Impact is for and about the people who fulfill UTMB’s mission to improve health in Texas and around the world. We hope you enjoy reading this issue. Let us know what you think!

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    From the President

    May 17, 2016, 10:19 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Many of you may know that this October marks the 125th anniversary of the first meeting of the founding members of the University of Texas Medical Department at Old Red. The past few months also have included some new historic milestones for UTMB as we opened the state-of-the-art Jennie Sealy Hospital in April and held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new League City Hospital earlier this month.
  • Quality&Safety

    Information is Power: UTMB transparency initiative informs patients, improves care

    May 17, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you want to buy a new car or try a new restaurant, do you look at online reviews before making a decision? For a growing number of people, the answer is yes. But what about medical procedures?
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    UTMB President David Callender’s ‘Way to Go Award!’ winners

    May 17, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Keykoca Johnson, a patient care technician in the Mother Baby Unit, recently received the award for her quick actions and exceptional patient care, which resulted in a positive outcome for both mother and baby when a 12-day-old infant experienced respiratory difficulty and needed immediate attention.
  • Rakez Kayed, PhD, (left) does an interview with journalist Stone Phillips about cutting-edge neurodegenerative research being done at UTMB.

    A personal journey: UTMB’s neurodegenerative research attracts world-renowned journalist

    May 17, 2016, 10:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A five-person crew carrying loads of camera and lighting equipment headed up to the lab of Rakez Kayed, PhD, on the 10th floor of the Medical Research Building on UTMB’s Galveston Campus. Leading the way was well-known national reporter and correspondent, Stone Phillips.
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    Research Briefs

    May 17, 2016, 10:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    An interdisciplinary research team has made a discovery that could lead to the development of a treatment for a deadly virus spread by rodents. Thomas Geisbert, PhD, professor of Microbiology and Immunology, reports that a laboratory-engineered antibody provided complete protection against the deadly Junin virus responsible for Argentine hemorrhagic fever.
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    A day in the life of a CMC telepsychiatrist

    May 17, 2016, 10:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Pradan Nathan used to drive hundreds of miles to see psychiatric patients at TexasvDepartment of Criminal Justice prison units across the state. These days, he doesn’t drive at all. As a telepsychiatrist for UTMB Correctional Managed Care, Nathan sees up to 20 patients a day in the comfort and safety of his office in Conroe.
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    UTMB nursing graduate beats the odds: Father of four graduates with honors

    May 17, 2016, 10:07 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    It’s been a very long road for Galveston’s Hunter Cherryhomes. When he walked across stage at UTMB’s School of Nursing graduation ceremony on April 29, getting his degree was definitely the high point of a long journey.
  • SON Nurses

    New UTMB program focused on hiring SON graduates

    May 17, 2016, 10:06 AM by Stephen Hadley
    To meet the growing demand for skilled and well-trained nurses in a highly competitive job market, UTMB Health launched an initiative this year to hire new nursing graduates from UTMB’s School of Nursing.
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    Spotlight on Tom Ksiazek, director of high-containment laboratory operations, Galveston National Laboratory

    May 17, 2016, 10:03 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Thomas Ksiazek, DVM, PhD, is a world-renowned virus expert with 40 years of experience on the front lines of some of the worst outbreaks the world has ever seen. He currently serves as director of high-containment laboratory operations for the Galveston National Laboratory, as well as professor in the departments of Pathology and Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Dr. Sally Robinson (first row, center) and her colleagues wearing “Team Robinson” shirts.

    Celebrating 21,960 years of employee service

    May 17, 2016, 10:00 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It was a party atmosphere as more than 1,600 UTMB employees were celebrated for reaching important milestones in their careers during the annual Employee Service Day ceremony on April 13 at Levin Hall. Collectively, the employees represented 21,960 years of service to UTMB and its mission. Special service pins were presented in five-year increments, with 50 years being the longest tenure honored at the ceremony.
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    Second phase of John Sealy Hospital modernization underway

    May 17, 2016, 09:59 AM by Stephen Hadley
    When the second phase of the John Sealy Hospital modernization project is finished in 2020, the facade of the towers will look similar to Jennie Sealy Hospital, complete with gleaming glass running the building’s length and new brick to match the hue of the newest arrival to the Galveston campus.
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    UTMB Earth Day celebration marks 24th year, pays tribute to “the man who started it all”

    May 17, 2016, 09:58 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The courtyard outside of the Moody Medical Library was full of vendor booths, spectators, food trucks and live music as UTMB celebrated its 24th annual Earth Day celebration on April 22. Only one person was missing. Ken Steblein, UTMB’s recycling coordinator who started the annual event back in 1992, passed away on April 16 following an 18-month battle with cancer.
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    Working Wonders - May

    May 17, 2016, 09:57 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ann Varghese, director of Ambulatory Operations at the Angleton Danbury Campus, was recognized as one of the Brazosport Facts newspaper’s “Leaders Under 40.” Facts editor Yvonne Montz surprised Varghese with a plaque on April 18. Leaders were nominated by the community and were included in a special section of the newspaper on May 15.
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    7 Tips to get moving in may!

