The 10th floor of the El Paso Children’s Hospital has been named the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Why?
Because on Wednesday, the hospital’s pediatric intensive-care unit received a $1 million challenge grant from the Hunt Family Foundation.
That’s a nice boost for the nonprofit hospital, which opened on Feb. 14. And it’s a nice boost for pediatric care in El Paso.
Lawrence Duncan, CEO of the hospital, said, “The bricks and mortar are a great start, but it’s these kinds of donations that are going to move the hospital forward.”
The donation also helps to move El Paso forward in its quest to be a medical center of national and international note.
University Medical Center, the Texas Tech presence at the medical school and nursing school, plans for a biomedical research park … we’re well on our way.
Also, pediatric care has long been a concern in El Paso. The El Paso Children’s Hospital has 122 private rooms and has recruited about 25 pediatric subspecialists. The pediatric ICU has 22 beds.
And the presence of the pediatric ICU and Children’s Hospital contribute to the overall quality of life in El Paso and particularly for some of the most vulnerable of our population — children.
It’s great to see the Medical Center of the Americas taking shape and growing, and it’s great to have El Pasoans who are willing to contribute significantly to that growth.