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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    August 23, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Welcome to the final issue of Impact for Fiscal Year 2018! We’ve had a most eventful year—Hurricane Harvey and unusual winter ice storms on the Gulf Coast; tremendous Best Care success; research breakthroughs in such areas as infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s and more; the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences; expansion at our League City Campus; the recent announcement of our letter of intent to lease an existing hospital facility in Webster, Texas.
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  • Lela01

    A day in the life of an institutional ADA officer

    August 22, 2018, 21:30 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Lela Lockett-Ware, UTMB’s institutional American with Disabilities Act (ADA) officer, will conduct more than 100 ergonomic worksite evaluations in a year, just one of the many responsibilities this occupational therapist will tackle in a given day.
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  • bestcareinaction

    Visiting by video

    August 21, 2018, 20:15 PM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB’s Ambulatory Care Management Team is always looking for ways to better serve patients. So when Information Services approached the team about participating in a video visits pilot program, they knew this was something that could benefit patients—especially those who live in rural areas.
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  • research_lungs

    UTMB researchers successfully transplant bioengineered lung

    August 20, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A UTMB research team has bioengineered lungs and transplanted them into adult pigs with no medical complications. In 2014, Dr. Joan Nichols and Dr. Joaquin Cortiella were the first research team to successfully bioengineer human lungs in a lab.
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    Responding in crisis

    August 19, 2018, 19:34 PM by Shannon Porter
    For nine UTMB Correctional Managed Care nurses working in Gatesville, Texas, June 26 started off just like any other day. But that normalcy changed after one nurse received a Skype call from an off-duty colleague.
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  • Pulse Video

    Pulse video update for July

    August 18, 2018, 20:15 PM by Staff reports
    President David Callender launched his “Pulse” video update series in May to keep the UTMB family up-to-date on issues affecting the organization. Here's what was covered in the July videos:
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  • hiddentalent

    Hidden Talent: Jorge De La Garza

    August 17, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Jorge De La Garza has always been passionate about photography. But his hidden talent emerged when he faced a commute to his new position at UTMB and needed a fuel-efficient car.
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  • schooltips

    Back to school tips

    August 16, 2018, 19:25 PM by By Dr. Jeff Temple
    Back to school tips to make the transition from the lazy days of summer to the busy school routine as easy as possible for both parents and students.
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  • Ambulance

    UTMB Trivia-August

    August 15, 2018, 09:19 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Nowadays, we take it for granted that ambulances provide safe and quick transport to our campus hospitals. The photo at left shows the first such motorized ambulance used at UTMB’s Galveston Campus.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    July 15, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Welcome to the latest issue of Impact. This has been a busy summer so far, with great progress being made on the Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus, the opening of the parking garage on the League City Campus and preparations for the opening of the MD Anderson Cancer Center outpatient facility in a few weeks.
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    A day in the life of a surgical resident at the Angleton Danbury Campus

    July 14, 2018, 21:30 PM by Shannon Porter
    Dr. Laticia Stewart’s day begins hours before she ever steps inside the doors of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Hospital. Mondays are usually a clinic day at the Angleton Danbury Campus for Stewart. But this particular Monday starts before sunrise in Galveston, after she responds to an early-morning call for residents to cover procedures at Hospital Galveston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility on UTMB’s island campus.
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    On the cutting edge

    July 12, 2018, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    While continuous improvement through lifelong learning has been a key part of UTMB’s culture for years, this tenet comes to life at the Sealy and Smith Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment and Research (LSTAR).
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  • bladder_cancer_research

    Study shows removing entire bladder in cancer patients increases chance of survival

    July 11, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A nationwide study led by UTMB researchers has confirmed that for patients with bladder cancer, removing the whole organ increases their chances of survival and is more cost effective than therapies that selectively target and remove cancerous tissue from the bladder.
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  • Pulse Video

    Pulse videos launched to keep UTMB community informed

    July 8, 2018, 20:15 PM by Staff reports
    President David Callender launched his “Pulse” video update series in May to keep the UTMB family up-to-date on issues affecting the organization.
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  • 2018 Correctional Managed Care Employee Service Awards

    July 7, 2018, 20:15 PM by From staff reports
    This year’s CMC Summer Conference, held May 11 in Austin, paid tribute to a multitude of employees for their dedication and commitment to providing outstanding patient care.
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  • somboyars