    May 17, 2016, 09:55 AM by Chad Davenport, UTMB Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
    May is national Physical Fitness and Sports Month and a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. The tips below can help people of all ages and body types not only get fit, but also reduce stress, lose weight and gain energy!
  • LCC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    The ribbon is cut!

    May 17, 2016, 09:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB President David Callender cuts the ribbon on May 3 for the new League City Campus Hospital. A crowd of local dignitaries, UTMB leaders, staff and many friends from throughout the community attended the ceremony, which also included tours of the three-story hospital.
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    From the President

    April 20, 2016, 09:32 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    By the time this issue of Impact hits newsstands, UTMB will have safely transferred 185 patients from adult medical, surgical and intensive care units in John Sealy Hospital to their new rooms in Jennie Sealy Hospital.
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    Parking Management Plan approved by UTMB leadership

    April 20, 2016, 09:30 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s executive leadership team approved changes to the university’s parking management plan for its three campuses in early March. The changes, which take effect with the start of Fiscal Year 2017 on Sept. 1, include a new web-based validation system for public parking areas on the Galveston and League City campuses, as well as increased rates for some employee, student and patient/visitor parking in Galveston.
  • WEAR

    Stay A-WEAR to promote workplace security

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Kristen Hensley
    UTMB President David Callender first announced the WEAR initiative in January, to ensure all university faculty, staff, students and contractors consistently display proper identification while on UTMB property.
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    What pushes your button?

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the Professionalism Committee student table on April 6 to talk about what unprofessional behaviors “push their button,” as well as share positive examples of professional behavior. The event led up to UTMB’s fifth biennial Professionalism Summit on April 8, titled “Managing a Respectful Intergenerational and Interprofessional Workforce.”
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    Angleton Danbury Campus open house introduces women’s health care team to the community

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Members of the Angleton Danbury community had the opportunity to tour the Peklo Women’s Pavilion on the UTMB Angleton Danbury Campus and meet its physicians and staff during an open house on March 17.
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    Spotlight on Katrina Lambrecht, Angleton Danbury Campus and Institutional Strategic Initiatives

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Since joining UTMB in 2010, Katrina Lambrecht has overseen a host of mission critical initiatives, including the university’s involvement in the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program (1115 Waiver) and the integration of the Angleton Danbury Campus with UTMB. In addition to her role as vice president of Institutional Strategic Initiatives, Lambrecht was named vice president and administrator of the Angleton Danbury Campus in January.
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    Open for Business: April 9 patient move ushers in opening of state-of-the-art Jennie Sealy Hospital

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Nearly a decade of planning, years of construction and many months of preparation, culminated with the opening of Jennie Sealy Hospital on April 9. On that day, UTMB safely moved 185 patients from John Sealy Hospital to the new 765,000-square-foot facility that includes12 floors and 252 patient rooms.
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    Research Briefs

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ramkumar Menon, PhD, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has found that higher concentrations of Bisphenol A, or BPA, the common plastics chemical and environmental pollutant, in a pregnant woman’s blood may be a contributing factor in preterm births. The UTMB study found that pregnant women with higher levels of BPA in their blood are more likely to deliver their babies early compared to women with lower levels of BPA.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB archivist

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Ever wondered what it would be like to live on the Moon?” Bobby Marlin asks, as he points to an oversized drawing from the 1950s. It was made by Dr. James Gaume, who was charged with designing the first house in outerspace—before man had even left the atmosphere.
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    From nurse to doctor: UTMB medical student finds her "match"

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Fourth-year medical student Agnes Usoro looked calm as she waited to receive the envelope that would reveal her fate for the next three to seven years.
  • Graduate student Chris Roundy checks one of the 20 mosquito traps located on Galveston Island.

    Trappings of Research: Graduate student sets up mosquito traps to help with arbovirus research

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Stephen Hadley
    It’s early morning as Chris Roundy methodically checks the small black traps in a Galveston backyard, looking intently for the tiny treasures that might help scientists researching arboviruses, including Zika and dengue fever.
  • The patient assistance team (left-right): Laura Muruato, Ashley Halbert, Amerisa Waters, James Truong and Erin Dinehart. Not pictured: Adriene Eastaway, Atul Gupta and Russell Purpura.

    Rx within reach: St. Vincent's Student Clinic helps patient access medications they need but can't afford

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A team of student volunteers at St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic in Galveston are working to make sure patients don’t have to choose between filling their prescriptions or buying food.
  • UTMB Police Canine Officer Wesley Braunsdorf and his partner, Noey.

