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  • Earth Day 655

    UTMB celebrates Earth Day

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by Simone Parker
    If you’re looking for ways to go green, look no further than UTMB. The university is ranked No. 2 in paper recycling and No. 3 in cardboard recycling among higher education institutions nationwide.
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  • Emergency Prep Tips

    Are you ready? Emergency prep made simple

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by Mike Mastrangelo, program director, Institutional Preparedness
    Hurricane season starts on June 1, but emergencies can come in many forms and in any location year-round—2016 floods and the John Sealy Hospital fire are just two reminders of that fact. Take the following actions now, before an emergency affects your work site or home, to ensure you are prepared.
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  • Therapy Dog

    Keep calm and pet a therapy dog

    May 22, 2017, 07:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    School of Nursing students were greeted by Pet Partners therapy dogs in April as they entered the UTMB Testing Center to take their exams.
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    From the President

    April 20, 2017, 12:51 PM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest edition of Impact! It’s hard to believe we celebrated the opening of the Jennie Sealy Hospital a year ago this month. As patients and families got their first glimpse of the state-of-the-art building, Jennie became a symbol of what vision and hope and hard work can inspire.
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  • Aycock Jeffrey Edward

    Working Wonders

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Two UTMB doctors, Jeffrey Aycock, DMD, an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident, and Dr. Andrew Grant, a professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, were onboard an Atlanta-to-Houston Southwest Airlines flight when a passenger fell ill. Aycock, Grant and nearly 20 other physicians happened to be on their way back from a conference and were able to help.
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  • (Left) SICU employees test out the PACE device. (Right) Kathleen O’Neill (green shirt) stands next to an assistive device with Nursing/SICU emloyees

    The power of collaboration: HR and Nursing Service team up to improve employee safety, patient outcomes

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Mobility is a critical piece of patient recovery. Research shows the earlier a patient gets out of bed and starts moving, the better health outcomes they will experience. However, getting patients mobilized can pose a risk to health care personnel—lifting is dangerous and can lead to employee injuries. A recent collaboration between UTMB Human Resources and Nursing Service is helping to solve that dilemma.
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  • Lung Screening

    Screening to save lives: UTMB program aims to make lung cancer screening as routine as mammograms, colonoscopies

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Lisa Rogers says there’s little doubt in her mind that lung cancer screening saved her life. The 62-year-old Rosharon resident continually battled pneumonia and was in and out of the hospital several times over the past two years. But in February, while in the Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital with complications from pneumonia yet again, Rogers met Dr. Ikenna Okereke, chief of Thoracic Surgery.
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  • MSrisk

    Researchers find new gene interaction associated with increased MS risk

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    A person carrying variants of two particular genes could be almost three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings from scientists at UTMB and Duke University Medical Center.
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  • Vials

    Research Briefs

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by User Not Found
    New research led by Dr. Fangjian Guo, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB, suggests that the increase in women receiving BRCA gene testing may not necessarily mean better diagnosis of those at risk of certain types of cancer.
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    A day in the life of a Labor and Delivery nurse manager

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For more than two decades, Tandra Medellin has been part of patients’ most exhausting and most exhilarating moments—when they welcome their baby (or babies) into the world.
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  • Tony Williams, CMC

    Spotlight on Tony Williams, associate vice president of Inpatient Services, Correctional Managed Care

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Tony Williams joined UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care family more than 20 years ago, as assistant director of health information management. He also served as executive director of clinical programs prior to his current role as associate vice president of Inpatient Services.
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  • Match Day 1

    It's a Match!

    April 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by Simone Parker
    On March 17, more than 200 School of Medicine students gathered in Levin Hall to learn where they will do their post-medical school training, or residencies. Known as “Match Day” across the country, the annual event happens on the third Friday of March each year to announce the results of the National Residents Matching Program.
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  • GEM program

    GEM program encourages employees to recognize co-workers who ‘GO THE EXTRA MILE’

    April 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by Stephen Hadley
    The GEM (Going the Extra Mile) program gives employees, students and volunteers an opportunity to recognize each other for exemplary service and dedication performed in their roles at UTMB. It’s easy to award a GEM card to someone you see going above and beyond.
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  • Women's Clinic

    New UTMB clinics!

