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Business and community leaders have been working together for nearly two decades to develop a center of excellence in research and healthcare in the Paso del Norte region. The timeline below highlights the significant investments made from regional universities, healthcare providers and research institutions in the area of life sciences and biomedical innovation.

  • 1998

    El Paso Economic Summit

  • 1999

    El Paso medical school first proposed.

  • 2001

    • Texas approves $40M for TTUHSC to build a Medical Science Building in El Paso and $11M for TTUHSC clinic renovations.
    • Paso del Norte Health Foundation approves $1.25M for medical student scholarships.
    • Stewart Family donates 10 acres for the medical school site.

  • 2003

    Legislature authorizes $45M in bonds for TTUHSC to build a Medical Education Building in El Paso.

  • 2005

    Bond for $120M passes for Thomason Hospital to begin $154M worth of expansion and renovation projects.

  • Medical Center of the Americas Foundation


    • MCA Foundation is formed.
    • TTUHSC unveils its $40M Medical Sciences Building.

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


    • TTUHSC unveils its $45M Medical Education Building.
    • Legislature appropriates $48M for medical school staff and faculty.
    • Businessman Paul L. Foster donates $50M to TTUHSC to endow El Paso's medical school.

  • 2008

    • $120M bond passes to build the El Paso Children's Hospital.
    • Thomason Hospital breaks ground for expansion and renovation.
    • MCA's 140-acre master plan is incorporated into the City's 2025 Comprehensive Plan.

  • 2009


    • Thomason is renamed University Medical Center of El Paso.
    • UTEP's $45M Biosciences Research Building opens.
    • TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine seats its first class.
    • Construction begins on the El Paso Children's Hospital.

  • UTEP


    • UTEP begins construction on a $60M College of Health Sciences & School of Nursing.
    • UTEP announces $200M campaign as part of its pursuit of Tier 1 status.
    • Woody and Gayle Hunt donate $10M for an independent TTUHSC School of Nursing.
    • Lawmakers authorize $300M for construction at Fort Bliss, including $147M for a $966M replacement William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

  • William Beaumont Army Medical Center City of El Paso


    • Nationally ranked $57M Warrior Transition Barracks opens on Ft. Bliss.
    • Ft. Bliss breaks ground on a $966M Beaumont Army Medical Center.
    • City Council allocates 75% of its Impact Fund to the MCA over 18 years (~$60M).
    • TTUHSC Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing seats its first class.
    • UTEP unveils its $60M Health Sciences and Nursing building.

  • El Paso Children's Hospital


    • El Paso Children's Hospital opens.
    • UTEP unveils its $69.2M Chemistry & Computer Science Building.
    • TTUHSC at El Paso launches its Biomedical Sciences Graduate School.
    • MCA Foundation establishes its Biomedical Institute of the Americas (now called RedSky).
    • MCA Foundation grants $11M for construction of the TTUHSC nursing school building.

  • 2013

    • Inaugural class of TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine graduates.
    • MCA Foundation stages BIOMED symposium highlighting the work of region's biomedical community, awarding $9,000 to researchers.
    • TTUHSC at El Paso becomes a fourth freestanding university under the TTU System.
    • MCA Foundation receives multi-million dollar gift from Jack Cardwell for construction of a biomedical innovation facility, now called Cardwell Collaborative.
    • U.S. Economic Development Adminstration awards $1M to the MCA for the design the Cardwell Collaborative.
    • MCA recruits inaugural president of RedSky.
    • TTUHSC El Paso breaks ground on the MCA campus for its Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing.

  • The Hospitals of Providence East Campus New Mexico State University


    • Tenet invests millions in its El Paso hospitals, and breaks ground on a new teaching hospital in northwest El Paso.
    • New Mexico State University announces development of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, a privately funded, separately licensed entity.
    • The Hospitals of Providence East Campus unveils Tower II.
    • TTUHSC installs founding president.

  • 2015

    • MCA Foundation holds groundbreaking on $29 million Cardwell Collaborative
    • $75 million TRB approved by State for an Interdisciplinary Research Building (plus funding for expansion of cooperative pharmacy program)