    An officer and his canine companion: Risking life and paw to protect

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    You’ll never see one without the other. Whether tracking a fleeing crime suspect at 3 a.m. or spending a quiet night at home with family, UTMB Police Canine Officer Wesley Braunsdorf and his four-legged partner, Noey, go everywhere together.
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    Working Wonders - April

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    ebecca Castro, LCSW, was named Social Worker of the Year by the Gulf Coast Branch of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The annual award honors a member who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments. Castro has been at UTMB for more than 20 years, spending 13 years in the Emergency Department before moving to the Community Health Program.
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    Eight ways to live a greener life

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Ken Steblein, UTMB recycling coordinator
    Earth Day 2016 is April 22. Lessen your impact on the environment with these eight tips.
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    From the President

    March 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by Dr. David Callender
    On Feb. 26, we ushered in a new era for our health sciences university, with the dedication of the Jennie Sealy Hospital on the Galveston campus. The event marked a major milestone in UTMB’s 125-year history—one made possible by the hard work and determination of untold numbers of UTMB employees, students, alumni, contributors and friends over the past seven-plus years.
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    Going with the patient flow: UTMB’s Patient Placement Center

    March 21, 2016, 08:31 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The phones never stop ringing in UTMB’s Patient Placement Center. Tucked away in a small office near the Emergency Department on UTMB’s Galveston Campus, the PPC is home to 12 staff members who coordinate the admission, discharge and transfer processes for all hospital patients at the Galveston and Angleton Danbury Campuses. It’s a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week job.
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    Correctional Managed Care Awards Employees of the Year

    March 21, 2016, 08:30 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Some of UTMB’s top Correctional Managed Care employees were recognized during CMC’s 2016 Winter Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston on Jan. 28. About 500 CMC employees attended the conference, which consisted of educational breakout sessions and was directed toward multidisciplinary physicians, mid-level providers, nursing and administrative personnel.
  • DrugPortal

    Virtual drug discovery portal making a global impact

    March 21, 2016, 08:29 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A laptop and Internet access are all researchers need to be on a path to discovering possible new drug candidates to fight a vast number of diseases, including obesity, cancer, influenza, dengue fever and leishmaniasis, a tropical disease transmitted by sand flies.
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    Research Briefs

    March 21, 2016, 08:29 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Patricia Aguilar, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, has found that a recently discovered virus is able to spread to healthy neighboring cells by a mechanism previously unseen in other arthropod-borne viruses. Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) virus, a tick-borne bunyavirus discovered in China that causes severe fever and can lead to death, was first described by a team of scientists, including UTMB experts, in 2011.
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    A day in the life of UTMB's program director of Capital Projects

    March 21, 2016, 08:21 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Jake Wolf walks into the new Jennie Sealy Hospital, he can tell you the story behind every light fixture, piece of furniture and architectural detail that adorns the 765,000-square-foot building. On a Wednesday afternoon in February, I’m lucky enough to have Wolf lead me on a private tour.
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    Initiative paves way for UTMB nurses to obtain BSN degree

    March 21, 2016, 08:20 AM by Stephen Hadley
    For registered nurses, providing care to patients has become increasingly more complex over the last decade. From making critical decisions about patients who are sicker and more frail to dealing with a host of issues that require significant training in analysis and synthesis of extensive patient information, registered nurses are dealing with a rapidly evolving health care system.
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    Spotlight on Amy Lussier, Health System Operations

    March 21, 2016, 08:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Amy Lussier joined UTMB in 2013 as director of Health System Special Projects, serving as a liaison between UTMB and the construction design teams for the League City Campus, Clinical Services Wing and Jennie Sealy Hospital. She recently began her new role as associate vice president of Health System Operations, where her areas of responsibility include the League City Hospital and Perioperative and Endoscopy Services, while continuing her work in the activation of the new facilities.
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    UTMB Volunteers and Angleton Danbury Campus Auxiliary: A Work of Heart

    March 21, 2016, 08:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    More than 350 active volunteers, including those in Galveston and League City and members of the Angleton Danbury Campus Auxiliary, give their time, energy and passion to serve patients and their families at UTMB’s three campuses. Whether they’re delivering coffee and seasonal beverages to waiting areas, or providing emotional and spiritual support to patients receiving infusions, volunteers play a vital role in UTMB’s mission to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.
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    On a journey to take health care around the globe

    March 21, 2016, 07:47 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A trip to help build a hospital in India. A summer spent walking from village to village in mountainous Appalachia, providing health care to underserved populations. Those were the defining moments, years ago, when Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer found their passion for traveling and helping the less fortunate.
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    Jennie Sealy Hospital dedication celebrates UTMB’s resilience and vision

    March 21, 2016, 07:46 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Welcome to your new Jennie Sealy Hospital—an indelible sign of what vision and hope and hard work can inspire.” President David Callender’s remarks drew a standing ovation from a crowd of about 700 state and local dignitaries, UTMB employees, students, friends and volunteers who gathered in the spacious second floor concourse of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital to witness its formal dedication on Feb. 26.
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    Eight tips to save your vision

    March 21, 2016, 07:44 AM by Matthew Crookston, OD
    March is National Save Your Vision Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. While not all eye diseases can be prevented, you can take steps now to help keep your eyes healthy and reduce the chances of vision loss in the future.
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    Fine art is good medicine.

