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November 2019

Over the past several years, UTMB has quickly transformed into a four-campus system with partnerships with clinicians in the communities we serve. Because of the far reach and expanse of our organization today, it is important we assure optimal access to care for our patients and that our referral teams assure patients receive coordinated services. In response to this demand, UTMB now has its own centralized referral department...

November 2019 | Contents

  • Centralized referral management at UTMB
  • The voice of the patient: November
  • UTMB launches online primary care self-scheduling option for new patients
  • Caregiver Time Out Sessions: December
  • Patient Safety and the pharmacist
  • Campus Holiday Celebrations
  • Shout Outs!

Previous Issues


November 2019

  • Centralized referral management at UTMB
  • The voice of the patient: November
  • UTMB launches online primary care self-scheduling option for new patients
  • Caregiver Time Out Sessions: December
  • Patient Safety and the pharmacist
  • Campus Holiday Celebrations
  • Shout Outs!

October 2019

  • “You’re in good hands at UTMB Health”
  • The voice of the patient
  • Viruses or bacteria: What’s got you sick?
  • Five ways hospital pharmacists can be antibiotics aware
  • New patient risk and feedback reporting system coming soon
  • State employee charitable campaign Oct. 24 - Nov. 27, 2019
  • Caregiver time out sessions
  • Open house: the care closet
  • Shout Outs!

September 2019

  • The headwinds of health care transformation
  • Focused on clinical documentation integrity
  • Focused on malnutrition and its impact on hospitalized patients
  • Flu Season: Cover your mouth, sanitize your hands and hide your children!
  • Best Care 2019 results
  • Free educational sessions for caregivers and families
  • Please donate: The Care Closet
  • Shout Outs!


August 2019

  • Focused on five years of service in Angleton Danbury
  • Employee Access 2-Care
  • Focused on high value care
  • Free educational sessions for caregivers and families
  • Focused on excellence at Clear Lake Campus
  • Shout Outs!

July 2019

  • Connecting patients to primary care in the urgent care setting
  • Promoting community and population health
  • Best Care in Action
  • SharePoint: Get trained!
  • Creating a Culture of Safety: Standardizing hand-offs
  • Caregiver Timeouts: Free education sessions for caregivers and families
  • Flu vaccine poster contest
  • Always Award
  • Shout Outs!


June 2019

  • Advance Directives and Estate Planning: Lunch & learn
  • UTMB Offers Stop the Bleed Training
  • AHRQ Patient Safety Culture Survey Results: Informational Sessions
  • The Joint Commission Updates: Upcoming Extension Survey and Suicide Risk Screening and Assessment
  • Best Care in Action
  • Shout Outs!
  • Caregiver Time Out Sessions: July Schedule

May 2019

  • Best Care in Action
  • Coming Soon: The Care Closet
  • Upcoming lecture: Leading Breakthrough Change, The Messiness and Reward
  • Caregiver Timeout Sessions: June
  • Explore Your Creativity at Makerhealth Space Workshop Wednesdays
  • Shout Outs!

April 2019

  • Auxiliary of Angleton Danbury Celebrates Golden Anniversary
  • UTMB Volunteers: An Essential Piece of our Team
  • Best Care: 2019 Study Progress Update
  • Save the Date: UTMB Celebrates Nurses and Health System Week May 6-12
  • Caregiver Time Out Schedule: May
  • CMC Recognizes Excellence in TDCJ Hospital Galveston
  • Shout Outs!

March 2019

  • Celebrating the Clear Lake Campus
  • Imaging Decision Support: Epic Go-Live April 1
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Improving Quality of Life for Patients
  • Recognizing Population Health Achievements
  • Caregiver Time Out Sessions: April
  • New! Health Resource Center Now Open at League City Campus
  • Shout Outs!

February 2019

  • Turning the tide on diabetes: UTMB’s Diabetes Prevention Program Receives Full Recognition from CDC
  • MOMents: UTMB launches perinatal depression support program
  • Inpatient Culture of Safety Survey launches February 22
  • Caregiver Time Out Sessions: March
  • John Sealy Modernization: Overview & Update
  • Provide feedback on League City Hospital South Tower patient room design
  • Pediatrics, Island East Clinic recognized for DSRIP program achievement
  • Shout Outs!

January 2019

  • Investing in Best Care: UTMB purchases new critical care beds to enhance patient safety
  • Best Care is alive and well: Lunch & Learn series continues
  • Clear Lake Campus scheduled to open March 30
  • Caregiver Timeouts: February
  • Raising heart disease awareness
  • UTMB Internal Medicine clinics recognized as NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homes
  • Always Award
  • Shout Outs!

November 2018

  • Planning the UTMB Health Clear Lake Campus
  • The role of pharmacists in quality health care
  • UTMB recognized at national conference for High Value Practicing Organization initiative
  • UTMB offers non-invasive treatment for prostate cancer
  • Caregiver Timeouts: December
  • Always Award
  • Shout Outs!

October 2018

  • UTMB opens new Heart Center
  • Clinical Data Management and Coding teams complete CDI Didactic Training Course
  • UTMB to pilot autonomous robot assistant
  • 2018 State Employee Charitable Campaign
  • Getting to know Jason Botkin, director of Environmental Services
  • Caregiver “Time Out” Sessions: November
  • UTMB celebrates comprehensive stroke designation
  • Shout Outs!

September 2018

  • What does it mean to be an accountable care organization?
  • Online scheduling for mammograms now available    
  • UTMB shines at Good Samaritan Foundation’s Excellence in Nursing Awards
  • Flu season has arrived!
  • 2018 President’s Cabinet Award Winners  
  • UTMB's commitment to a Culture of Safety
  • Caregiver “Time Out” Sessions: October           
  • A look inside the new UTMB Health Surgery and Cancer Clinics     
  • Shout Outs!  


