It was a cold crisp morning, but dozens of people showed up on the north side of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Thursday to celebrate the official opening of the Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion.
The new building is dedicated exclusively to patient care, with seven specialties in this building including family medicine. That means easy access for patients, with no more long walks through the halls of the Health Sciences Center to get to doctors.
Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the TTUHSC Medical School, was clearly excited, "This is a fantastic building, and it's where we're going to see most of our patients. The new building is over 150,000 square feet. We have our internal medicine, family medicine, ob/gyn, surgery, orthopedics, and ophthalmology. All of our physicians are really going to be working together. It's been carefully designed so that patients have the best possible visit here, so it's a great step forward as Texas Tech takes care of patients in this region."
Aside from the benefits to their patients, this new building will free up 100,000 square feet of research space in the Health Sciences Center. Beyond the possibilities of what Texas Tech can achieve with all of that new space, Chancellor Kent Hance was there to say that this $36 million facility is a credit to the arts.
A representation of the double helix of DNA that runs down the front window of the complex is a masterpiece from both sides of the glass.
Mr. Hance said that, "One of the best things we do at Texas Tech: we take one percent of the cost of a building and use that in public art. And that's the reason that the Carnegie Institute named us one of the top ten schools in the nation as far as our public art display."
The new Medical Pavilion sits on the west side of the Health Sciences Center, facing 4th street and houses 162 exam rooms and 15 procedure rooms