    March 21, 2016, 07:43 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Evidence shows art is an important component of a healing environment. The new Jennie Sealy Hospital features more than 1,000 pieces of art exuding a calming, coastal vibe. The art decorating the interior of the hospital comes from dozens of artists—about half of whom are from the Houston and Galveston area—and includes paintings, photographs and larger installation pieces.
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    Working Wonders - March

    March 21, 2016, 07:43 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Becker’s Hospital Review has named Cheryl Sadro, CPA, executive vice president and chief business and finance officer at UTMB, one of its “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” The annual list recognizes leaders for their management and leadership skills, as well as career accomplishments.
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    From the President

    February 18, 2016, 10:19 AM by Dr. David Callender
    These are exciting times to be a part of the UTMB family. Later this month, we’ll unveil Jennie Sealy Hospital with an employee open house, a formal dedication ceremony and community open house.
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    Solving an age-old issue: Keeping seniors healthy for longer

    February 18, 2016, 10:19 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ten thousand baby boomers will turn 65 every day through 2030, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s a sobering statistic that shows older adults are becoming the core consumers of health care. Improving geriatric nursing competence is more critical than ever before—and UTMB is committed to doing just that.
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    A day in the life of Distribution Services

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If anyone knows how much UTMB has grown over the years, it’s Eddie Long. As a senior materials handling tech, he’s worked for the university for nearly 26 years delivering materials, equipment, supplies and records to institutional departments.
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    UTMB researchers at center of Zika virus media coverage

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    CBS Evening News. National Public Radio. NBC Nightly News. The New York Times. Univision. The Washington Post. National Geographic. BBC News. KTRK-TV, Ch. 13Houston. KHOU-TV, Ch. 11 Houston. The Houston Chronicle. When it comes to emerging infectious diseases, local, national and international media outlets are turning to UTMB for accurate information
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    New Comprehensive Eye & Ear Center

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Sealy & Smith Foundation has awarded $3.87 million in funding to establish a comprehensive eye and ear center, which will allow UTMB to consolidate services at the current Eye Center at 700 University Blvd. in Galveston. Under the proposal, 8,000 square feet of the third floor will be reconfigured and renovated in order to relocate the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic and Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic.
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    New MD/PhD in aging-related research

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by Stephen Hadley
    The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging to fund a new MD/PhD program in social and behavioral sciences focused on health disparities in aging. While UTMB has had an MD/PhD combined degree program since 1983 and has educated more than 100 clinician scientists, the new grant will create a similar focus for medical students who want to also become researchers to study public health and social and behavioral sciences.
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    Spotlight on Philesha Evans, HR Corporate Administration

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Philesha Evans has worked at UTMB her entire adult life and has taken on a number of roles and projects since starting off in the Transportation Department and transferring to Human Resources in 1996. She took the time to talk to us about her first impressions of UTMB as a child and the future of UTMB, as well as her extensive shoe collection.
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    UTMB and UH–Clear Lake to Offer MD–MBA Dual Degree Program

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Medical students at UTMB seeking to gain an edge with additional management and finance skills will be able to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Houston–Clear Lake while working on their medical degree. The MD–MBA program is geared toward medical students who wish to go on to private or group practice, health system administration or into the fields of biotechnology, health system management or entrepreneurship aspects of health care.
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    UTMB influencing international standards in human resources

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB recently hosted the International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee 260 (ISO/TC 260) meeting for Human Resource Management. The meeting brought together more than 40 delegates and experts from 13 countries to develop standards involving human governance, recruitment, workforce planning and HR terminology. These standards will provide guidance to HR practitioners across the globe.
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    Jennie Sealy Hospital ceremonies to celebrate opening

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB employees and students—as well as the local community—will have their first chance to see the new Jennie Sealy Hospital up close and personal in late February. Several events will mark the completion of construction and opening of the new 765,000-square-foot hospital, which will accept its first patient on April 9.
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    New parking services will debut in coming months

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Stephen Hadley
    A multitude of parking changes aimed at improving the patient experience and enhancing parking for faculty, staff and students will take effect over the next few months to coincide with the opening of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital.
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    Weekly Relays - 2.0

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Kristen Hensley
    A recent employee survey about Weekly Relays indicated the program is meeting the goal of strengthening internal communications so that employees are better informed, understand how they fit in the UTMB mission, and have a reliable way to voice concerns and get answers to their questions. Results also pointed to some ways the program can be improved. With the one-year anniversary of Weekly Relays, the ICC and Office of Marketing and Communications will be making additional modifications in response to the survey data to make the initiative even better.
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    Research Briefs: Rakez Kayed, Bridget Hawkins, Sapna Kaul, Alex Bukreyev and Ashok Chopra

