been awarded annually since 1985. Harry Davis II, M.D., associate professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Internal Medicine, received the award in 2011.

“The list of prior recipients of this honor includes some of the most well-known and productive physicians from the state of Texas,” Dr. Davis said. “I was deeply honored to be included among those who had received this lifetime pinnacle award.”

Dr. McCallum said he was proud of TTUHSC El Paso’s evolution since his arrival in 2009. He said he has had great mentors in his career, and is dedicated to mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.

“This award is indeed an honor for my career, as well as for the school,” Dr. McCallum said. “It is a recognition of my body of work focused on diagnosing and treating patients, while at the same time incorporating a teaching environment and a research culture to help produce the future leaders in clinical and academic gastroenterology.”

Dr. McCallum joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2009 as professor and founding chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. In 2014, he established the RotaCare Clinic in El Paso in partnership with the Rotary Club. This clinic is a resource for individuals with no other access to health care services, and provides first- and second-year medical students with one of their initial clinical experiences, under the supervision of licensed physicians.

In addition to his appointment at TTUHSC El Paso, Dr. McCallum is the director of gastroenterology research and the Center for Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility, and an honorary professor in the Departments of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Queensland Australia. He has also served on the gastroenterology faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine, and as chief of gastroenterology and the GI fellowship program at the University of Virginia and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Texas Tech UHSC El Paso Set For Annual Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer Event

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso will again kick off the holiday season with their annual Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer celebration.

The event, held at the Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn at 5001 El Paso Drive, will offer a free light show, food and festivities for El Paso families.

The light show — presented by the same team behind the famous Fred Loya holiday light show — will wow the crowd. Soon after, TTUHSC El Paso’s seasonal campus lights will be turned on for the first time.

Special guests will include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and the Snowflake Princesses from the movie “Frozen.”

Photo booths will provide free photos with Santa Claus and all the other special guests.

Crave Kitchen and Bar and Hillside Donuts will provide treats and apple cider. All activities will be free, including parking in campus lots.

What: Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1  |  Note: Light show will begin about 7 p.m.

Where: Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn, 5001 El Paso Drive

TTUHSC El Paso Awarded $3.7 Million Colorectal Cancer Prevention Grant

Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., has received $3.7 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to reduce the impact of colorectal cancer in West Texas.

Doctors recommend adults ages 50 and older get tested for colon cancer, but many West Texans are not following these guidelines. Only 54 percent of qualifying El Pasoans get tested for the cancer, compared to 69 percent of the rest of the U.S. Rural West Texas counties fare far worse, with screening rates falling as low as 28 percent.

“In West Texas, colorectal cancer cases and mortality rates are significant,” Dr. Shokar explained. “The lack of knowledge about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, coupled with a lack of access to screening services, has created a barrier to health care in our region.”

Dr. Shokar will use the grant to expand the reach of the Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer Screening (SuCCCeS), a collaboration among public, private, non-profit, and for-profit health service providers led by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). SuCCCeS’ goal is to increase the number of El Pasoans who are getting screened for colon cancer.

The new CPRIT funds will help SuCCCeS expand its service area to an additional 25 West Texas counties, encompassing an area with a combined population of nearly 2.9 million residents.

These counties, which stretch from Big Bend Country to the Panhandle Plains, have high rates of poverty, low educational attainment, low rates of health care coverage, are predominantly Hispanic, and are critically medically underserved. In fact, several of the target counties do not have a single physician.

Dr. Shokar and the coalition will begin the effort by integrating services into health care organizations in El Paso, as well as within clinics in the over 40,000-square-mile region. The team will offer free colorectal cancer screening services to eligible men and women; in-person and video colon cancer prevention education that is bilingual; and navigation to timely treatment for participants who have been diagnosed with cancer.

SuCCCeS will also train health care providers to promote colon cancer screening, to reduce patient barriers to screening, and to enhance potential resources for their patients, such as insurance coverage options for colonoscopies.

Dr. Shokar’s ultimate goal is not only to have more adults screened, but also to educate West Texans of all ethnic backgrounds about the importance of regular screening for early diagnosis — when colon cancer is most curable.

Over the course of the three-year grant, SuCCCeS is expected to provide 11,100 screening and diagnostic tests, 16,000 educational services, and 600 professional education services.

Dr. Shokar already has a strong history of leading successful cancer prevention programs. This is her sixth award from CPRIT as a principal investigator. Thus far, her grants have brought $15 million to the El Paso community for cancer prevention and early detection services and research.

