Chad Connally, RN, BSN, CEN
Nursing Program Manager, Emergency Services Administration
Chad Connally is responsible for managing UTMB’s Biocontainment Unit, which was established in 2015 as a result of the Ebola outbreak in western Africa. (UTMB has been designated as one of nine Regional Ebola Treatment Centers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.) Management of the unit includes personnel, training programs, budget compliance and grant funding. In addition, Connally manages the disaster preparedness program for the Emergency Department, including natural disasters and hazardous material incidents. Connally believes prevention is key to maintaining a healthy community; he is focused on providing effective and repeated training for health care providers so they remain safe and can care for their patients during a disaster. Described in support letters as a “silent hero,” Connally recently received UTMB President David Callender’s Way to Go Award for the compassion and caring he showed in providing a homeless Emergency Department patient with three bags of new, clean clothing. Connally is currently finishing his master’s degree in nursing and enjoys giving back to the community in his limited spare time. He has been a committee member for the Brazoria County Livestock show for 10 years, a Girl Scout leader for his daughter’s troop, and a volunteer for the Fort Bend County Museum District. Connally is a U.S. Navy veteran and has served as a firefighter with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.