TTUHSC Amarillo Employees Honored as Texans Caring for Texans


Texas Tech Physicians Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team holding awards and smiling

Each year state agencies from the upper 26 counties in the Texas Panhandle are invited to select an employee or team of employees to receive a Texans Caring for Texans award. The award program, created in 1996 by former State Representative David Swinford, recognizes these state employees for the effort they put forth to positively impact their communities.

Texas Tech Physicians Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team

The 2021 Texans Caring for Texans recipients were recognized Aug. 5 in a ceremony at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. This is the 25th year for the recognition.

The TTUHSC School of Medicine honored its Texas Tech Physicians Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team made up of Smita Bhaskaran, M.D., Samer Zaid Kaylani, M.D., and Brenda Chandler, BSN, RN. These health care professionals provide around-the-clock care to the children of the High Plains who have difficult diagnoses. They also plan fun extracurricular activities for their patients to foster a sense of community for their patients and their families.

TTUHSC-Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy admissions and recruitment team

The TTUHSC-Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy recognized its admissions and recruitment team for their exceptional work recruiting students during the challenges of COVID-19. Members include Brailey Strain, Jenni Williams, M.Ed, and Natalie Auci.

Other state agencies recognized included: Amarillo College, Clarendon College, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Clements and Dalhart units), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Transportation (Amarillo and Childress districts), Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Workforce Solutions and West Texas A&M University.

Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians is a physician group and part of the School of Medicine and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

Clinics are located in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and the Permian Basin, encompassing 108 counties of Texas and New Mexico comprising 103,000 square miles with a population of 2.6 million people. Receiving care in a medical school setting is unique – many Texas Tech Physicians are also teachers. They must remain up-to-date in new treatments and diagnostics, not only to care for their patients, but also to pass on that knowledge to resident physicians, physicians studying in fellowships and medical students.

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