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Rakez Kayed, PhD, associate professor of Neurology, and Bridget Hawkins, PhD assistant professor of Anesthesiology, have filled an important gap in understanding the link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, UTMB researchers found a toxic form of tau protein that increases after a traumatic brain injury and may contribute to development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition experienced by many professional athletes and military personnel.
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    President's WTGA

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    President’s “Way to Go” Awards: Dr. David Callender recognized several UTMB employees for their great work during the Jan. 27 Town Hall Meeting.
  • Bridging the gap: Technology Commercialization Program funds four promising projects

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers are making invaluable discoveries. However, how do the researchers get their breakthroughs out of the laboratory and into the marketplace?
  • Healthyheart

    Take care of your hardest working muscle: your heart

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by Dr. Sendil Hari Prasad, cardiologist, UTMB Angleton Danbury Campus
    Strive for a heart-healthy weight. Use a Body Mass Index calculator to find out if you’re at a healthy weight. BMI is an indicator of the amount of body fat most people have. If you can reach and maintain a healthy weight (BMI < 25 kg/m2), not only will you have more energy, you’ll also have a reduced risk of heart disease and other cancers.
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    The sky's the limit!

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    More than 150 CMC managers got a first look at the new Jennie Sealy Hospital during the CMC Winter Conference in Galveston on Jan. 27-28. A “skylight” complete with cloud images adorns the ceiling above an intraoperative MRI in the new hospital. An iMRI is used to get real-time images of the brain during surgery and helps neurosurgeons achieve a more complete removal of some brain tumors. Managers also got a tour of Old Red and Hospital Galveston.
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    UTMB honors MLK’s memory with luncheon, awards ceremony

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Six UTMB employees were honored as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recipients at the annual luncheon in January. The award is presented annually to individuals who carry out Dr. King’s dream and have made a profound difference through dedication and service to UTMB and the greater community.
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    Working Wonders - February

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Officer Wesley Braunsdorf is UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month for February, Katrina Lambrecht is the new vice president and administrator for Angleton Danbury Campus, Steve Schuenke is named Photographer of the Year by the Bay Area Photo Club, and much more...
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    From the President

    January 20, 2016, 15:48 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Happy New Year, and welcome to the latest issue of Impact! The beginning of a new year gives us a chance to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous months and look forward to the many opportunities ahead.
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    A day in the life of Food and Nutrition Services

    January 20, 2016, 15:27 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Rebecca Carson and Katrina Lightbourn are the brightest parts of the day for many patients at UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital. They don’t provide direct patient care, but what they do as UTMB and Morrison Healthcare Food and Nutrition Services employees plays a major role in helping patients—from children to seniors—stay healthy and recover from medical procedures and illnesses.
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    Team at Angleton Danbury Campus helps patients navigate their way to good health

    January 20, 2016, 14:40 PM by
    Each day, nurses Cheryl Vining and Darlene Carroll take their mission of improving health to community centers and into patient’s homes throughout Brazoria County. As part of the Patient Navigation Team at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, the energetic duo might be attending a health fair, community event or working one-on-one with a patient who needs help in managing a chronic illness.
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    Transforming the Safety Net

    January 20, 2016, 14:34 PM by
    UTMB partnered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to share 1115 Waiver progress at a national forum sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 6–9.
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    Spotlight on Sheila Lidstone, Chief of Staff

    January 20, 2016, 14:27 PM by
    Sheila Lidstone serves as chief of staff to UTMB President David L. Callender. A fifth-generation BOI, she graduated from Ball High School and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Houston—the first in her family to complete college.
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    Not quite according to plan

    January 20, 2016, 14:10 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “The best laid plans often go astray.” Erin Lindsey would know. As a midwife at UTMB, she’s seen carefully thought-out birth plans turn into emergency cesarean sections and “Plan Bs,” but she never expected that to happen during her own pregnancy.
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    New Year, healthier you

    January 19, 2016, 16:37 PM by Gerald Cleveland
    Consider these 10 strategies to help you get 2016 off to a healthy start including tips for mental and physical health for the new year.
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    A Pretty RAD Class

    January 19, 2016, 15:55 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This 12-hour basic self-defense class is designed for women and provides personal safety education through a blend of threat-avoidance strategies and real-world assault-resistance tactics.
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    VetsRG receives ERG Leadership Excellence Award

    January 19, 2016, 15:50 PM by
    The National Diversity Council recently recognized UTMB’s Veterans Resource Group (VetsRG) as one of the top Employee Resource Groups in Texas.
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    Online toolkit promotes diversity & inclusion

    January 19, 2016, 15:44 PM by
    UTMB’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently launched the Strategic Diversity and Compliance Toolkit, a Web-based library of resources designed to provide UTMB employees with support tools and strategies for addressing workforce diversity and inclusion.
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    The Sealy & Smith Foundation contributes $1 million to honor Dr. Courtney M. Townsend Jr.

