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    From the President

    May 29, 2019, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    April marks the 50th anniversary of what is now known as the UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus. Opened in 1969 as the Angleton Danbury General Hospital by the Angleton Danbury Hospital District, the campus has served the health needs of the surrounding area for decades.
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    A day in the life of the Auxiliary of Angleton Danbury

    May 28, 2019, 12:59 PM by Shannon Porter
    Sara McDaniel smiles as she looks up from the stack of papers she’s busily preparing for patients. Every Wednesday morning, she’s the first person a patient sees as they enter the Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital.
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    Opening the Clear Lake Campus Hospital—A five-month journey

    May 9, 2019, 11:10 AM by Jessica Wyble
    Five months after officially announcing it had signed a 15-year agreement to lease the facility formerly known as Bay Area Regional Medical Center, UTMB opened its new Clear Lake Campus Hospital on March 30.
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    Best Care in Action

    May 8, 2019, 11:10 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Whether working on the front lines in patient care or in another role at UTMB, everyone contributes to Best Care. Here are a few examples of employees in different roles who are demonstrating Best Care.
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    UTMB develops drug to rejuvenate muscles

    May 7, 2019, 11:10 AM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed a promising drug that significantly increases muscle size, strength and metabolism in aged mice.
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    Making a Match

    May 5, 2019, 11:10 AM by Shannon Porter
    Every year, on the third Friday in March, Match Day reveals to graduating medical students where they will fulfill residency training for their chosen specialty. UTMB students gathered with family and friends on March 15 to learn the next step of their long journey toward a career in medicine.
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    Modernizing document management and workflows at UTMB

    May 4, 2019, 11:10 AM by Stephen Hadley
    In an effort to modernize its content management and business processes across the institution, UTMB is replacing iSpace with two applications that are a part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Suite.
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    Hidden Talent: Jill Sanchez

    May 3, 2019, 15:32 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Jill Sanchez says she was immediately hooked on POP Pilates, a derivative of the popular exercise regimen that is choreographed to music and feels like a dance on a mat, because of the seamless transitions between exercises.
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    Five tips to combat allergy season

    May 2, 2019, 15:47 PM by By Dr. William J. Calhoun
    The warmer days of spring are here and with the associated outdoor activities such as barbecues, festivals and sporting events comes a wave of allergies that can spoil a great day.
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    UTMB Trivia-April

    May 1, 2019, 09:19 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Today, the women’s unit at the Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital bears the name of the couple who made the single largest donation in the history of the Auxiliary of Angleton Danbury.
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    From the President

    March 31, 2019, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    With the arrival of spring comes a time of tremendous activity for UTMB—opening a new hospital, moving some of our clinics to improve access and continuing expansion and renovation work in League City and Galveston. Please stay tuned in this and future issues of Impact to learn more about these projects, which are so important for the long-term success of our mission.
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    A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Specialist

    March 30, 2019, 12:59 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Diane Ugartechea is an occupational therapist at the League City Campus where she helps patients recover and heal in both the hospital and rehabilitation gym setting.
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    Working Wonders - March 2019

    March 29, 2019, 11:10 AM by Impact team
    School of Medicine students present an illustration of “Old Red” to State Rep. Mayes Middleton, R-Wallisville. UTMB students visited the Texas Legislature in early March as part of the Texas Medical Association’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol event. According to the TMA, the March 5 event gave physicians in training a chance to meet with legislators to discuss issues related to medicine and the future of practicing in the state.
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    Best Care part of culture within CMC

    March 14, 2019, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Favour Onwukwe, a nurse in a Hospital Galveston facility known as 7A, is just one of the 3,000 CMC employees who provides constitutionally mandated levels of care to more than two-thirds of the state’s incarcerated offenders.
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    Scientists gain new insight on triggers for pre-term birth

    March 13, 2019, 11:10 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Scientists have gained new insight on a poorly understood key player in the timing of labor and delivery, bringing researchers closer to being able to prevent pre-term births.
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    Hidden Talent: Dr. Ford Ben-Okoli

    March 6, 2019, 15:32 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Dr. Ford Ben-Okoli, second-year UTMB family medicine resident, shares his passion for dance with other members of the UTMB community as one of three instructors of the social dance class offered weekly at the UTMB Alumni Field House.
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    A day in the life of a Principal facilities project manager

    February 27, 2019, 12:59 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Leonard LaComb, a principal facilities project manager for UTMB Design and Construction, oversees the exterior construction of the new South Tower that will add five stories and boost the patient bed count to nearly 100 as the campus rapidly expands to meet growing patient demand.
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    Working Wonders - February 2019

