Updated: 9:51 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2007
Posted: 8:12 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2007
“They had to send to Houston and Dallas to do tests, and then we had to wait forever to get those results back and stuff, and you know, it was just a horrible time,” said Rector.
She said if those tests could have taken place at a children’s hospital in El Paso, it would have made a significant difference.
“Well, definitely because he would have gotten the treatments he needed faster then instead of having to wait a week to get the results back,” said Rector.
While many believe El Paso does need a children’s hospital, it won’t serve just Sun City residents, but people all across the borderland, including the millions who live just across the border in Juarez.
Pedro Pina Sr.’s son had a tumor the size of an orange on his kidney. Pedro Jr. receives chemotherapy once a week at Providence Memorial Children’s Hospital, and Pina said a full children’s hospital may save them from a lengthy trip for treatment in the future.
“Yes I think it’s a good idea, because we do need a children’s hospital. We go to Providence, he gets his treatment, but there are certain treatments that you need to go to Fort Worth or San Antonio,” said Pina .
Dr. Raj Marwah said these cases prove El Paso needs a children’s hospital.
“Absolutely, every large town has a children’s hospital, so should we,” said Marwah.
He said the children’s hospital at Providence does a good job, but is not big enough. Either Providence must grow, or Thomason must build a new hospital, but not both.
“Shoot for one. I really think we should shoot for one, if you have two you dilute the forces. You know we are short nurses anyway, to have nurses for two parallel places, I don’t think it’s impossible, it’s a daunting challenge,” said Marwah.
Marwah said if Providence expands or Thomason builds a new children’s hospital, whatever the decision, all of the hospitals must be behind it to succeed, and it must be a collaborative effort.
If El Paso County decides to bring the idea of a children’s hospital to Thomosan up for a public vote, that vote will take place on Nov. 6 in a special election.