    January 19, 2016, 15:20 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    The Sealy & Smith Foundation recently contributed $1 million to establish an endowed chair in honor of Dr. Courtney M. Townsend Jr.
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    The Road Ahead for 2016-2018

    January 19, 2016, 15:14 PM by
    UTMB’s institutional vision, The Road Ahead, has been updated for 2016–2018. It outlines UTMB’s goals and strategies among four essential, strategic priorities: People, Value, Strategic Management and Growth, Resources.
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    What pushes your button?

    January 19, 2016, 15:09 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    We all have our own unique emotional triggers. Maybe it’s lack of punctuality, sarcasm or inappropriate language that pushes your buttons. But how do you deal with those situations when they arise? Do you let anger take over and derail the rest of the day?
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    SHP students make holidays bright for one patient

    January 19, 2016, 14:55 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Just before the holidays, members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association in the School of Health Professions helped make the season a little brighter for one of their St. Vincent’s House Clinic clients.
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    January 19, 2016, 14:50 PM by Donna Ramirez and Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Jeff Temple, PhD, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has found that teens who are involved in dating abuse—as either the perpetrator or the victim—are more likely to also be involved in cyberdating abuse.
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    Lussier promoted to associate vice president of Health Systems Operations

    January 19, 2016, 14:41 PM by
    Amy Lussier was recently promoted to associate vice president, Health Systems Operations. Lussier’s responsibilities will include the League City Hospital and Perioperative and Endoscopy Services.
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    Escobar elected as officer in American College of Health Care

    January 19, 2016, 14:39 PM by
    Carlos Escobar, associate vice president of Business Operations and Facilities, was recently elected to be an officer for the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executive’s Board of Directors.
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    Dr. Brown named to nominating committee for American Academy of Pediatrics

    January 19, 2016, 14:36 PM by
    Dr. Oscar “Skip” Brown, associate professor of Pediatrics and vice chair for Clinical Affairs, was recently elected to the District VII National Nominating Committee (comprising Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas) for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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    Das appointed to Consortium of Universities for Global Health

    January 19, 2016, 14:33 PM by
    Anuka Das, a medical school student enrolled in Global Health track courses, has been appointed to a two-year term to the trainee advisory committee for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
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    Elliott named president-elect of Texas Academy of Family Physicians

    January 19, 2016, 14:31 PM by
    Dr. Tricia Elliott is president-elect of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Elliott, an associate professor, is the director of UTMB’s Family Medicine residency program.
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    Hawkins receives Alzheimer's disease research grant

    January 19, 2016, 14:18 PM by
    Bridget Hawkins, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, received an Alzheimer’s disease research grant totaling $150,000 from the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease to test an intranasal spray’s effects on injured nerve cells.
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    New recognition for Old Red

    January 19, 2016, 13:54 PM by
    Old Red and the Open Gates Carriage House on Broadway, two UTMB properties designed by Nicholas Clayton, were designated Galveston Landmarks as part of a city program to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Nicholas Clayton’s birthday.
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    Spotlight on Mike Shriner, Business Operations & Facilities

    December 15, 2015, 09:27 AM by
    Mike Shriner joined UTMB in 1993 and is the vice president of Business Operations and Facilities. In his role, he oversees more than 400 employees working in various support areas, including Property Services, Design and Construction Services, Supply Chain, Campus Planning, Real Estate, Utilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Institutional Emergency Preparedness and Auxiliary Services.
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    A day in the life of a research lab assistant director

    December 11, 2015, 10:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Patricia Valdes isn’t grossed out by ticks—you know, those tiny bugs that burrow in your skin and suck your blood. She’s interested in them and fascinated by the microorganisms they transmit. As the assistant director of the Walker Research Lab at UTMB, she’s dedicated the last 25 years to learning more about the biology of the pathogens that ticks carry.
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    Spotlight on Betsy Clardy, Chief Development Officer

    November 15, 2015, 14:22 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Betsy Clardy joined UTMB as vice president and chief development officer in 2008. In her role, she has led development efforts to secure philanthropic funding to support UTMB’s priority research, education and patient care initiatives. This includes the largest campaign in UTMB’s 125-year history, “Working Wonders—The Campaign for UTMB Health.”
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    Dr. Beach wins Houston’s Heroes Award

    November 2, 2015, 14:50 PM by Kirsti Clifford
    Dr. Robert Beach, professor emeritus in UTMB’s Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, and faculty advisor for St. Vincent’s Hope Clinic in Galveston, received the 2015 Houston’s Heroes Award at the ministry’s annual St. Vincent’s Day celebration on Sept. 26.
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    Dr. Andrea M. Glaser joined UTMB as the director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

    October 28, 2015, 17:17 PM by Kirsti Clifford
    Dr. Andrea M. Glaser joined UTMB as the director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics in July. She received her medical degree from the UT Health Science Center at Houston and completed her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Gastroenterology fellowship there as well.
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    UTMB Officers helped recover stolen family heirlooms

