Dr. Adiel Alvarado graduated from Kermit High School in 1997 and had an opportunity to attend Midland College (MC) on the Fasken Foundation Scholarship, which awards tuition to graduating high school students who are in the top 10 percent of their class. Alvarado said he knew he wanted to attend college, but he had no idea what his major would be.
“When I visited the MC campus for the first time, I immediately liked the environment and was sure that I wanted to go to college there. I had always thought I might like to be a school teacher/coach, but my mother told me I should pursue healthcare,” said Alvarado. “So, I began working on my basics and applied to the respiratory care program at Midland College.”
The choice to enter into respiratory care has proven to be very rewarding for the 34-year-old hospital administrator, who now has a doctorate degree in healthcare administration.
For the past nine years, Alvarado was employed at Martin County Hospital in Stanton as Chief Information Operations Officer. He oversaw all of the hospital’s ancillary departments as well as the information technology infrastructure. Recently, Alvarado and Martin County Hospital received the IT Award of Excellence by the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. Martin County’s new hospital has Alvarado to thank for much of its state-of-the-art information technology.
Alvarado explained, “When the new hospital building was being planned, I was able to work with the architects and contractors in order to develop the most up-to-date technology infrastructure with the goal of building data redundancy and cost effectiveness. While I’ve never had any formal training in information technology, I have always been interested in electronics and machinery. I guess that’s why I enjoy respiratory therapy—it combines human skills with technology.”
On Friday, November 22, 2013, Alvarado left his position at Martin County Hospital, and on Monday, November 25, he began his new responsibilities as Director of Operations for Medical Center Hospital Pro Care. This isn’t the first time Alvarado has been at Medical Center in Odessa—he began working there in 1999 while he was still attending MC and was employed as a respiratory therapist until 2004.
During the time that he was previously at Medical Center, Alvarado continued his education, graduating in 2000 from MC with an Associate degree in respiratory care and then in 2004 from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a baccalaureate degree in kinesiology. However, he didn’t stop his education there. In 2007, he received a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of Phoenix, and just this past May, he received his Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.
Alvarado said, “The discipline that I learned at Midland College in the respiratory care program helped me to continue my education. While I was working on my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees, I was also working fulltime and had a family. It was during those early days at Midland College that I learned how to study and received a great educational foundation.”
Also while at Midland College, Alvarado began dating a fellow Kermit High School graduate Robin Trammel. The two married in June of 2000 and today have three children—two boys, ages 10 and 7, and a girl who is 3 years old.
Robin is also a graduate of MC. She received an Associate degree in nursing in 2000, and like Adiel, continued her education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Both Adiel and Robin are first generation-to-college graduates. They hope that they have set a culture of pursuing higher education for their children.
Robin works at Martin County Hospital as a nurse practitioner. She oversees the hospital’s rural health clinic and serves as a hospitalist. Her prior jobs included various responsibilities as a women’s health nurse and most recently as a hospitalist at Midland Memorial Hospital. In their spare time Robin and Adiel enjoy playing golf and spending time with their family.
“All of my degrees have been worthwhile,” said Dr. Alvarado. “It’s because of my education that I’ve managed to advance my career to where I am today. It all started at Midland College, and I wouldn’t have done it any differently.”