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  • SuicidePreventionTips

    Know the signs: Suicide warning signs and prevention tips

    August 18, 2017, 05:53 AM by Dr. Jeff Temple and Lauren Scott, MSW, Behavioral Health and Research Department of Ob/Gyn
    While shows like the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” have been criticized for glamorizing or romanticizing suicide, they have also stirred important conversations about suicide and depression among teens. The fact that about half a million teens every year have thoughts of suicide means that we should be talking about it more.
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  • Waverley Smith Renovation

    A sneak peek

    August 18, 2017, 05:53 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The first phase of renovations to the R. Waverley Smith Pavilion on the Galveston Campus will wrap up in October.
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    From the President

    July 17, 2017, 09:23 AM by User Not Found
    The July 6 Town Hall meeting provided an opportunity to discuss several subjects, including the close of the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature and its impacts on UTMB.
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    Working Wonders - July

    July 17, 2017, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Rebecca Clayton, a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), was one of six finalists nationally to be recognized by American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, during their “Spirit of Caring” contest.
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  • Christine Wade (right) and Pam Cruz (4th from left) with members of the Emergency Department care team.

    Best Care in Action: Curing ER wait times

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Crowding in the emergency room and long wait times seem to be the “norm” at hospitals across the country. But Christine Wade and her colleagues in UTMB’s Emergency Department on the Galveston Campus are working hard to change that perception.
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  • Taylor Deluna holds her diploma after being surprised by UTMB Children’s Hospital staff.

    UTMB Children's Hospital staff plan surprise high school graduation ceremony for patient

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When young patients stay at UTMB Children’s Hospital, important milestones such as birthdays, last days of chemotherapy and even high school graduations don’t go uncelebrated.
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    New cancer drug makes commonly prescribed chemo drug more effective when given together

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Researchers have found a way to increase the effectiveness of a widely used cancer drug while decreasing the risk of heart-damaging side effects, according to a new study by researchers from UTMB and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
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  • Cell

    Research Briefs

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by User Not Found
    Researchers at UTMB may hold the answer to preventing premature cell death. According to Dr. Ken Fujise, head of UTMB’s cardiology division, the key finding of new research is that the protein fortilin plays a role in the death of cells that could help fight cancer or help preserve an organ that will be used in a transplant.
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    A day in the life of a Correctional Managed Care nurse manager

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    After moving to Texas from the Philippines nearly six years ago, Vincent Ong has found his niche. As nurse manager of the Ramsey Cluster, Ong oversees a nursing staff of about 50 UTMB CMC employees who provide care to more than 4,300 offenders.
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  • Sollenberger (middle) stands at the entrance to Jennie Sealy Hospital with Justin Sanchez and Cindy Jones, customer service representatives with Hospital Transportation Services.

    Spotlight on Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer, UTMB Health System

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On June 22, Sollenberger was officially appointed board chair of America’s Essential Hospitals. We had the opportunity to sit down with Sollenberger to talk about her new role leading the board of the national organization, her experiences at UTMB, and a few lessons she’s learned along the way.
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  • SOM graduation 2017

    Congrats, Doc: UTMB School of Medicine graduates more than 200

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    Regardless of whether the 225 graduates of UTMB’s School of Medicine end up working in a modern facility or one with just basic equipment, this year’s commencement speaker had some good advice.
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  • Gold-Headed Cane Award 2017

    Baymon receives highest medical student honor: The Gold-Headed Cane Award

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    School of Medicine graduate Da'Marcus Baymon received this year’s prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award—the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating medical student.
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  • Sunface

    Top tips for a healthy summer

    July 17, 2017, 09:21 AM by Blair H. Brown, registered dietitian nutritionist, UTMB Health Texas Transplant Center
    Summer is officially here! For many, the summer months mean vacations, swimming pools and outdoor barbecues. Follow these helpful tips to keep your health in mind while having fun in the sun.
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  • Hospital Galveston Units 6b and 6c (2)

    Say cheese!

    July 12, 2017, 08:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Employees from the President’s Office and TDCJ Hospital Galveston Units 6B and 6C were happy to strike a pose for “National Selfie Day” on June 21.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    June 20, 2017, 06:21 AM by User Not Found
    On May 31, we honored 1,719 employees who have achieved significant service milestones and 538 GEM card recipients at one of my favorite events of the year—Employee Service Day.
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    Working Wonders

    June 20, 2017, 06:21 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Police Officer Harold Beasley was recognized by the 50 Club of Galves­ton County as one of its Officers of the Year during an awards luncheon at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston on May 4.
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  • Dr. Randall Urban (left) with members of the Daniels Team, Drs. Matthew Mrazek, Megan Berman, Lindsay Sonstein, Brian Harris and Carlos Clark.

