Covenant Health System Endows Chair for Stroke Research
Creating a new partnership for stroke research on the South Plains, Covenant Health System announced a $1 million gift on Oct. 20 to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, establishing the Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease.
The endowed chair will provide education and training for Covenant Health System employees and fund stroke and neuroligical science research. Dr. Jongyeol Kim, an associate professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Neurology was named to the new position.
“After reviewing needs studies and receiving input from the medical staff, Covenant began building an important partnership with the TTUHSC School of Medicine,” said Jim Houser, interim president and CEO of Covenant Health System. “Covenant is committed to meet this important need, which will enhance care for stroke patients.”
According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 143,000 Americans each year.
Dr. Steven Berk, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said the partnership with Covenant Health System is an important step in creating a neurology department and establishing a neurology residency program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
“The [neurology residency] program will attract faculty who can partner with Covenant medical staff to better provide care for stroke patients,” said Berk. “The Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease will be an important element in providing the highest level of care to stroke patients in our region.”
Covenant Health System, a member of St. Joseph Health System, is the largest health care institution in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. It was founded in 1998 through a merger of two of Lubbock’s most respected health care facilities, St. Mary of the Plains Hospital and Lubbock Methodist Hospital System.