August 2018

  • MD Anderson Collaboration Update
  • Kudos to UTMB Food Services
  • Joint Commission Preparedness: Low-Hanging Fruit
  • Urgent Care, Texas City: Expanded Hours
  • Making Progress: John Sealy Hospital Façade Replacement Project
  • Caregiver “Time Out” Sessions: September
  • Shout Outs!
  • You’ve Been Spotted! Celebrating You Count Survey

July 2018

  • Above & Beyond: Silent Angels
  • Girl Scouts visit League City Hospital Emergency Department
  • UTMB receives prestigious Baby-Friendly Award
  • Always Award
  • Caregiver “Time Out” Sessions: August
  • Shout Outs!

June 2018

  • MakerHealth Space hosted the first Mini Maker Faire in a Texas hospital
  • UTMB makes great strides toward becoming a High Value Practicing Organization
  • UTMB’s Emergency Department supports Santa Fe Strong
  • Coming Soon: Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) System
  • Update: Juvo Patient Experience and Event Reporting
  • July Health Resource Center Caregiver "Time Out" Sessions
  • Need to request a Process Improvement project?
  • David Marshall named a 2018 American Academy of Nursing Fellow
  • Shout Outs!

May 2018

  • New support group helps UTMB patients with chronic lung diseases learn more and breathe better
  • Registration now open for new Patient Event and Experience Reporting System event manager training
  • UTMB receives comprehensive stroke center designation
  • UTMB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit attains top designation
  • UTMB’s Vascular Lab named Outstanding Clinical Rotation Site by area training programs
  • Welcome Steven Scott, Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Health System
  • Robert Hastedt named 2018 Leone Award Winner
  • Pediatric Primary Care, Galveston Island West receives donation from local students
  • Great Catch!
  • Health Resource Center Caregiver “Time Out” Sessions June Schedule
  • Shout Outs
  • Spotted at UTMB: photos from around campus

April 2018

  • Sealy & Smith Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment and Research improves safety and promotes lifelong learning
  • Reminder: Epic Radiant Training for Radiology begins in May; Epic Upgrade Open House events in League City and Angleton Danbury
  • UTMB volunteers promote compassionate care environment  
  • UTMB Laboratory Services celebrates Laboratory Medical Professionals Week
  • Health Resource Center Caregiver “Time Out” Sessions – May Schedule
  • UTMB Nurses and Health System Week: Schedule of Events
  • New patient event and experience reporting system goes live June 21  
  • UTMB scores another “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for safety and quality
  • Courier Services and Environmental Services receive quarterly Always Awards
  • Shout Outs

March 2018

  • Introducing Radiant, Epic’s Radiology Information SystemEpic 2017 Upgrade Open House – April 16-20, 2018
  • Epic 2017 Upgrade Open House – April 16-20, 2018
  • Don’t get “STUCK!” Prevent bloodborne pathogen exposures
  • Health Care Innovation Lecture Series
  • UTMB Breast Health and Imaging Center Approved by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • Improving the patient experience: Saying hello is important!
  • Your Questions Answered: MD Anderson Cancer Center Collaboration
  • New! Healthfinch decision support for medication refills
  • Health Resource Center Caregiver “Time-Out” Sessions
  • Shout Outs!

February 2018

  • Best Care: Promoting quality and safety and creating high value for our patients
  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Do no harm: Patient event reporting critical in improving patient safety
  • Mondays in March
  • New! Health Care Innovation Lecture Series
  • Tough and Tiny Pediatric Weight Loss Clinic
  • Jennie Sealy Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit achieves one year CAUTI-free
  • Shout Outs!

January 2018

  • UTMB physicians and scientists join together in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Access 2-Care Program offered as a benefit to UTMB employees
  • The Joint Commission is coming!
  • New Patient Experience and Event Reporting System coming this spring
  • Great Catch! Staff recognized for outstanding patient care and safety
  • Always Award
  • Health Resource Center "Time Out" Sessions February Schedule
  • Shout Outs!
December 2017
  • Texas City and RMCHP Dickinson clinics reopen to patients
  • UTMB pharmacists play a key role in providing quality patient care
  • Choosing Wisely: Five things physicians and patients should question about prescribing antibiotics
  • UTMB’s Health Resource Center joins Community Partner Program
  • “Time Out” Session for Caregivers and Families: January Schedule
  • Be flu free!
  • Shout Outs!
  • ‘Tis the season! Holiday photos from around UTMB

November 2017

  • Raising COPD Awareness
  • Internal Medicine uses patient focus groups to improve patient care
  • UTMB Launches Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • A look into the world of dialysis
  • Health Resource Center Time-Out Sessions December Schedule
  • Welcome Jan Botts, associate vice president of Quality, Safety & Performance Improvement
  • UTMB Health System Named 2017 Top Workplaces by Houston Chronicle
  • Shout Outs!
  • Parting Shots

October 2017

  • 2017 President’s Cabinet funds UTMB Health projects
  • 1-800-FACULTY provides direct referral access to internal providers
  • UTMB re-certified as Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission
  • UTMB receives Donate Life Champion Award
  • Health Resource Center offers education series for caregivers
  • Spotlight on: Odette Comeau, AACN Circle of Excellence Award Recipient
  • Shout Outs!
  • UTMB celebrates Best Care achievement

September 2017

  • UTMB recognized as 5-star academic health center
  • UTMB again achieves Magnet recognition
  • UTMB promotes Joint Commission Awareness – October 17-24
  • Adult urgent care services now available in Galveston
  • Looking ahead: goals of the Health System in 2018
  • Avoid the flu with just one shot: flu season begins Oct. 1
  • Shout Outs!
  • Hurricane Harvey parting shots


August 2017

  • John Sealy Hospital modernization forges ahead
  • Annual Nursing Conference taking nominations for the RN Spirituality Awards!
  • UTMB earns TJC Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in COPD
  • David Marshall appointed to the Commission on Magnet Recognition Program
  • September is Suicide Awareness Month
  • UTMB Cardiology performs first TAVR case
  • It’s a solar-bration!
  • Recent DAISY Award recipients & Shout Outs!