    Time-honored Tradition

    July 5, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    When the 2018 School of Medicine graduates walked in to receive their degrees this year, they followed in the footsteps of generations past being led by the university’s ceremonial mace, a symbol of academia dating back to medieval times.
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  • Leslye

    Hidden Talent: Leslye Mlcak

    July 4, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Leslye Mlcak found her hidden talent four years ago: She’s a phenom with fondant and a cake baker extraordinaire.
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    UTMB Trivia -July

    July 3, 2018, 19:23 PM by Stephen Hadley
    A crowd gathers outside and on the balconies of the old John Sealy Hospital (you can see Old Red to the left of the covered walkway) to welcome a passing motorcade on the UTMB campus in May 1937.
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  • HEALTHTIPS

    Five common myths about sun exposure

    July 1, 2018, 19:25 PM by Stephen Hadley
    With the dog days of summer now upon us, it’s likely that many will spend days frolicking in the pool or heading to the beach to keep cool and beat the heat. If you and your family are heading for the out-of-doors this summer, here are a few myths (followed by the facts) about exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light that you should keep in mind.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    June 8, 2018, 22:00 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This issue highlights the important contributions of our faculty and staff and your ongoing commitment to improving health for the people of Texas and around the world.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB Police detective

    June 7, 2018, 21:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Sleep doesn't always come easy for UTMB Detective Greg Gaona. He often wakes up in the middle of the night with an “aha” moment that may crack a case or lead to an arrest. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an idea come to mind at 3 a.m. and I have to go write it down,” he says. “Putting puzzles together and solving cases, especially complex cases—I can’t tell you how rewarding that is. You have to be persistent, nosy and think outside the box.”
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  • ALWAYSaward_environmental

    Always focused on providing Best Care

    June 7, 2018, 20:15 PM by Mary Feldhusen
    The focus on providing Best Care extends well beyond the unit or clinic setting, as every employee contributes—directly or indirectly—to providing top-notch care to patients across our institution.
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  • EBOLA VIRUS

    An Ebola Breakthrough

    June 6, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A new collaborative study has identified Ebola antibodies that could be used to design universal therapeutics that are effective against many different Ebola species. The findings were recently published in Nature Microbiology.
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    Celebrating Employees

    June 5, 2018, 20:15 PM by Shannon Porter
    It’s no secret UTMB is comprised of some of the most outstanding employees, but on May 16, more than 1,700 were celebrated for reaching important milestones in their careers during the annual Employee Service Day ceremony in Levin Hall.
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  • The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 39 degrees on May 18.

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awards 39 degrees

    June 4, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 39 degrees during its commencement ceremony May 18 in Levin Hall. Each year, a highlight of the school’s commencement is the presentation of four prestigious awards.
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    Hidden Talents: Dr. Matt Dacso and Richard Briley

    June 3, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Two UTMB employees are accomplished jazz musicians, one a saxophonist and the other a trumpet player. They sometimes even play in the Galveston Island Jazz Project together.
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    UTMB Trivia -June

    June 2, 2018, 19:23 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Located on UTMB’s Galveston Campus, the Ashbel Smith Building—also known as Old Red—was the first building completed on the campus and it was used to support the state’s first medical school.
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  • Emergency Man

    Emergency prep tips

    June 1, 2018, 19:25 PM by Stephen Hadley
    The June 1 start of hurricane season makes emergency preparedness a hotEmergency Man topic for those of us on the Gulf Coast. But as we all know, emergencies that disrupt our ability to fulfill our mission—and which affect our families and homes—can happen at any time and at any of our locations throughout the state.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    May 28, 2018, 22:00 PM by Stephen Hadley
    We recently shared the exciting news that UTMB earned an “A” grade for the second consecutive reporting period from the Leapfrog Group for our accomplishments in reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.
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  • Angela McDowell

    A day in the life of a sustainability coordinator

    May 28, 2018, 21:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Angela McDowell likes to talk trash… and recycling. As UTMB’s sustainability coordinator, she’s passionate about promoting environmentally conscious attitudes and planet-friendly habits across the institution. It’s an ambitious endeavor, but she’s up to the challenge.
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