LUBBOCK, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center:
The Texas legislature recently authorized $ 3 billion for capital construction assistance projects at state colleges and universities through Senate Bill 52. This includes more than $ 78.6 million for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). The bill was passed by the legislature on October 19 and was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on October 25 during the special session.
“We greatly appreciate the leadership of our West Texas delegation and the support of the Texas Legislature for helping to secure these funds,” said TTUHSC President Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D. .. “These funds represent a significant investment in our expanding infrastructure, allowing us to continue our efforts to transform healthcare across the state.
TTUHSC’s capital construction assistance projects include:
- Renovation of existing research infrastructure – $ 59.9 million, to align with TTUHSC legislative priorities
- Midland Physician Assistant Facility Expansion – $ 18.7 million
- This funding will further bolster the legislature’s investments secured in the 2019 session. health. TTUHSC’s Physician Assistant program attracts approximately 28 applicants per available place, compared to 3.5 applicants per place nationally. Currently there are 112 students in the program; the expansion will increase student capacity and help address the shortage of health professionals in rural areas by providing primary care in the Permian Basin and beyond. There are approximately 160 physician assistants in the Permian Basin, of which 75% are TTUHSC alumni. Construction of this facility has started and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.
(Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center press release)