July 2017

  • Adding Value to Best Care: Why becoming a high-value practicing organization matters
  • Texas City Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy clinic relocation
  • Medical student brings No One Dies Alone program to UTMB
  • UTMB Health among the “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems
  • AHRQ Culture of Safety Survey: Your input is valuable!
  • Eliminate tobacco use: an initiative of the University of Texas System
  • Sneak Peek: Renovating R. Waverly Smith Pavilion
  • Congratulations Always Award Winners!
  • Shout Outs!

June 2017

  • Teaching healthy culinary skills at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Big plans for UTMB’s League City Campus
  • Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Program concludes Session 11
  • UTMB re-certified as a Level-I Trauma Center
  • 2017 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals
  • Shout Outs!

May 2017

  • Galveston Correctional Managed Care employees recognized for excellence
  • UTMB resuscitation and stroke programs recognized by American Heart Association
  • UTMB hosts meet and greet for MDACC employees
  • Rebecca Clayton recognized during National Nurses Week
  • UTMB Nursing nominated for Lone Star Award
  • Nina Razo voted "Number One Nurse" in The Facts Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Best Care in Action
  • UTMB researchers working to stem the tide of opioid misuse
  • Shout Outs!
  • You’ve been spotted! Photos from around UTMB

April 2017

  • UTMB's Biocontainment Unit Prepares for Expansion
  • UTMB Women’s HealthCare Clinic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Moving on Up! UTMB Receives Mid-Year Best Care Results
  • Best Care in Action
  • A Mindful Moment with Holly Merriman
  • 2017 Nurses and Health System Week Schedule of Events
  • John Sealy Modernization Room Mock-Up Sessions
  • UTMB Volunteers Celebrate National Volunteer Week
  • Always Award
  • Shout Outs!

March 2017

  • How Many Degrees Are You Away From Best Care and Experience of Our Patients?
  • UTMB Women’s Healthcare Clinic Opens April 3
  • Patient Services and Patient Navigation at UTMB
  • “Always Clean” is Everyone’s Responsibility
  • Access Snapshot: By the Numbers  
  • Shout Outs!

February 2017

  • 2017 UTMB Pain Conference
  • CMC Winter Conference
  • Kidney Transplant Team Grows Program
  • Best Care: I am Best Care, Epic EMR Optimizations, Best Care Lunch & Learn Wrap Up  
  • The Road Ahead for the Clinical Enterprise
  • Krewe of Momus Spreads Mardi Gras Cheer
  • Shout Outs!

January 2017

  • DAISY Award Winners Exemplify Best Care for Patients
  • UTMB Health Resource Center Offers Caregiver Support Sessions
  • Special Deliveries from “Helping Others” Help Patients in Need
  • Best Care: Quarter 1 and Mortality Performance
  • Best Care Lunch & Learn Series
  • Shout Outs!

December 2016

  • Author’s gift brightens the holidays
  • For your information: Improving patient access
  • Save the date: Best Care Lunch & Learn Series
  • MakerHealth Space transforms into Santa’s Workshop
  • Health System leadership updates
  • Shout Outs!
  • ‘Tis the Season: Holiday photos from around UTMB

November 2016

  • Patient Advisors Provide Insight into Patient Care
  • New Epic Workflow Could Positively Impact Reimbursement in a Big Way            
  • UTMB’s MakerHealth Space Hosts Weekly Orientations
  • Congrats, 2015-2016 Physician Leadership Academy Grads!         
  • Recognizing World COPD Day    
  • Donna Sollenberger recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, Top 135 CEOs
  • Happy Holidays from the Diversity Council
  • Shout Outs! 

October 2016

  • Best Care in Action
  • The Growing Problem of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Four Generations in Healthcare
  • Food and Nutrition Services Recognizes Nursing Unit
  • UTMB Co-Hosts Good Samaritan Foundation Conference
  • Shout Outs!

September 2016

  • UTMB Health: A Texas Essential Hospital Striving to Achieve Best Care
  • What Does Best Care Mean to You?
  • Construction Update
  • 100% Hand Hygiene Integral to Best Care at UTMB Health
  • Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Certification
  • The Ease of Online Scheduling at UTMB
  • Opening Soon! Texas City and Webster Open New Clinics October 3
  • Spotlight On: Leslye Mlcak
  • Avoid the Flu with Just One Shot
  • Shout Outs!


August 2016

  • How Do We Demonstrate We Deliver the Best Care
  • UTMB’s DSRIP Care Transition Program a Highlight at Statewide Learning Collaborative
  • UTMB Access Center Celebrates Team USA
  • The Joint Commission is Coming!
  • Diversity Council: Breastfeeding Awareness Month
  • Best Care: September is Sepsis Awareness Month
  • Ready, Steady Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016
  • Shout Outs!

July 2016

  • Clinical Ethics Consultations Help Patients, Families and Care Teams Make the Tough Decisions
  • Progression of Care Rounds Promote Interdisciplinary Communication & Best Practices
  • Best Care: Snapshot
  • UTMB Blood Bank Reaccredited by AABB & CAP
  • New Outpatient Pharmacy at LCC
  • Diversity Council: Patient Empowerment
  • Campus Carry in Effect August 1
  • You Are Here. Get to Know your Campus
  • Dept. of Pediatrics School Supply Drive
  • UTMB Health Resource Center
  • UTMB Patients Call the Shots with Open Scheduling
  • Shout Outs & Always Award Winners

June 2016

  • UTMB Launches Best Care Initiative
  • Best Care: Understanding and Improving Mortality
  • Getting to Know Your LGBTQ Patient
  • Joint Commission Surveys Expected!
  • Welcome Aboard!
  • Shout Outs!

