UTMB turned to a TV reality show for tactics to encourage innovation among its staff. Modeled after “Shark Tank,” during which budding entrepreneurs make pitches to investors such as Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, UTMB employees Thursday pitched ways to improve the institution through a program called “Innovation Challenge Tank.” Among the ideas put forth by employees to UTMB executive vice presidents included ways to encourage UTMB staff to lead healthy lifestyles, and ways to improve patient and primary care physician relationships. “It’s our way of trying to get staff ideas before people that they would never get in front of usually,” says Raul Reyes, a UTMB spokesman.