UTEP and Sierra Providence Health Network Outline New Collaborative Agreement

Researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso will work collaboratively with medical professionals from Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) under an agreement announced Wednesday, Sept. 11.

UTEP and SPHN entered into the agreement that allows for broad, general collaboration that furthers clinical and scientific medical research and education by both UTEP faculty and students and SPHN medical and professional staff.

“This new collaborative agreement is precisely the type of public-private partnership that will further groundbreaking medical research being conducted at The University of Texas at El Paso,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “The opportunity for UTEP researchers to work with the largest hospital network in El Paso offers huge potential to enhance health care for residents of the Paso del Norte region.”President Natalicio and J. Eric Evans, CEO of Providence Memorial HospitalPresident Natalicio and J. Eric Evans, CEO of Providence Memorial Hospital

President Natalicio was joined by J. Eric Evans, CEO of Providence Memorial Hospital, Providence Children’s Hospital, and Sierra Medical Center at the MOU signing held at UTEP.

“Sierra Providence Health Network and The University of Texas at El Paso are entering into an agreement to develop, support and nurture important research projects related to general health and well-being, disease prevention and state-of-the-art medical care,” Evans said. “The agreement will reduce barriers and enhance nationally established research processes at both institutions.”

Under the agreement, SPHN’s medical staff will be able to access UTEP research facilities and will be able to participate in UTEP’s peer review process in submitting research grants. UTEP researchers, meanwhile, can work directly with the medical staff at SPHN in El Paso, which includes Providence Memorial Hospital, Providence Children’s Hospital, Sierra Medical Center and Sierra Providence East Medical Center.

“We already have a close working relationship with UTEP through its nursing programs, and we are excited to further partner with the University,” said Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Providence East Medical Center Sally Hurt Deitch, a 2013 UTEP Distinguished Alumna. “SPHN is committed to embedding itself in the local community to be part of the health care solution in El Paso. This affiliation is a significant step in the right direction for all parties involved.”