    February 27, 2019, 11:10 AM by Impact team
    UTMB is now the only institution in the Greater Houston Area—and one of only five in Texas—to be fully recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). More than 84 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes), heart disease and stroke, making this program particularly significant in improving health in our communities. Congratulations to the following UTMB team members for making the CDC full recognition a reality: Dr. Nicola Abate, professor and chief in the UTMB Division of Endocrinology; Dr. Hanaa Sallam, research scientist and coordinator of UTMB’s Diabetes Prevention Program; Michael Washburn, program manager of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus Community Resources, Wellness and Volunteer Services; Dr. Raquel Pena, research scientist in the UTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president, Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs; Dr. Michelle Sierpina, founding director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); Dr. Cynthia Judice, chief medical officer for UTMB’s Primary Care Services and Community-Based Clinics; Dr. Hani Serag, research fellow in the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs; Gene Felter, business manager for UTMB divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology; Ann Varghese, director of Ambulatory Operations; and Julie Kuper, business coordinator in the Division of Endocrinology.
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    Hidden Talent: Stephen Pearson

    February 25, 2019, 15:32 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Stephen Pearson, a construction inspector with UTMB Design & Construction, has built more than 4,000 surfboards by hand.
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    A day in the life of a Point-of-care-testing technical supervisor

    January 30, 2019, 21:30 PM by Jessica Wyble
    At the start of every day, Rina Kalariya sits at her desk checking the latest performance reports for the point-of-care-testing (POCT) equipment she helps maintain and manage. It’s just one part of her role as technical supervisor for the POCT group within UTMB’s Laboratory Services department, but it’s an important one. “It’s my job to do this initial review every day to ensure there are no outliers [out-of-the-ordinary figures] and that the machines are producing accurate results,” says Kalariya. Producing rapid results and taking place as the patient is receiving care, POCT allows patients to receive faster diagnoses. This means they can more quickly receive the appropriate care they need. To perform this type of diagnostic screening, UTMB has specialized equipment that receives routine quality control checks and maintenance.
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    Driven by Data: Using UTMB Discover to reduce readmissions, deliver Best Care

    January 29, 2019, 14:09 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Defined as patients who return to the hospital within 30 days of their most recent discharge, 30-day readmissions at UTMB have been on the decline recently—boasting a 14.5 percent drop over the last two years. This notable trend has saved the institution nearly $2 million and was made possible in part by the development of programs and operational measures identified through the use of the Readmissions Explorer Application within UTMB Discover--an enterprise data warehouse and analytical toolkit that, through the use of various applications within it, aggregates real-time, accurate data generated by UTMB’s mission areas.
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    Construction Update

    January 8, 2019, 16:13 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Facilities construction continues across UTMB, including the new Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus and expansion on the League City Campus. Here’s a closer look at the construction projects ongoing at UTMB.
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    Pulse video update for January

    January 4, 2019, 20:15 PM by Staff reports
    President David Callender launched his “Pulse” video update series last year to keep the UTMB family up-to-date on issues affecting the organization.
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    Hidden Talent: Nicole Mendell and Christopher Smith Gonzalez

    January 3, 2019, 15:32 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Life partners for nearly a decade, Nicole Mendell and Christopher Smith Gonzalez share many things—a house, a car, a daughter. The list goes on, as the duo even shares an employer, UTMB. But what seems to bring them together the most is a passion for music—a passion they feed by performing together regularly in the local band Kevin Anthony & G-Town.
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    Tips for battling the winter blues

    January 2, 2019, 15:47 PM by By Dr. Derek Neal
    Eating a balanced diet is important to provide energy, improve health and decrease risk for certain diseases. Women have special nutrient needs that change at each stage in life.
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    UTMB Trivia-January

    January 1, 2019, 09:19 AM by Stephen Hadley
    The Health Education Center, under construction now on UTMB’s Galveston Campus, will provide students with myriad interprofessional educational opportunities when it opens this fall.
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    From the President

    December 31, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we reach the end of another calendar year, one in which we continued to work together to fulfill our mission in remarkable ways despite some challenges we faced along the way.
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    A day in the life of a CMC dentist

    December 30, 2018, 21:30 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Dr. Joseph Sheringo is one of 74 dentists practicing in UTMB-CMC Dental Services, which also employs 26 dental hygienists and 112 dental assistants who together provide care to the majority of the prison population in the state of Texas.
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    UTMB researchers discover ways to cut costs of vaccine production, storage

    December 28, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed a less expensive way to produce vaccines that cuts the cost of vaccine production and storage by 80 percent without decreasing safety or effectiveness.
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    Improving patient access

    December 27, 2018, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Over the past couple of years, UTMB has changed how it approaches the delivery of care to patients, particularly as it relates to improving access. That work was recognized in October when UTMB’s Ambulatory Operations— medical care provided on an outpatient basis in primary and specialty care clinics—was ranked 12th of 48 academic medical centers nationally that took part in the FY18 Vizient Ambulatory Quality and Accountability survey and achieved four-star performance.
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