    April 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Women's HealthCare Clinic in Friendswood and Angleton Urgent Care Clinic are now open!
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  • Art of Anatomy

    Drop in and Draw Bones: The Art of Anatomy

    April 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by Simone Parker
    Students, faculty and members of the Galveston arts community recently took advantage of a rare opportunity to go inside the top floor of UTMB’s Ashbel Smith Building, known as “Old Red,” on the Galveston Campus for the “Drop in and Draw Bones: The Art of Anatomy” event. More than 90 visitors filled the third floor space, which had tables displaying real human specimens including skulls, a spinal cord, hand, foot and leg bones.
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  • Lifelong learner

    Top 10 characteristics of a lifelong learner

    April 20, 2017, 12:48 PM by Faith Robin, senior talent and organizational development consultant at UTMB
    Lifelong learning blends formal education with continual professional and personal development. The following tips can help you stay connected, stay motivated and identify new ways to grow and develop.
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  • Jennie-Then-Now

    One year and counting...

    April 20, 2017, 12:47 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This month marked the one-year anniversary for UTMB’s Jennie Sealy Hospital, which officially opened to patients on April 9, 2016.
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    From the President

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the latest issue of Impact! This edition highlights several people and initiatives that make UTMB a vibrant institution focused on defining the future of health care in Texas and around the world.
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  • WTGA Ryan Scott

    Working Wonders

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ryan Scott, a research associate in UTMB’s Department of Anesthesiology, Translational Intensive Care Unit, received President Callender’s Way to Go Award for helping a pregnant woman who was having complications and needed medical attention quickly. While walking on the Galveston Campus, he observed the woman in distress and jumped into action, assessing the situation and ensuring that she made it to the Emergency Department—he even parked her car and returned the keys to the patient.
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  • Best Care in Action Hypertension

    Best Care in Action: Getting to the heart of blood pressure control

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    In less than a year, UTMB’s ambulatory clinics have gotten to the heart of a big health issue: hypertension. It’s often symptomless, but can be a dangerous disease—leading to stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease.
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  • AinsworthSzauter

    Inspiring others to give: Husband and wife team up in support of Innovations in Mind Faculty and Staff Campaign

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by Simone Parker
    UTMB holds a special place in the hearts of Drs. Michael Ainsworth and Karen Szauter. It’s where the couple met and married while working as faculty members. And it’s where they continue to fulfill a mission to train the health care workforce of the future.
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    UTMB anesthesiologist develops smart system to monitor patient oxygen levels, improve lung function

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Sometimes, it’s the algorithm that knows best. Dr. Michael Kinsky, a professor in UTMB’s Department of Anesthesiology, has developed a device that can monitor a patient’s oxygen levels and alert medical staff when levels drop and the patient is at risk for pulmonary distress.
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  • Insectary2

    Research Briefs

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Dr. Ping Wu, PhD, professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and Nikos Vasilakis, PhD, associate professor of Pathology, have uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development.
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    A day in the life of Legislative Affairs

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Wearing comfortable shoes should be a job requirement for Lauren Sheer. For the last 10 years, Sheer has helped bring UTMB’s voice to Austin—walking, and sometimes running, back and forth between her office on Congress Avenue and the capitol building.
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  • David Marshall

    Spotlight on David Marshall, chief nursing and patient care services officer

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    David Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, first joined the UTMB family in 1983 as a staff nurse, advancing to the positions of assistant head nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor, nurse administrator and director of nursing. In 2001, he assumed the role of chief nursing officer.
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  • Construction update

    Construction continues to transform UTMB campuses

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by Stephen Hadley
    The waves of construction activity that have punctuated the post-Hurricane Ike era on UTMB’s Galveston Campus—as well as new building on the growing League City Campus—are continuing to transform the institution for current and future generations of health care professionals in Southeast Texas.
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  • Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB, Galveston employees copy

    Help—Just a phone call away: Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB available 24/7 to educate and save lives

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by Simone Parker
    The Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB is a bustling place. The center receives about 120 calls each day about poisonings and toxic exposures from the public and medical health professionals.
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  • Lucy weightlifting

    Pint-sized and powerful: 74-year-old UTMB employee "addicted" to breaking world records in powerlifting

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Lucy McMahon may be pint-sized, but she packs a powerful punch. Standing at 4 feet 10 inches, the 74-year-old UTMB medical interpreter has been traveling across the globe breaking world records in powerlifting.
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  • Urgent Care Clinic

    Urgent Care or ER? A guide to the right care in the right place

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A guide to the right care in the right place.
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    Early blooms

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Roses started blooming early this year at the Gleaves T. James Centennial Rose Garden on UTMB’s Galveston Campus. Philip Fox, a senior landscape technician, has taken care of the garden for more than 20 years and said the roses were “totally confused” by the abnormally warm winter.
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