    October 28, 2015, 16:13 PM by Kirsti Clifford
    UTMB Officers Daniel Bowen and Duran Martinez recently helped recover stolen family heirlooms during a routine traffic stop.
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    Taking Town Hall on the road

    October 28, 2015, 09:31 AM by Mary Ann Hellinghausen
    A new concept for UTMB in which leaders head out “on the road” to meet employees where they are, launched Sept. 2 at the CMC Summer Conference in Houston. UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender presented his first Town Hall “On the Road’’ during a meeting of roughly 500 UTMB Correctional Managed Care (CMC) leaders.
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    A day in the life of a senior pharmacy tech

    October 16, 2015, 11:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Shawn Carr never imagined she would be responsible for operating a giant medication-dispensing robot when she started as a pharmacy tech at UTMB 25 years ago. Located on the seventh floor of the new Clinical Services Wing, Carr and her colleagues at UTMB’s Central Pharmacy are responsible for dispensing and delivering about 6,000 doses of medications each day for hospital patients on UTMB’s Galveston Campus.
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    Spotlight on Celia Bailey-Ochoa, Budget and Analysis

    October 15, 2015, 14:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As vice president of Budget and Analysis, Celia Bailey-Ochoa assumes responsibility for UTMB’s overall budget process. She plays a vital role in ensuring coordination of budget and planning efforts across UTMB’s Health System, Academic Enterprise and Institutional Support departments, as well as coordinating UTMB’s legislative appropriations requests.
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    A day in the life of a nurse practitioner at a Regional Maternal and Child Health clinic

    September 16, 2015, 13:40 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It’s not even 8:30 a.m. and Kirsten Emanuel, a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health and OB-GYN at the Regional Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Conroe, is already on her fourth patient of the day. At 26 years old, she is the youngest NP in the building and radiates energy and enthusiasm when she talks about her job, which she’s held for the past year and a half.
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    Spotlight on Ann Varghese, Angleton Danbury Campus

    September 15, 2015, 14:34 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ann Varghese, director of Ambulatory Operations at UTMB Health’s Angleton Danbury Campus, joined the Angleton Danbury Medical Center in 2004 and held a variety of positions, including director of Managed Care and Rehab Services and assistant administrator. In August 2014, she made the transition to UTMB employment as the associate administrator for the ADC.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB photographer

    August 18, 2015, 09:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Coffee, lots and lots of coffee. That’s pretty much the only constant in Mark Kinonen’s work day as a photographer at UTMB. So it only makes sense that I find him – surprise! – drinking industrial-strength coffee in his office on a Friday morning, charging camera batteries for a shoot later that day and jamming out to an eclectic mix of music (think Miles Davis/The Black Keys/Bryan Adams) as he answers emails and gets his creative juices flowing.
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    Spotlight on James LeDuc, Ph.D., director of the Galveston National Laboratory

    August 15, 2015, 14:39 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    James LeDuc, Ph.D., is the director of the Galveston National Laboratory, one of the largest active biocontainment facilities on a U.S. academic campus. LeDuc joined UTMB in late 2006 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he was the influenza coordinator and director of the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases. With more than four decades of experience working in the fields of biodefense and public health, LeDuc’s work has taken him around the world.
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    A day in the life of a nurse manager at the TDCJ Hospital in Galveston

    July 17, 2015, 09:45 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Organized chaos.” That’s how nurse manager Bryan Hicks describes most days at the TDCJ Hospital in Galveston. And when I join him shortly after 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, I quickly understand why.The hospital, which is commonly referred to as “HG” or Hospital Galveston, sees between 200 and 300 patients a day. And by patients, I mean offenders that have been brought in by bus, ambulance and van from prison units all over the state.
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    Spotlight on Deb McGrew, chief operating officer, Health System

    July 15, 2015, 14:42 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Deb McGrew has been at UTMB since 2013 and serves as vice president and chief operating officer of the UTMB Health System. She is responsible for leading, planning and integrating numerous aspects of the Health System, including its hospitals, clinics and ancillary services, as well as Correctional Managed Care.
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    Spotlight on Jeremy Brynes, Health System Business Development

    June 15, 2015, 14:47 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Jeremy Brynes joined UTMB as associate vice president for Health System Business Development in July 2014. Prior to that, Brynes served as the assistant administrator and director of business development for Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, where he oversaw a number of health service lines and was involved in the strategic planning process. Under his leadership, patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction rates increased above the 90th percentile.
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    A day in the life of a patient services specialist

    June 2, 2015, 10:00 AM by Mary Ann Hellinghausen
    If you or a family member have ever been a UTMB patient, it’s likely you have interacted with a patient services specialist, or PSS as they call themselves. And if you have been to the Orthopaedic Clinic at the Specialty Care Center in League City, you may have been greeted by a smiling Rosana Gomez.
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    A day in the life of a NICU nurse

