Tedd L. Mitchell: Because of you, we are TTUHSC

Many of you have driven past Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on Fourth Street at one time or another. But unless you have a connection to TTUHSC, you may have little idea of what happens inside our walls.

 

We are making our communities healthier today and are training the health care providers of tomorrow. We do research, which not only makes a dramatic difference in Lubbock but also around the world. For example, we’ve developed a vaccine that will protect millions worldwide from a terrible parasite-driven disease.

And we do a lot more. Much, much more.

But it wouldn’t be possible without you — and for that we are grateful.

TTUHSC is a public university; our budget, however, comes from a combination of state, local and private funds. Donor support is what truly allows us to recruit and retain top-quality students, provide scholars and scientists with opportunities to develop viable research studies to compete for funding from the National Institutes of Health, and sustain outreach improving lives in our communities.

Each year on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day, the nation pauses to collectively honor, thank and recognize the generous support given by so many.

At TTUHSC, one day is not enough to show our gratitude. We’ve expanded this into a weeklong celebration — Philanthropy Awareness Week — when we recognize and offer a special thank you to our friends, alumni, faculty, students and staff for their generous support since the start of The Campaign for Your Life, Our Purpose.

We’re specifically grateful for:

■ More than $70 million from our special donors during The Your Life, Our Purpose campaign. These donations allow us to continue the discovery of new knowledge leading to medical breakthroughs.

■ Donor support for endowed chairs and professorship positions that help attract some of the best faculty in the country.

■ Scholarships, which lessen the financial burden of obtaining a degree, allowing students to focus on studies and future careers.

■ Employees who donate to enhance TTUHSC and help make this a great place to work and receive care. Their contributions have purchased much-needed equipment such as interpreter stations that help patients better communicate in several languages with their health care providers.

■ Student support through Our Legacy Now, which provides emergency financial assistance to our students during unexpected hardships.

■ State-of-the-art facilities where students gain the hands-on training to become the health care professionals we need.

This and so much more is possible because of you.

Beginning in 1969 as Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TTUHSC is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Lubbock and the Permian Basin. To date, we have trained more than 24,000 health care professionals and scientists, and we provide health care to a region populated by 2.5 million people who live in a 108-county area stretching from the Texas Panhandle south to the Permian Basin and west into eastern New Mexico.

We have established ourselves as a leader in education and patient care and are building a top-ranked research environment with significant studies underway in areas such as aging, cancer, vaccines, reproduction, genetic diseases and health care delivery to rural areas.

Our goal is to become known as an institution that advances knowledge for students and health care professionals through educational opportunities and research while providing quality patient care and service.

You have been a large part of our success over the past almost 50 years. Thank you for your continuing generous support.

Because of you, we are fulfilling our purpose. Because of you, we are TTUHSC.

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Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., is president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

 

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