May 2016

  • Promoting Quality & Safety Through Care, Innovation and Advocacy
  • National Asthma And Allergy Awareness Month: The Importance of Pharmacist’s Role
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Owen Murray Awards for Nursing and Administrative Excellence
  • UTMB Health League City Hospital Opens June 4
  • Stroke Program Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Bronze Quality Achievement Award
  • UTMB Nursing Awarded $5,000 to Reimburse Certification Fees
  • Diversity Council: May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Shout Outs!
  • Nurses & Health System Week Photos

April 2016

  • Ambulatory Health Maintenance Team: Reaching Out To Save Lives and Improve Population Health
  • New! Text Message Appointment Reminders   
  • UTMB MakerHealth Space Hosts “Space Matters in Health” Symposium
  • UTMB’s New Lab Automation System   
  • UTMB Diversity Council: Bullying a Form of Discrimination that Impacts Health
  • League City Campus Hospital Ribbon Cutting, May 3       
  • UTMB Health Wound Clinic Now Open  
  • Changes to American Heart Association Life Support Education 
  • Golden Phone Award Recognizes Access Improvement Excellence         
  • Always Award / Shout Outs

March 2016

  • Caring with a Heart
  • Protect Your Information: UTMB Information Services Warns Email Users Against Scams
  • UTMB Activates Liver Transplant Program
  • We’re Moving! Jennie Sealy Hospital Move Information & Galveston Campus Parking Changes
  • Diversity Council: The Difference Between Health Literacy and Reading Comprehension
  • Mondays In March: Health System Recap
  • Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses Awards Accepting Applications
  • Shout Outs!

February 2016

  • Taking the Message and the Medicine Home
  • March is National “Dress in Blue Day” for Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  • UTMB Partners with AHRQ to Host Shared Decision Making Workshop
  • John Sealy Phase II Modernization Planning Begins
  • UTMB Re-Designated as Level-3 Epilepsy Center
  • UTMB MakerHealth™ Space Attracts Employees Across Organization
  • UTMB Diversity Council: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
  • Recap: Jennie Sealy Hospital Mock Patient Move
  • Shout Outs!

January 2016

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Patient Move
  • Correctional Managed Care Holds Winter Conference
  • Kudos to Disinfection Teams for Work on a Successful Joint Commission Focus Survey
  • Always Award Winners
  • David Marshall Wins Modern Health Care 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award
  • Recognizing Human Trafficking in Healthcare
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Pharmacists on the Frontlines
  • 9th CS&E Session Kicks Off
  • Shout Outs!

December 2015

  • Chief Medical Officer’s Year in Review
  • UTMB Launches New Healthcare Quality & Safety Website for Patients and Families
  • Caring for the Spiritual Needs of a Culturally Diverse Patient Population
  • Marshall-Watson Preceptor Award
  • CNO ADMIRE Awards
  • Holiday Photos
  • Shout Outs

November 2015

  • Betty Head: 67 years and Counting in the Department of Dermatology
  • Dr. Lillian Lockhart: Legendary Student, Physician and Professor
  • Do-the-2: Verify Two Patient Identifiers, Every Patient, Every Time
  • Teamwork and Innovation Improve Neurocritical Patient Care
  • UTMB Diversity Council: Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season
  • UTMB School of Nursing Earns Top Honor
  • Save the Date! Upcoming Holiday Celebrations
  • Shout Outs!

October 2015

  • Dr. Lillian Lockhart: Legendary Student, Physician and Professor
  • UTMB Bikes Together to Work Wonders
  • UTMB to Publish Provider Ratings
  • Keeping Our Patients Safe: 100% Clean Hands Save Lives
  • My Dining Room Service Now Available
  • Spotlight on Richard Foy
  • Service Animals and Patient Care
  • Jennie Sealy Hospital Activation
  • Flu Season Masking Requirements for Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers
  • Upcoming & Recent Optimizations of the Epic EMR
  • UTMB Angleton Danbury Recognized at Sepsis Conference
  • Shout Outs!

September 2015

  • UTMB MakerHealthTM: The First Hospital Maker Space in the U.S.
  • Adeline Smith among UTMB’s Longest Employed
  • UTMB Re-Certified as Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Joint Commission Preparedness Reminder
  • ICD-10 Begins October 1
  • Handy Mobile Apps for Epic EMR
  • Vet RG: UTMB’s First Veteran’s Resource Group
  • Urgent Care Center Wait Times Now Available at League City Campus
  • National Quality Week Poster Contest
  • Shout Outs!


August 2015

  • Construction Update! Jennie Sealy Hospital
  • New Year, New Opportunities! Welcome FY2016
  • Employee Advisory Council Visits UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care Teams in Gatesville
  • UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus Celebrates One Year Anniversary
  • Preventing Falls and Injury
  • Service Learning: A Cornerstone for Better Health Care and Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Shout Outs!

July 2015

  • A Special Opportunity for UTMB Students at Camp Blessing
  • ICD-10 Update—Training
  • Health System Leadership Visits Hospital Transportation Services and the Pain Management Clinic
  • Always Award - Congratulations to the Transplant Unit and UHC Dermatology!
  • UTMB Receives AHA Get With the Guidelines Gold Award
  • Nursing Interprofessional Simulation Center Provides State-of-the-Art Education for Future Health Care Providers
  • UTMB Diversity Council: Family Matters
  • Department of Pediatrics School Supplies Drive
  • Academic Enterprise Introduces Academy of Master Clinicians
  • Project CARE Seeks to Improve Access to Care Resources
  • Access Center Moves to New Location
  • Texas Primary Care & Health Home Summit
  • Shout Outs!

