With a level-1 trauma center that services a 250-mile radius, a Tier One university and the thriving healthcare industry, the “Hub City” offers the most comprehensive health care services available between Dallas, Phoenix and Oklahoma City. Lubbock’s hospitals and clinics offer state-of-the-art medical technology and services making it possible to receive world-class treatment and care locally.
Working in the healthcare sector as well as being trained for a career in health services is an available option for many. By investing in students as they earn their degree, the city has welcomed long-time residents and healthcare professionals upon graduation day. These programs include:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is consistently ranked in the top 120 medical programs in the country and houses the TTUHSC School of Medicine, TTUHSC School of Nursing and TTUHSC School of Allied Health. In fact, TTUHSC was recently ranked number one medical school in the country for affordability, making it a great option as it provides a high-quality education at an attainable price.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University offers a plethora of undergraduate specialized tracks designed for the pre-medical track. These include Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Pre-Dental, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Occupational, Therapy, Pre-Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. Students are also able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as many more in the College of Human Sciences. For more information, click here.
Lubbock Christian University
Home to over 2,000 students, this private university offers young training professionals in the medical field an opportunity to earn their RN-BS as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Lubbock Christian University also boasts a graduate nursing program and partners with Covenant Health System. Click here for more information.
South Plains College
South Plains College (SPC), located in Levelland, Texas, is the region’s community college and houses premier certification and associate degree programs in healthcare, including emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, radiologic assistant, respiratory care, surgical tech, associate nursing and vocational nursing. For more information, click visit the SPC website.
Lubbock’s healthcare hub serves a population of more than 1.2 million people, making it a vital component of the Lubbock economy. It employs more than 17,000 people, whose payroll ($543.3 million) and related contributions produce a $735.6 million impact to the Lubbock area.
Recently, Skywriter M.D., a medical scribing company moved into downtown Lubbock. Skywriter employs pre-medical and medical students to work directly with doctors by virtually transcribing visits, allowing the physician more face time with the patient. The experience these positions provide in medical terminology, electronic medical record software and physician workflow create a well-rounded skill set for the employee, making them a competitive candidate for the medical field or their continued course of study.
As the hub of healthcare in the Lubbock metro area, outlying towns like Post, Levelland and other farming communities rely on the resources offered here. Lubbock’s healthcare industry plays a vital role in the lives of many with a variety of healthcare providers, specialists and other clinics to choose from, including:
University Medical Center
As the home of the largest healthcare provider in the South Plains region, University Medical Center (UMC) also serves as a level-1 trauma center. UMC is the primary teaching hospital for TTUHSC. Through the partnership with Texas Tech, the health system produces groundbreaking research and innovative technology, including several nationally recognized clinical trials in breast and prostate cancer. UMC also houses the Timothy J. Harnar Burn Center, the only one of its kind between Denver and Dallas.
Texas Tech Physicians
Texas Tech Physicians is the medical practice of TTUHSC. Each office is headed by the physicians educating tomorrow’s leading healthcare professionals, which means care providers are at the forefront of the latest in medical technology and patient care.
Covenant Hospital, a member of St. Joseph’s Health System, is the largest healthcare institution in the region with 1,326 licensed beds, more than 5,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians at its cornerstone facilities.
Grace Clinic is a multi-specialty, comprehensive-care clinic providing a broad range of healthcare choices and is an affiliate of the Covenant Health System.
Lubbock Heart and Surgical Hospital
Lubbock Heart and Surgical Hospital is a 74-bed licensed facility, which includes 16 cardiac coronary care beds. All patient rooms are private and equipped with the latest technology to meet the special needs of cardiovascular patients. Lubbock Heart Hospital provides a specially designed and equipped emergency department aimed at the treatment of cardiovascular emergencies. Care teams are also trained to treat acute emergencies in the event of an injury or illness.
Along with the state-of-the-art medical facilities and training programs, Lubbock also provides opportunities for alternative healthcare at practices like Veritas Medical, a direct primary care medical clinic that specializes in longer visits, direct communication with your physician and same-day urgent care visits. Visit their website for more information.
For more information on Lubbock’s robust healthcare industry, visit lubbockeda.org!