SuCCCeS coalition members include nine hospitals, 26 clinics, and 150 community partners.

TTUHSC El Paso Hosts Online Sports Medicine Q&A Friday

An upcoming Facebook Live Q&A will invite the community to listen in and pose health questions to a physician from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

Justin Wright, M.D., a physician in the Department of Family Medicine, will host the session to discuss sports injuries, physical therapy and prevention strategies. Dr. Wright will take questions from viewers about a wide range of topics, including sports medicine trends, like cryotherapy, dietary supplements and fitness trackers.

Dr. Wright specializes in sports medicine, concussion management and musculoskeletal examination. He also directs the TTUHSC El Paso sports medicine fellowship program, which works with athletes at The University of Texas at El Paso and local high school sports teams and serves at on-site athletics events like the El Paso Marathon.

Dr. Wright received his M.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, and later completed a family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at the Crozer-Keystone Health System in Pennsylvania.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions to Dr. Wright in advance and RSVP on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook Live Q&A event page.  The live will also be shared on the Herald-Post facebook page.

What: Live public health care Q&A

When: 11 a.m. Friday, July 21

Where: Online at

TTUHSC El Paso Physician Hosts Online Mental Health Q&A Friday Morning

An upcoming Facebook Live Q&A will invite the community to listen in and pose health questions to a physician from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

In honor of Mental Health Month, Peter Thompson, M.D., a physician and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, will host the session. Dr. Thompson, who specializes in bipolar disorder, treatment-resistant depression and the biology of brain disorders, will take questions from viewers about a variety of mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia.

Dr. Thompson will also discuss El Paso’s first Brain Bank — a TTUHSC El Paso laboratory that conducts postmortem research to understand the biological underpinnings behind mental illness.

Dr. Thompson received his Doctor of Medicine and residency training from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to complete a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego and the Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Thompson is director of the Southwest Brain Bank; he joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2016.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions to Dr. Thompson in advance and RSVP on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook Live Q&A on Mental Health and the Biology of Brain Disorders event page.

This Q&A session is part of a new TTUHSC El Paso initiative called The Exam Room. The Exam Room encourages the El Paso community to engage with expert health care professionals at TTUHSC El Paso.

Each month, The Exam Room will hold one or more public Q&As, each focusing on a different health-related topic and highlighting a TTUHSC El Paso health care specialist who has volunteered to answer questions on the subject.

What: Live health care Q&A open to the El Paso community

When: 11 a.m. Friday, May 12

Where: Online via Herald-Post’s Facebook page or TTUHSC El Paso’s Page

New TTUHSC El Paso Degree Positions Nurses for Leadership Roles

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). The degree will prepare nurses for positions in management and administration in the health care field.

The seven-semester program will be offered by the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) and is set to begin in spring 2018. The part-time program will provide students a unique combination of online courses with on-campus intensive experiences. This differs from a similar M.S.N. at The University of Texas at El Paso that is in a completely online format.

“Traditional on-campus programs may be difficult for working nurses and while entirely online programs are flexible, they are not always effective in fully engaging students,” says Penny Cooper, D.N.P., R.N., assistant dean for graduate programs at the  GGHSON. “That’s why we’re going to offer a hybrid of the two formats, giving students the opportunity to experience and benefit from both learning environments.”

The program, which focuses on producing the nursing leaders of the future, was developed in response toseveral national reports, including the 2010 report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The reportemphasized the importance of nurses being full partners alongside physicians and other health careprofessionals, encouraging nurses to achieve higher levels of education.

To help achieve this national goal, the M.S.N. program will include leadership-focused courses to learn about business, finance, and policy, among others. This knowledge will ultimately prepare graduates to become decision-makers who can influence health care delivery in complex health care systems.

The degree will also provide unique interdisciplinary experiences not found anywhere else in the Paso del Norte region. Nursing students will learn from faculties of the nursing, medical and biomedical science schools. This inter-professional approach will prepare students to communicate effectively with a variety of professionals in future health care settings — an opportunity that can only be provided at a health sciences center.

“The GGHSON is the only school of nursing on the U.S.-Mexico border that resides in an academic health sciences center,” explains GGHSON Dean Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “That means we provide our graduate students with a unique environment in which to study, and a framework for our graduates to be valuable contributors to any community or health care system, no matter where they decide to practice.”

Successful completion of the M.S.N. degree will lead to professional growth and employment opportunities. Graduates may seek positions such as charge nurse, manager, administrator, or chief nursing officer (CNO).

The degree was officially approved by the THECB April 20.

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