Certified Nurses Day

UTMB is celebrating Certified Nurses today to honor the excellence and competency of those nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. UTMB has approximately 650, or more than half of the roughly 1,100, nurses who have been certified in their specialty.


Silent Angels

Nominations are being accepted through April 19 for the UTMB Silent Angel award that honors a licensed nurse, non-nurse, and a unit or group whose compassion, caring and advocacy made a difference in the life of a patient, family or friend. Nominations should include a description of the special contribution and the nominator’s name. For more information, contact Dora M. Kuntz at dmkuntz@utmb.edu.


Healthy living event
Spring into healthy living, sponsored by the UTMB Students Together for Service and Galveston Island’s Biggest Loser, with an event that will provide free screenings of blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, along with events such as a yoga class, healthy living raffle cooking demonstrations and games for the whole family. Join in the fun on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th Street in Galveston.


Calling all artists

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Earth Day Art Contest for UTMB Health Earth Day celebration in April. The contest, open to all, encourages UTMB staff, students, faculty and community to embrace conservation, recycling and sustainable efforts. The winning design will grace the official UTMB Health Earth Day 2013 T-shirts and poster. The deadline for entries is March 29. For complete rules, go to www.utmb.edu and view the news and information panel on the top of the page.


Stroke support group meeting

Dr. Stephen Busby, assistant professor of neurology and vascular neurology, will lead a panel of experts from nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology, at the next meeting of the UTMB Health stroke support group. The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance B, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-1833 or go to www.utmb.edu/Rehab.  


Breast cancer support group

The “Reconstruction of a survivor” breast cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, email chkellyw@utmb.edu.

Grant saves vision
The Alcon Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the UTMB department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, which staffs the St. Vincent's House eye clinic on Galveston Island as part of its community outreach. Dr. Bernard Godley, department chairman and retina specialist, said the foundation’s continued support will allow them to expand eye care services at the clinic, including cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy treatment, retina surgery, contacts/glasses and patient education.  A 2011 grant provided cataract and glaucoma surgeries to an estimated 30 patients unable to afford such care. For more than a decade UTMB eye specialists have volunteered their time to help hundreds of patients at the only free eye specialty clinic for the uninsured in Galveston County.