    May 19, 2015, 10:30 AM by India Ogazi
    They’re the smallest and most fragile patients at UTMB’s Galveston campus, and Registered Nurse Norma Salinas has the privilege of providing their care. Some people find their calling, but as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Salinas’ calling found her.
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    Spotlight on Dr. Owen Murray, Correctional Managed Care

    May 15, 2015, 14:53 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As the vice president for offender health services and the chief physician executive for UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care (CMC) program, Dr. Owen Murray oversees the medical, mental health and dental services for more than 120,000 offenders within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)—that’s 80 percent of the state’s inmate population.
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    Spotlight on Kathryn Cunningham, Ph.D., Center for Addiction Research

    May 15, 2015, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Kathryn A. Cunningham, Ph.D., serves as the Chauncey D. Leake Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, the director of the UTMB Center for Addiction Research, and the vice chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Cunningham is known as a mentor and a world leader in cutting-edge research in neuropsychopharmacology. She has pioneered the investigation of complex interactions among behavior, neurobiology and drug abuse.
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    Spotlight on David Niesel, vice president and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    April 21, 2015, 14:56 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    David W. Niesel, Ph.D., has been at UTMB since 1983 and was appointed dean of UTMB’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in March 2014. As the outgoing and passionate chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology for 10 years, he saw the department rise to a top 5 ranking in NIH funding among microbiology and immunology departments nationally.
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    A day in the life of an IS Support Specialist

    April 21, 2015, 12:33 PM by India Ogazi
    If you haven’t used one recently, you probably soon will. They’re information support specialists, better known as IS (formerly known as IT). They’re the people you’re happy to see coming when you’re computer is on the fritz. Without them UTMB would probably come to a screeching halt, but computers aren’t their only responsibility.
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    Spotlight on Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for Health Policy & Legislative Affairs

    April 6, 2015, 15:00 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Ben Raimer isn’t new to UTMB – in fact, he’s worn numerous academic and administrative hats in Galveston over the past four decades. As a tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Raimer was most recently appointed as senior vice president for the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs in 2008.
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    A day in the life of a social worker

    March 23, 2015, 08:48 AM by India Ogazi
    When you hear the word social worker what comes to mind? Do you envision a government employee who makes visits to people’s homes who are in crisis? Do you think of a person who has someone’s child placed in child protective services?
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    Spotlight on Dr. Selwyn Rogers, vice president and chief medical officer

    March 15, 2015, 15:04 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Selwyn O. Rogers, surgeon and public health expert, joined UTMB as vice president and chief medical officer in December 2014. He also serves as assistant dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine. Rogers provides leadership for the quality, safety, service, efficiency and outcomes of UTMB’s clinical services.
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    A day in the life of a trash technician

    February 24, 2015, 09:19 AM by India Ogazi
    If you work in the Rebecca Sealy Building on the UTMB Galveston campus, then you’re probably familiar with Jarvis Givens. He’s the eight-story building’s sole trash technician and on any given day, you can see him in his bright red shirt, hustling and bustling through the hallways as he greets everyone with a “Hello, how are you doing?” and a chuckle.
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    A day in the life of an ER Nurse

    January 26, 2015, 14:40 PM by India Ogazi
    When most people think of an emergency room, they probably picture ambulances with blaring sirens rushing up to the ER carrying patients with bloody bodies. They may envision a man clutching his chest from heart attack pain, as he’s rushed through the halls on a stretcher.
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    A day in the life of a midwife

    October 6, 2014, 14:56 PM by India Ogazi
    When my manager first suggested I write an “A day in the life of” story about a midwife, I thought “OK.” Then I thought, wait a minute, am I going to witness a live birth with a moaning mother who’s refused medication? I imagined her lying in a kiddie pool with a midwife rubbing her back, wind chimes blowing through the wind and yoga music playing in the background.
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    A day in the life of a Correctional Managed Care physician

    September 15, 2014, 15:07 PM by India Ogazi
    We’ve all seen horror stories of prison life through overly dramatic films and television shows. But what is life really like in prison? Our fellow UTMB correctional managed care employees, who work within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, have an idea.
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    A day in the life of a Media Relations Director

    August 18, 2014, 15:17 PM by India Ogazi
    With the massive media coverage UTMB has received of late, I decided to sit down with Media Relations Director Raul Reyes for a glimpse into his work life. From the Ebola outbreak to chikungunya to our researchers’ recent fat-burning discovery, UTMB has been making major news and Reyes and his team have been working hard, behind the scenes, to make it all come together.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB police officer

    July 16, 2014, 15:28 PM by India Ogazi
    “Safety first. Buckle your seat belt,” said Officer Curtis Dorsey as I climb into his police car. Dorsey just celebrated 10 years with the UTMB Police Department this past June, and today I’m joining him for a ride-along and a sneak peek into his work life.

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