AUSTIN, TX — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso is a step closer to becoming its own free-standing university.
Senate Bill 120 passed its committee Wednesday in Austin to allow the campus becomes a degree-granting university.
"As an independent health sciences university, TTUHSC at El Paso would be able to focus its efforts to reduce the shortage of health care professionals in the region, continue its research on diseases that affect Latino and border populations, and provide quality health care in a medically underserved region," said State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, who co-authored the bill alongside Lubbock's State Sen. Robert Duncan.
"This also will help to grow our Medical Center of the Americas, spurring regional economic development that benefits the entire state. Finally, and very importantly, this is an example of cooperation between West Texas communities that benefits everyone involved. El Paso is proud to be a growth partner with Texas Tech," said Rodriguez.
"We are one step closer to becoming El Paso's health sciences university," said Vice President for Health Affairs, Dr. J. Manuel de la Rosa. "We are thankful to the coalition of El Pasoans and Texas Tech officials who turned out in force to support our efforts."
SB 120 now goes to the State Senate for a vote.