June 2015

  • Health System Leadership Makes the Rounds
  • Get Up and Walk: A Patient Mobility Pilot Program
  • Interoperability: Sharing Information through the Electronic Medical Record
  • The Role of Women in Science, Research and Medicine
  • UTMB Prepares for Transition to ICD-10 Disease Classification System
  • Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital Virtual Tour
  • Optimization of the Epic EMR Continues
  • UTMB Selected to Join EMPower Initiative to Enhance Maternity Care Practices
  • Shout Outs!

May 2015

  • Environmental Services Stays Cool with Thermal Imaging
  • Always Award
  • Rapid Response Team: 5,000 Lives Saved and Counting
  • Have a Suggestion to Improve Epic EMR?
  • CS&E Session 7 Graduates Three New Teams
  • Bulletin Board Reminders
  • UTMB Diversity Council: Trauma Informed Care
  • Shout Outs!

April 2015

  • Be the Best. It’s Our Vision.
  • UTMB Health Awarded Advanced Certification in COPD from Joint Commission
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit: The Value of Teamwork
  • The “Big Picture Project” Brightens Island Pediatric Clinics
  • $3000 Referral Bonus Blitz Available until May 30, 2015
  • UTMB Nurses Recognized in Top 150 by Houston Chronicle
  • Effective Communication in Health Care
  • Move to the New Clinical Services Wing Begins May 1
  • Angleton Danbury Campus Happenings
  • Shout Outs!

March 2015

  • UTMB Makes Strides in Incident Reporting
  • April 22 Lecture: Risky Business: Blood Exposures in the Healthcare Setting
  • Pastoral Care’s On-Call Chaplains Nurse Spiritual Needs with Comfort and Prayer
  • UTMB Retains AHA Gold-level Recognition for Performance in Resuscitation
  • Spotlight on Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
  • UTMB Celebrates Neuro Nurses’ Day with Special Conference
  • Angleton Danbury Happenings
  • Welcome Aboard: Alex Vo, Marlo Cochran, Michael Cupito
  • Shout Outs!

February 2015

  • Avoid the Line of Fire: Sharps Safety Awareness
  • Save the Date for a Special Lecture: “Risky Business: Blood Exposures in the Healthcare Setting”
  • Angleton Danbury Campus Happenings
  • UTMB Neuromuscular Program: At the Forefront of Electrodiagnostic Expertise
  • Journal for Nurses in Professional Development Publishes UTMB Nurses’ Work in EBP Literacy
  • Now Open: UTMB Health EBP National Conference Registration
  • Using Chronic Disease Management Registries to Improve Patient Care
  • Colorectal Awareness Month
  • UTMB Diversity Council: Unconscious Bias
  • Now Open: UTMB Blood Center and Pediatric Care &  Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Nursing Referral Bonus Blitz
  • Knights of Momus King Visits UTMB
  • Shout Outs!

January 2015

  • Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) Expansion Enhances Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Joint Commission Preparedness
  • A Challenge from the UTMB Diversity Council
  • Beanies for Babies
  • Video Remote Interpretation: New Technology Increases Patient Safety
  • Always Award
  • NEAR Department Employees Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House
  • December Daisy Award Winner
  • Spotlight on Juanita Norton
  • Shout Outs!

December 2014

  • Healthy Holidays from the UTMB Health System
  • UTMB Angleton Danbury: Advancing our Academic Mission
  • Meet Sheri & Remus: Animal Assisted Therapy Team at UTMB
  • Winter Blood Drive
  • Patient Blood Management at UTMB: Reducing Transfusions
  • Season’s Greetings from the UTMB Diversity Council
  • Meet the New Health System & CMC Employee Advisory Representatives
  • Shout Outs!

November 2014

  • UTMB’s Comprehensive Stroke Care Services: Expertise in Neurovascular and Neurointerventional Care
  • Jennie Sealy Hospital Construction Update
  • Holiday Safety Tips
  • UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus Hosts Volunteer Reception
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Message
  • New! Winter Specials for Inpatient Menus
  • UTMB Diversity Council’s Health System Subcommittee Holds First Annual Retreat
  • Shout Outs!

October 2014

  • UTMB’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: Raising Awareness and Making Strides to Expand Care
  • Leadership Makes Rounding a Priority
  • Blocker Burn Unit Receives Re-verification
  • Texas Ten Step Program Designation
  • Physical Therapy Program Approval
  • David Marshall Appointed to AHA Committee on Clinical Leadership
  • Annette De Los Santos Receives October 2014 Daisy Award
  • UTMB Recognized at UT System Systems Conference
  • The UTMB Diversity Council: Advancing a Culture of Inclusion
  • Barcode Medication Administration Project by Randy Jones
  • UTMB Celebrates Health Quality Week
  • Shout Outs!

September 2014

  • At the Forefront of Neurocritical Care: UTMB’s Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
  • Patient Care at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Carole S. Young Medical Facility
  • Resolutions for a New (Fiscal) Year
  • New Patient Lifts Help Keep Patients and Staff Safe
  • Spotlight On: UTMB Echocardiography Lab
  • Joint Commission Readiness
  • UTMB Opens New Pediatric and Adult Primary Care Clinic in Alvin
  • UTMB Receives Recognition as Level 3 Epilepsy Center
  • UTMB Shines at the Good Samaritan Foundation’s Excellence in Nursing Awards
  • Special Grand Rounds Presentation with Roy Rosin, Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine on October 10 in Levin Hall Main Auditorium
  • Clinical Value Analysis Contest
  • Shout Outs!


August 2014

  • UTMB's Dedicated Cardiac Care Unit: They're All Heart
  • UTMB Health Celebrates Angleton Danbury Campus
  • Working Together to Reduce Preventable Readmissions
  • Peggy Mann receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Welcome Cheryl Sadro and Selwyn Rogers
  • New Employee Access 2-Care Program
  • UTMB Health Community Adult Clinic Opens Doors
  • Souby George recognized at ANCC National Magnet Conference
  • Mammographer Karen Seaman Authors Book
  • Shout Outs!