    Moving on up! UTMB continues rising in academic medical center rankings, pushes toward Best Care goals

    June 20, 2017, 06:20 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For many months, UTMB’s Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer Dr. Gulshan Sharma has been living and breathing UTMB’s No. 1 priority goal—the Best Care initiative, which challenges UTMB to achieve a top 20 ranking among academic medical centers by 2018.
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  • Celia Enriquez and her baby, Ariabella

    Breaking the cycle: BAMBI program helps female offenders bond with their newborns, reduces recidivism

    June 20, 2017, 06:20 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    From the moment a woman and her infant arrive at the Santa Maria Hostel in Houston, Liz Moore works to break a cycle—the cycle of incarceration.
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    Pregnant women unaware how Zika virus can spread, survey finds

    June 20, 2017, 06:16 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Pregnant women at risk of Zika virus infection may not be aware of the various ways the virus is spread or be taking the proper preventive measures. A survey conducted by UTMB researchers focused on pregnant women in Southeast Texas.
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    A day in the life of a linen services technician

    June 20, 2017, 06:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Glynnis Glover doesn’t need an alarm clock to wake up for her 3 a.m. shift—she’s naturally full of energy and looks forward to each new day.
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  • Mari Robinson and her husband, Greg Ritzen, on vacation at a local winery in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico.

    Spotlight on Mari Robinson, director of telehealth

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Mari Robinson, JD, joined UTMB in October 2016 as director of telehealth. In her role, Robin­son guides UTMB regarding policy and regulatory issues surrounding telehealth and assists in developing partnerships across Texas to expand health care to those in rural and remote areas of the state.
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  • Dr. Callender (left) with 45-year employees Dr. Joan Richardson, Dr. Barbara Thompson, Johnny Peterson, PhD, and Shirley McGraw.

    Employee Service Day celebrates 22,135 years of employee service

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    More than 1,700 UTMB employees were recognized for reaching important milestones in their careers during a festive Employee Service Day ceremony on May 31 on the Gal­veston Campus.
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  • Emily Blomberg (left) shadowed nurse Stacey Robinson during a total knee surgery.

    Walking in a nurse's shoes: UTMB leaders gain insight from front-line nurses during Nurses Week and Health System Week 2017

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Stacey Robinson became a nurse not only because she is an adrenaline junkie, but also because she wants to make a difference.
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    UTMB Graduate School awards 49 degrees at commencement

    June 20, 2017, 06:14 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 49 degrees during its commencement ceremony on May 19 in Levin Hall. Chief Research Officer, Senior Vice President and Dean, David W. Niesel, presided over the convocation.
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    Fast-track learning: Mini Medical School at UTMB's Angleton Danbury Campus graduates first class

    June 20, 2017, 06:14 AM by Simone Parker
    UTMB’s Mini Medical School graduated its first class at the Angleton Danbury Campus on April 26, which included nearly 60 participants from working professionals and community leaders to retired seniors and high school students.
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  • John Sealy Hospital Modernization

    Construction Update

    June 20, 2017, 06:13 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s three campuses continue to experience growth and expansion. The following are some of the projects currently underway at the institution.
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  • Mosquito

    Top tips to protect yourself from the Zika virus

    June 20, 2017, 06:13 AM by Scott Weaver, PhD, director of the UTMB Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and scientific director of the Galveston National Laboratory; and Dr. George Saade, professor and division chief of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UTMB
    As Texas weather heats up for the summer, mosquitoes that carry Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses become more active and abundant.
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    One year and growing!

    June 20, 2017, 06:12 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As UTMB’s League City Campus Hospital celebrates its one-year anniversary in June, all eyes are on the future.
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    Take the Impact survey: It's time to hear from you!

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Now that we’ve published nearly two dozen print issues, it’s time to hear from you! Visit iUTMB for a link to the online survey, as well as a printable PDF version.
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    From the President

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This edition highlights another Best Care in Action showing how UTMB’s Rehabilitation Services team revamped a “boot camp” class for knee- and hip-replacement candidates that has improved the overall patient experience and outcomes.
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