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7/3/08

From Lubbock General to University Medical Center

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Don McInturff Don McInturff

Lubbock General Hospital opened on February 1, 1978. Since then it has grown from a simple four story building to what is now called University Medical Center. 

It stands six stories high with a cancer center and more than 400 beds, including a Conference Center that bears the name of Don McInturff, one of the early Board of Managers.

McInturff says he remembers the early days, when Lubbock General got off to a really rocky start. "The hospital was broke - terrible, terrible financial situation. COD, having trouble keeping doctors, not too many patients - it was just in a terrible situation. We made some changes with management and it started evolving. From 1982 until today, everything that has been put in this hospital, every piece of construction, every piece of equipment - the day it's received, it's paid for," he said.

McInturff adds the Children's Miracle Network broadcast, every year for 25 years, has done more than raise $10 million dollars for the treatment of kids. It has also helped change the perception of the hospital from what was once considered a place for indigent care to what is now considered a premier facility, with that all important partnership with the Texas Tech Medical School.

On that note, McInturff says there is a test that residents take at the end of the year when they graduate, and this past year, the residents in Pediatrics at the Texas Tech Medical School were scored number two in the nation.

Children's Miracle Network - Lubbock Site
Learn more about how CMN helps children on the South Plains and the UMC Children's Hospital.

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