July 2014

  • Excellent Service Starts With Us
  • Hydration Stations Approved for All Units
  • Joint Commission Readiness
  • Inside UTMB: Donna Sollenberger Appointed to National Board
  • Budget Improvement Project Update
  • Welcome Aboard Jeremy Brynes and Michael Rape
  • Operations Council Patient & Family Advisor Update with Bonnie Farmer
  • Physical Therapy and You: A Patient’s Perspective
  • Shout Outs!

June 2014

  • UTMB’s Nursing RN to BSN Program Offers Educational Advancement
  • Submit Your Clinical Value Analysis Ideas and Win!
  • Relax! 10 Ways to Reduce Stress
  • Annual Enrollment: It Will Be Here Before You Know It
  • Employee Advisory Council Hosts Annual Meeting with Executive Leadership
  • UTMB Nurses Share Their Work
  • “Always Award” Recognizes Units and Departments for Excellent Outcomes
  • You Count! Pulse Survey Update
  • A Visit with CMC Wellness Champions
  • RN Open House
  • New ADMC/UTMB Webpage
  • Shout Outs!

May 2014

  • A Very Special Care Environment: UTMB’s ACE Unit
  • Update: Unit-based Clinical Leadership
  • UTMB Celebrates Nurses Week and Health System Week
  • Spotlight on Nicole Wooden: Bringing Innovative Ideas to Life in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Crazy Socks in the UHC Infusion Clinic
  • UTMB Implements Barcode Administration
  • Sollenberger Presents at Yale-Peking Senior Executive Forum on Health Care Reform
  • Lean Update
  • Health System Clinical Enterprise Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Shout Outs!

April 2014

  • A Visit with Offender Care Services Teams at TDCJ Beauford H. Jester Units III & IV
  • What Does the ICD-10 Delay Mean to UTMB?
  • UTMB Chosen to Participate in Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative
  • Hand Hygiene: Increase Compliance, Prevent Infection
  • Epic 2012 Upgrade Complete
  • Keep Our Hospital Safe and Beautiful!
  • UTMB Honored with Resuscitation Quality Achievement Award
  • UTMB Physical Therapist Chad Davenport Recognized as 2014 Five Star Physical Therapist in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Casey FitzRandolph to Visit UTMB for Health System Week
  • UTMB Receives Good Install Award from Epic

March 2014

  • Enhanced Clinical Documentation & ICD-10 Improve Patient Care
  • Engaging Patients with MyChart
  • UTMB and Angleton Danbury Explore Long-term Partnership
  • Improving Patient Safety: Reporting Events with UTMB's Patient Safety Network
  • Critical Care Nursing Quarterly to Publish UTMB Nurses' Manuscript
  • Dr. Scott Larson Receives 2014 Community Outreach Award
  • Mobile Mammography Sunday Program
  • Spotlight On: UTMB Laundry and Linen Services
  • Silent Angel Award Nominations

February 2014

  • UTMB Level 1 Trauma Center Recertified
  • ED Tech Council Presents at Texas Hospital Association Conference
  • UTMB Receives the 2013 Bill Aston Award for Quality
  • UTMB Sleep Disorders Center Receives AASM Accreditation
  • Dr. George Saade Joins National Advisory Child Health & Human Development Council
  • Welcome Aboard Debora Mordecai
  • Director of Patient Care & Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s Services
  • Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Session 5 Begins
  • Nursing Service Receives International Audio Visual Digital Awards
  • Mondays in March Begin March 3
  • Learn More About ICD-10: Mission Possible at
  • UTMB’s SICU 1 of 4 Gold-level Beacon Award Recipients in Texas

January 2014

  • Unit-Based Clinical Leadership
  • Spotlight on: Jessica Anderson Exercise Physiologist
  • UTMB Medical Interpreter Competes in 4th GPA World Powerlifting Championship
  • ICD-10 Mission Possible
  • EAC Corner; New Year Resolutions
  • Construction Update: Traffic, Jennie Sealy, Cafe On the Court

December 2013

  • UTMB Family Medicine Awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition
  • SICU Beacon Award
  • Achieving Outstanding Infection Control Outcomes: An Ongoing Pursuit
  • UTMB First in Texas to Receive AHA Award
  • Project CARE Kickoff
  • utmbConnect Receives A+ from Epic
  • Holiday Events: Annual Campus Tree Lighting, Victory Lakes Tree Lighting, Annual Campus Health System Holiday Celebration

November 2013

  • A Day with Correctional Managed Care, Huntsville
  • New Program Saves Valuable Time in the ER for Stroke Patients
  • MyChart Proxy Access gets New Name: MyChart Family Access
  • New Digital Billboard at Victory Lakes
  • ACGME Approves UTMB Vascular Surgery Residency Program
  • Oliver Center Opens Division of Shared Decision Making
  • Operations Council Welcomes Patient & Family Advisor, Bonnie Farmer
  • NASA Annual Safety and Health Day
  • Give to SECC, Win a Pizza Party

October 2013

  • OR Optimization Project Improves Scheduling and Turnover
  • UTMB places 3rd at UT System Annual CS&E Conference
  • Welcome Aboard Amy Lussier
  • UTMB Physicians Recognized as Top Docs
  • Right Place, Right Time: La Tonya Cunningham
  • CathPCI Registry Is Now Active
  • Getting to know Cherry “Cherry Pie” Young, Customer Service Account Specialist
  • UTMB & TDCJ Employees participate in Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk
  • Texas City OT/PT Clinics Moving
  • Improving the Patient Experience: Island West Pilots Flow Stations

September 2013

  • All About the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • UTMB Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Accreditation
  • DSRIP Project Update: Burn and Trauma Care Project
  • Connecting Care: Here, There and Everywhere Elsewhere
  • Sports Injury Clinic, EAC Corner, Construction Update
  • 2013 Excellence in Nursing Awards
  • HIPAA/HITECH Right to Request
  • Clinical Value Analysis: So You Want to Change a Product...
  • UTMB Doctors Working Together to Work Wonders in the Community


August 2013

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction!, Press Ganey “Reboot”: Patient Satisfaction Survey Changes, World Sepsis Day: September 13, Commit to Sit Campaign Coming Soon,
Introducing Epic Care Everywhere, DSRIP Update: Implementing ED Health Information Exchange Care Transitions, Moving the Needle: A Message from the Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, CMC Holds Annual Summer Conference, The Power is in Your Hands: Hand Hygiene Update, Spotlight on…Hien Nguyen, Shout Outs!

