TYLER, TX (KLTV) - As UT Health East Texas, formerly known as East Texas Medical Center, continues its transition under new ownership, they are gradually re-branding to match their new colors and name.
The most recently completed phase of that transition is the receipt of new uniforms for their EMTs and paramedics, but they had to get rid of the old ones first.
On Monday, the hospital system donated several hundred pairs of new and lightly used pants, white shirts, and rain coats to Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, but they won't stay in the region. The items will be used by mission groups affiliated with the church as they do work around the globe. The volunteer assignments could range from working with schools in Africa to providing medical services in South America.
Joe Smith, CEO for UT Health East Texas, says the items couldn't be donated within the country because of their association with the former ETMC brand and the possibility that people could use them to impersonate medics.
"It speaks volumes for our crews to know that these pants are going somewhere," says Smith. "You are looking at pair of pants that's normally about $60 apiece; we'd just hate to see them not be used for a good cause."
Casie Cook, Executive Assistant of Missions at the church, says they work with 16 mission groups who will be thrilled to have access to the practical clothing.
"It's such a great way for the legacy of a local organization here to be carried globally," Cook said.
The new uniform for UT Health East Texas EMTs is gray pants and a white shirt with an orange patch.
The hospital system says the next phase of their re-branding will be changing the design of their emergency helicopter.