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    From the President

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Happy New Year, and welcome to the latest issue of Impact! The beginning of a new year gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous months and plan ahead for the many opportunities to come in 2018.
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    Working Wonders

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Nisha Jain Garg, professor in the departments of Microbiology and Immunology and of Pathology, was awarded $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to examine the previously unknown role of a DNA repair protein called PARP1 in increasing the risk of heart damage that often accompanies Chagas disease.
  • HG Length of Stay team members (L-R): Claudia Thomas, Paulicia Grimes, Kenia Latin, Oyebamiji Adebayo, Marjorie Kovacevich, Dr. Olubgenga Ojo, Veronica Kwarteng-Amaning, Nancy Ritzmann and Angel Male.

    Continuity of care behind bars: UTMB Hospital Galveston initiative improves average length of stay, patient throughput

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On any given day, all 110 acute care beds in UTMB Hospital Galveston are full. While some patients are preparing for discharge, new patients are brought in by bus, ambulance and vans from prison units all over the state. As the state’s aging prison population requires increased medical care, the maximum security hospital on UTMB’s Galveston Campus often faces a challenge: there aren’t enough beds to go around.
  • Dr. Jason Ross, a senior radiology resident, stands in front of a CT machine.

    Everyday Best Care: UTMB radiologist steps out of his comfort zone to provide exceptional, compassionate care for cancer patient

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by Erin Swearingen
    When Irene Slovak, who was an otherwise healthy 74-year-old woman, began experiencing stomach pain and fatigue, she knew something wasn’t right.
  • Dr. Jeff Temple

    Children who get spanked more likely to be violent toward future dating partners

    January 25, 2018, 13:30 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    A parent who spanks a child may be teaching them the wrong lesson. A new study by UTMB researchers found a link between children who experience corporal punishment and those who later perpetrate acts of dating violence.
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    Research Briefs

    January 25, 2018, 13:30 PM by Donna Ramirez
    Scientists at UTMB have discovered a promising developing drug that has been shown to selectively shrink excess fat by increasing fat cell metabolism. The drug significantly reduces body weight and blood cholesterol levels without lowering food intake in obese mice.
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    A day in the life of a stroke coordinator

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Stroke Coordinator Brenda Yanez lives and breathes the mantra “Time is brain.” “Every minute counts after a person has a stroke,” she says.
  • Christine Wade with her husband, David, and children, Jack and Sydney, on vacation in New York City.

    Spotlight on Christine Wade, director of patient care services and assistant chief nursing officer

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Christine Wade joined UTMB in 2012 and has spent the majority of her career managing high-volume trauma centers. In addition to support services, she oversees two emergency departments (Galveston and League City campuses), including a level 1 trauma center, level 1 burn center, two medical-surgical units, nursing house supervisors and the designated emerging infectious disease biocontainment unit and program—which she spearheaded.
  • Texas City Primary and Specialty Care Clinic

    We are open! Texas City and RMCHP Dickinson clinics reopen to patients following Hurricane Harvey

    January 25, 2018, 13:28 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Texas City Primary and Specialty Care Clinic and the Dickinson Regional Maternal and Child Health Program (RMCHP) clinics are happy to be back doing what they do best—serving patients and the community.
  • Dr. David Callender and Imelda Wicks stand with the winners of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards. Recipients rom left to right: Dr. Oluwarotimi Dolorunso, Dr. Jeff Temple and Lorraine Hunter-Simpson.

    UTMB honors three with annual MLK service awards

    January 25, 2018, 13:28 PM by Shannon Porter
    Three UTMB employees were honored as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recipients at the annual luncheon in January on the Galveston Campus.
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    Learn together, work as a team

    January 25, 2018, 13:27 PM by Shelley Smith
    Preparing students for clinical rotations provided an ideal opportunity for interprofessional practice at the Clinical Skills Experience held recently in UTMB’s Interprofessional Nursing Simulation Center. Nursing students served as instructors and coaches for medical students gaining skills for basic procedures and learning to manage high-acuity situations.
  • Flu Man

    Top tips for weathering flu season

    January 25, 2018, 13:26 PM by Dr. Megan Berman, associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine
    The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, as a severe strain of the flu—H3N2—has spread to most U.S. states, including Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the end of the first week in January, the entire continental U.S. reported widespread flu activity.
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    UTMB Trivia - January 2018

    January 25, 2018, 13:25 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This individual became the first African-American student to graduate from medical school at UTMB—and in the state of Texas—in 1953. Can you name him?
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    From the President

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we come to the conclusion of another calendar year—one that has been very eventful to say the least!
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    Working Wonders

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Correctional Managed Care employees Gary Eubank, chief nursing officer, and Paul Brown, Region 3 director of nursing, co-wrote several chapters in the fourth edition of the book “Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar.” The book addresses the financial management issues faced by nurse leaders in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics and home care.
  • UTMB’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program includes an interprofessional committee that meets weekly to discuss targeted work across the institution.

