EL PASO, Texas -- A big milestone for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, specifically the dental school.
The university on Tuesday unveiled its brand new dental clinic, which will provide care from faculty and student providers and specialize in high-tech, same-day dentistry.
The clinic is expected to expand oral care in the community for 60,000 patients a year.
The completion of the new facility marks a major step for Woody Hunt School of Dental Medicine, becoming the first dental school in Texas in the last 50 years.
It was seeded with a $25 million gift from Woody, Gayle and Josh hunt, and the Texas delegation secured $40 million over the past two state legislative sessions for the school.
“The entire TTUHSC El Paso campus has transformed the health care landscape in our region,” said Woody Hunt, who spoke at Tuesday's ribbon cutting event.
“Having a single campus in El Paso that houses a medical school, biomedical sciences school, nursing school, and now a dental school allows El Paso to be a national leader on healthcare," Hunt explained. "This institution provides young El Pasoans who want to pursue a career in health care the opportunity to do so here locally, fills tremendous health needs in our unique border community, and provides a boost to our regional economy.”
The dental school is expected to have an annual economic impact of $60 million.
The inaugural class will officially be welcomed next week.
The university said it received about 1,000 applications for about 40 slots