July 2013

How the Affordable Care Act Could Impact UTMB, Welcome Aboard Ann O’Connell and Mai Hoang, Blood Management: New Transfusion Guidelines, Environmental Services Leaps into Future, Spotlight on Hospital Galveston, CMC Town Hall Meetings Held, UTMB Receives Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery, Plans for Designated Employee Break Areas in New Jennie Sealy Hospital, Shout Outs

June 2013

UTMB Health and the Medicaid Transformation Waiver, Hurricane Evacuation Exercise a Success, Vendormate: What you need to know, The Bloody Truth: Transfusions are Risky Business, Employee Advisory Council Corner, Clinical Value Analysis: Annual Savings Progress, LifeWings Hardwire Safety Tools Workshop, Getting to know David Marshall, Shout Outs

May 2013

UTMB to launch "Give to Live" Summer Blood Drive; Nurses Week 2012: My "Walk A Mile in Their Shoes" Experience; Getting to Know Tommy Fields; Nurse Leadership Award Recipients; Victory Lakes Community Fair; Jennie Sealy Mock-Up Patient Simulation; Spotlight on Donald Dillon, Stephanie deJongh and Hien Nguyen; Medicare Outpatient Observation; Shout Outs!; You've Been Spotted! Nurses and Health System Week

April 2013

Patient Engagement Issue: Creating a Culture of Patient Engagement, Lecture, May 16: The Voice of the Patient, How Do You Improve the Patient Experience, Lean: Value Stream Analysis in Family Medicine Island West PCMH, New Blood Management Program at UTMB, Clinical Value Analysis: Submit Requests Online, PeopleSoft Upgrade, UTMB to Celebrate Nursing Week and Health System Week, Winnie Richards Recognized by umf Corporation, Liver Life Walk Houston 2013, Spotlight on Janie Pietramale, Shout Outs!

March 2013

Major Traffic Redirections, Victory Lakes Expansion Groundbreaking, Lean - Value Stream Analyses (Orthopaedics and Emergency Deparments), Royal Carribbean Center of Excellence, Spotlight on Valerie Brumfield, Shout Outs!

February 2013

New Health System Website, Centralized Check-in Desks Enhance the Patient Experience, March is National Professional Social Work Month, New Electronic Surgical Request Form, Envisioning the Future: Mondays in March 2013, Contest: How Well Do You Know utmbconnect?, New Guidelines for Use of Personal Electronic Devices in Patient Areas, New Blood Management Program at UTMB, EAC Holds “Engage and Chat” at Clear Lake Access Center, Clinical Value Analysis Meeting Schedule, Shout Outs!

January 2013

Lean at UTMB: A World-Class Management System, UTMB Nurses Serve at 57th Presidential Inauguration, Clinical Value Analysis Teams, So Cool...UTMB at the South Pole, Adding a Special Touch to the Patient Experience, Primary Care Pavilion Construction Update, UTMB to Add New Safeguards for Patient Privacy, Employees Trained in Crew Resource Management Instruction, Victory Lakes Expansion to Begin, Shout Outs!

December 2012

Special Holiday Issue! Designing Patient Rooms for the Hospital of Tomorrow, UTMB Stuffs Stockings for Soldiers, PCP Officially Celebrates Grand Reopening, Dr. Owen Murray Presents "Life in the Big House", Joint Commission Recap, Clinical Value Analysis Oversight Committee, utmbConnect Fully Connected, Spotlight on Regina Ramirez, Shout Outs!, Construction Alert, Holiday Festivities

November 2012

Pastoral Care: The Spiritual Side of Health Care, CBC Friendswood at 8th Annual Halloween in the Park, Recap: 2nd Annual Health System Budget Celebration, A Visit to the John Sealy Hospital ORs, Introducing Clinical Value Analysis at UTMB Health, Ambulatory Fall Festival for Joint Commission Readiness, Tanger Outlet Opening Benefits UTMB's Breast Cancer Treatment and Prevention Programs, Shout Outs!

October 2012

Leadership Rounds in Day Surgery and Medicine/Nephrology; Preventing Patient Falls: It's Everyone's Responsibility; Men in Heels: Support the Heart Walk!; UTMB Recognized by HHS for Organ Transplantation and Donation; Recap: Olympics of Patient Quality & Safety; Spotlight On Drs. Sonstein and Sharma; Spotlight On Maureen Brami (Outstanding Leaders); Stairwell to a Healthier You!; Shout Outs!

September 2012

Notice: As of Sept. 1, 2012, Friday Focus is now a monthly publication, and will run under the title"Health System Friday Focus"

Rock the Note: We Want Your Feedback! Workflow Mapping for the New Hospital; UTMB Nurses Recognized by Good Samaritan Foundation; New Jennie Sealy Hospital Mock-Up Rooms: Now Touring; Drug Take Back Day is September 29;
Community Health Program Chronic Care Professional Certified; Relax! 10 Steps to Reduce Stress; New UTMB Construction Web Site; Shout Outs!