    Handling antibiotics with care: UTMB's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program aims to protect health and preserve the power of antibiotics

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eighty years ago, infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia were leading causes of death in the U.S. Thanks to the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, that’s not the case anymore. However, these drugs have been used—often overused—for so long that the bacteria the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.
  • Wendy Lentino (left) and her daughter, Lily, reunite with NICU nurses Carrie Holloway (middle) and Lavonda Morgan.

    UTMB’s littlest survivors reunite with NICU doctors, nurses at 10th Annual Preemie Reunion

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB’s 10th Annual Preemie Reunion on Oct. 21 was the first time Wendy Lentino was able to take her baby, Liliana, out in public. “Lily finally gets to experience things that most of us take for granted, like the sun shining and the wind blowing,” said Lentino.
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    UTMB to study new approach for hip fracture recovery

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for women recovering from hip fractures. UTMB is part of a consortium of seven universities that has received $15.6 million from the National Institute on Aging for a multisite clinical trial to study the use of testosterone therapy and exercise in post-menopausal women recovering from hip fracture.
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    Research Briefs

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Frequent alcohol consumption kills new brain cells in adults, with females being more vulnerable, according to new research at UTMB. Led by Dr. Ping Wu, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, the researchers discovered that alcohol killed the stem cells in adult mouse brains. Because brain stem cells are responsible for creating new nerve cells and are important to maintaining normal cognitive function, this study could open a door to combating chronic alcoholism.
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    A day in the life of a patient registration specialist

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When a patient arrives at the emergency department on UTMB's Galveston Campus, there’s a good chance Vonday Millier will be the first university employee they see. “We really set the tone for the patient’s visit,” says Millier, a patient registration specialist and team leader within Revenue Cycle Operations (RCO).
  • (L-R) Philesha Evans, Ritchie Adoue (co-chair), Lycia Champagne (cochair), Dr. Kimberly Sherill, Ian Barrett and Imelda Wicks.

    Ability Resource Group aims to increase awareness, create culture of inclusion

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by Shannon Porter
    Dr. Kimberly Sherill does not look at her physical disability as a hindrance, but rather an admittance to a world of experience that better connects her with her patients.
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    Construction Update

    December 20, 2017, 09:07 AM by Stephen Hadley
    League City Campus Hospital Phase II Expansion: Construction of the five-story South Tower—which will add 123,000 square feet to the hospital—will begin in March 2018. Once completed, the expansion will increase inpatient capacity to approximately 100 beds and provide space for additional services.
  • Garwood and his wife, Charlotte, at the top of Turtlehead Peak in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas.

    Spotlight on Bill Garwood, associate vice president of finance for community hospitals

    December 20, 2017, 09:06 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Bill Garwood joined the UTMB family in 2014, when he helped integrate the Angleton Danbury Campus with UTMB. For more than 30 years, he served as the senior financial officer of the Angleton Danbury Medical Center. In his current role as associate vice president of finance for community hospitals, his responsibilities recently expanded to include the financial management of UTMB’s League City Campus, as well.
  • Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar, a UTMB nursing and Interprofessional Education (IPE) Scholars program graduate, leads a simulation.

    Putting IPE into practice: UTMB alumna brings passion, enthusiasm for interprofessional education to patient care

    December 20, 2017, 09:06 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar is on a mission to ensure health care professionals understand the importance of interprofessional education and teamwork in transforming patient care for the better.
  • Dr. David Callender stands with members of UTMB’s Student Government Association

    UTMB Student Government Association invests in future students

    December 20, 2017, 09:06 AM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB’s Student Government Association has already made its mark on the university, but now it also holds a special place in Galveston’s history.
  • Current School of Health Professions students helped kick off the SHP's 50th anniversary celebrations

    School of Health Professions celebrates 50 years of success, innovation

    December 20, 2017, 09:05 AM by Shannon Porter
    Since 1968, UTMB's School of Health Professions, then known as the School of Allied Health Sciences, has dedicated its efforts toward training a key part of the health care work force and advancing knowledge of the disciplines it teaches all across Texas—and beyond.
  • Santa Sled

    ‘Tis the season for safety

    December 20, 2017, 09:04 AM by UTMB Police Chief Thomas Engells
    The holidays are an opportunity to share good cheer with family and friends. However, they also are a time when people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, making themselves vulnerable to theft and other crime. Don’t let a Grinch ruin your holidays!
  • Texas City Clinics

    Home for the holidays

    December 20, 2017, 09:03 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB’s Primary and Specialty Care Clinic in Texas City has reopened to patients after undergoing major repairs due to flood damage following Hurricane Harvey.
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    From the President

    November 20, 2017, 11:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The 2017 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) came to a close at midnight on Nov. 3 and our UTMB family showed that when we come together, we can accomplish anything.
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    Working Wonders

    November 20, 2017, 11:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Several UTMB employees received President David Callender’s Way to Go Award during the Nov. 1 Town Hall. Lonnie Winston and Seth Grimes, materials handling techs, were recognized for their actions going above and beyond to ensure a young patient at Jennie Sealy Hospital received a special package.

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