(September 2011 - August 2012)

August 2012 (No issue of Health System Friday Focus for the month of August)

July 2012
Share Your Care, Not Your Germs! Workflow Mapping for UTMB’s Future; Community Health Program Article; Benefits Annual Enrollment Period: July 15 - July 31, 2012; New UTMB Cancer Center Opens July 19; UTMB Nurses Recognized by Good Samaritan Foundation; Six UTMB faculty members receive Outstanding Teaching Awards from UT System Board of Regents

June 2012
UTMB Kicks Off In-house Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E) Program; UTMB Offers "Sunday Screenings"; Primary Care Pavilion (PCP) Now Open! AAACN endorses UTMB Telehealth Toolkit; Welcome ANCC Magnet Designation Appraisers!

May 2012
Hospital & Nurses Week: Spark Excellence! Primary Care Pavilion to Re-open; John Sealy Hospital Concourse Project to Begin; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Reaccredited; UTMB Nurses' Article in Nurse Leader Journal

April 2012
Protect Our Patients (P.O.P.) Hand Hygiene Initiative Kick-Off; Infection Prevention: Focus for 2012; UTMB Breast Health & Imaging Center Earns Accreditation ; 2012 National Nurses Week & National Hospital Week: May 6-12; UTMB Connect: Spotlight on Dolly McCarley

March 2012
Building a Culture of Trust: Safety & Service; UTMB Health Values Patient Confidentiality; Health System Leadership Rounds; Silent Angel Award Nominations; Joint Commission Certifies VAD Program

February 2012
Austin Women's Hospital Closes Its Doors, Health System Scorecard, New Sterile Processing Department, Dr. Gina Rizzo Voted "Best Physician", UTMB’s 32nd Annual School Health Conference

January 2012
Engaging Patients and Improving Care through Meaningful Use, Congratulations Drs. Angelica S. Robinson, Patricia Beach and Karen Brykczynski

December 2011
Patient Satisfaction: You Can Make Difference! Health System Scorecard, Holiday & Lighting Ceremonies, Holiday Sing-along at the Ace Unit, Congratulations Texas Super Docs

November 2011
UTMB Health celebrates Community Health Workers Day, Volunteer Services receives donation, Sigma Infusion Pumps are live, Bay Colony Dermatology Talk of the Town Award

October 2011
UTMB Submits ANCC Magnet Application, UTMB Values Patient Confidentiality, Model Community Health Program at UTMB Health

September 2011
Hand Hygiene Initiative, EVS & Morrison Food Services, UTMB nurses recognized by Good Samaritan Foundation, Capital equipment purchases, Access Center record calls



August 2011
Value Based Purchasing, Online Visitors Guide, Visit to Environmental Services

July 2011
You Change Lives! Focused Improvement Efforts Positively Affect Patient Satisfaction Scores, PROJECT 30: Thirty Days to a New Beginning, Satis5ied? We Hope So!

The following issues were 4th Friday Focus newsletter issues; no longer in publication:

August 2012
New (Fiscal) Year's Resolution: Pursue Health Care Excellence; Focus on Quality, Safety and Cleanliness; Burn Unit Rededication; Session 2 CS&E Graduation - Sept. 6; Stark Diabetes Center Awarded Continued Recognition; New Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine; Remembering a Special Volunteer; Construction Notice: Concourse Renovations Underway; Shout Outs!

July 2012
New UTMB Cancer Center Open, Fully Connected: utmbConnect Newsletter, Welcome: New Administrative Fellow, Patient Experience Website, Health System Leadership Round - Photos, Shout Outs!

June 2012
Magnet Site Visit Recap; New Language Proficiency Standards; Meaningful Use Update; July Employee Health Programs; SICU Move Complete!

May 2012
Culture of Trust; Volunteer Appreciation; Magnet Designation Journey; Care of Our Campus and Facilities

April 2012
UTMB Breaks Ground on New Hospital; Greatest Rewards Come From the Heart (Volunteer Story); Spotlight on SANE Nurses; New Children's Hospital Opens; UTMB Community Health Fair

March 2012
Mondays in March Available Online; UTMB Connect: Fully Connected; 2012 President's Cabinet Award Applications Now Available; UTMB's First Year of Meaningful Use

February 2012
Continuing UTMB Health's Transformation: Building a Culture of Trust; UTMB Family Campaign 2012: Make Your Pledge Today! Magnet Status Update; Construction Update: High Impact Project Coming Soon; Comprehensive Maternity Center Now Open; UTMB Connect: Fully Connected

January 2012
Care management redesign and appointment of medical directors; Rounds Abound!; Mark Kirschbaum appointed to THA committee; Congratulations, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Saade! Three UTMB departments near top in survey of NIH grants; UTMB Connect: Fully Connected

December 2011
Best Optical Care; Visit to Pathology-Immunology, Blood Bank and Microbiology; Moody Medical Library Receives Award, HS Leadership Holiday Celebration, UTMB Police Department Achieves National Recognition, My Kidney Transplant at UTMB

November 2011
Staying Safe during the Holidays! HCAHPS Category: Quietness of the Hospital Environment, Visit to NICU and L&D, receives recognition

October 2011
HCAHPS and Why They Matter! Several Clinics Offer Extended Hours, UTMB Celebrates Building Demolition, UTMB Works Wonders at the South Pole

September 2011
Health System Holds the First Annual Connaughtie Awards, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at League City Town Center, Flu Shots, UTMB Saved My Life - Twice!

August 2011
Construction of New Jennie Sealy Hospital Approved! Introducing UTMB Connect, Congratulations to UTMB's CRCRs, Press Ganey Improvements Plans

July 2011
Leadership Hosts Appreciation Luncheon for Town Center Employees, UTMB Health Lean Training

June 2011
Why Patient Satisfaction Matters, MyChart Rollout is Complete! Meaningful Use E-prescribe Update

May 2011
Meaningful Use Update, Community Health Fair at the Specialty Care Center, Donna Sollenberger Walks A Mile In Your Shoes at TDCJ ICI, 2011 Hospital and Nurses' Week