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    Working Wonders - February

    February 17, 2017, 16:15 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Medical assistants Sharon Johnson and Jose Gonzalez, and nurse Kelly Snider, received President Callender’s Way to Go Award for making sure Santa stopped at one family’s home this past Christmas.
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    Best Care in Action: UTMB employee exemplifies how compassionate care can help patients—and their beloved pets

    February 17, 2017, 16:14 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Taking care of patients’ four-legged friends is not part of Judy Trevino’s job description. But that didn’t stop the medical lab scientist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus from showing compassion when a newly admitted patient needed help.
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    Innovations in Mind Faculty and Staff Campaign begins

    February 17, 2017, 16:13 PM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB kicked off the Faculty and Staff Campaign for its newest fundraising initiative—Innovations in Mind—at the Feb. 2 Town Hall meeting. The entire $50 million Innovations in Mind initiative will partially support construction of the new Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus, help create faculty endowments and student scholarships, and bolster neurodegenerative disorders research.
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    Working Wonders during John Sealy Hospital fire

    February 17, 2017, 16:12 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford and Simone Parker
    More than 110 patients were safely relocated on Jan. 4 after a fire broke out in a non-patient care area of John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. While the fire was contained to a small area, the smoke was not—requiring full evacuation of both John Sealy Hospital and John Sealy Annex. Hundreds of UTMB employees from all areas of the institution immediately jumped into action, putting their emergency training to use to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors and colleagues.
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    A day in the life of a student recruitment and event coordinator

    February 17, 2017, 16:12 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Michelle Conley loves a good inspirational quote. As a student recruitment and event coordinator for UTMB’s School of Health Professions, her office walls are covered with motivational messages to remind students, colleagues—and herself—that success can be achieved with a positive attitude and hard work.
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    UTMB leading creation of statewide telemedicine network

    February 17, 2017, 16:11 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB physicians have been practicing telemedicine for more than 20 years, delivering care via video conferencing to Texas prison inmates, cruise ship passengers, researchers in Antarctica and patients in rural parts of the state. So it only makes sense for UTMB to lead the coordination and implementation of a UT System initiative connecting all eight UT health care institutions under one statewide telemedicine network.
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    UTMB awarded $10 million from CDC to help stop spread of vector-borne diseases

    February 17, 2017, 16:10 PM by Donna Ramirez
    To help stop the spread of diseases carried by arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded UTMB $10 million to establish the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. The center’s work will protect public health in the region, the nation and beyond.
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    Craig Kovacevich, Waiver Operations and Community Health Plans

    February 17, 2017, 16:09 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Craig Kovacevich serves as UTMB’s associate vice president of Waiver Operations and Community Health Plans. He is also the executive director for UTMB HealthCare Systems, a Texas 501(c)3 corporation. In his roles, Kovacevich directs the daily operations of UTMB HealthCare Systems’ corporate office and provides executive leadership within the department of Waiver Operations.
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    UTMB honors four with MLK awards

    February 17, 2017, 16:08 PM by Simone Parker
    Four UTMB employees and students were honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards Ceremony and Luncheon in January. The annual event celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King by honoring faculty, students and staff who promote diversity, inclusion, civic engagement and service to UTMB and the greater community.
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    The Road Ahead for 2017-2019

    February 17, 2017, 16:07 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB’s institutional vision, The Road Ahead, has been updated for 2017–2019. It outlines four essential strategic priorities—People, Value, Strategic Management and Growth, and Resources—which are the foundation for the institution’s strategic vision and all our efforts to improve lives in an evolving health care landscape.
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  • Professionalism Tips

    Top 10 ways to show respect in the workplace

    February 17, 2017, 16:06 PM by UTMB Professionalism Committee
    A respectful work environment boosts employee morale and creates a more positive, productive workplace. Make professionalism a habit and demonstrate respect with these simple, yet powerful actions.
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    Ready to roll

    February 17, 2017, 16:05 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Transportation staff gather in front of Jennie Sealy Hospital to help move mothers and infants arriving on emergency buses. More than 110 patients were evacuated from John Sealy Hospital after a fire broke out in a non-patient area of John Sealy Hospital on Jan. 4.
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    From the President

    January 19, 2017, 17:34 PM by Dr. David Callender
    This space usually carries a simple Happy New Year message, but with the John Sealy Hospital fire, 2017 got off to a more eventful start than any of us had anticipated. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again acknowledge the many employees who have kept patients, visitors and colleagues safe, fulfilling our mission under extraordinary circumstances.
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    Working Wonders - January

    January 19, 2017, 17:34 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Neil Scofelia, a senior financial analyst with the budget and decision support team, received President David Callender’s Way to Go Award for his hard work and commitment to ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the data UTMB submits to Vizient.
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    Best Care in Action: CMC dialysis team surpasses standard of care, lowers medical costs

    January 19, 2017, 17:34 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The UTMB Correctional Managed Care dialysis team works like a well-oiled machine, seamlessly treating about 46 patients at a time between the Estelle Unit in Huntsville and Carole Young Medical Facility in Dickinson. Dialysis machines run nonstop six days a week between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. to ensure UTMB CMC’s 211 dialysis patients receive care with patient outcomes above state and national standards. The team has found success through interdisciplinary collaboration, innovative use of resources, commitment to excellence and a focus on providing Best Care.
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    Introducing the "UTMB Wonders" brand awareness campaign

    January 19, 2017, 17:33 PM by Mary Havard and KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB launched a new brand awareness campaign this month to help spread the word about the university’s great work. It’s designed to reach those who can benefit most from the many advances UTMB makes every day.
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    Health Education Center to help define future of health care in Texas

    January 19, 2017, 17:33 PM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s new Health Education Center (HEC) will provide the space to accommodate UTMB’s increasing enrollments and employ the advanced technology necessary to train students in an interdisciplinary environment to help Texas meet the rising demand for health care providers in the coming years.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB catering attendant

    January 19, 2017, 17:32 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It’s well before daylight when Julian Ramirez arrives to work on Dec. 16—one of the busiest days of the year for UTMB’s Catering Services. “We’re really running this morning!” he says with a smile as he loads boxes of cutlery and plates into the back of a van.
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    Spotlight on Ann O’Connell, vice president, Ambulatory Operations

    January 19, 2017, 17:32 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ann O’Connell joined UTMB in 2013 as vice president for Ambulatory Operations. Her responsibilities include operational oversight and management of 90 UTMB practice locations both on Galveston Island and the mainland.
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    UTMB develops an oral vaccine against Salmonella

    January 19, 2017, 17:32 PM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed a vaccine against salmonella poisoning designed to be taken by mouth. The findings are detailed in an article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.
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  • Myra Guerra sets up a colposcope, used to perform cervical biopsies and loop electrosurgical excision procedures, before the clinic staff begins to see patients.

    RMCHP clinic provides cancer screenings, fills unique role for women in the Rio Grande Valley

    January 19, 2017, 17:31 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    In a single year, thousands of women will walk through the doors of a nondescript building in downtown McAllen, Texas. That decision could end up saving their lives. The building is one of UTMB’s 13 Regional Maternal and Child Health Program clinics spread out across the state and it serves a unique role for women in the Rio Grande Valley.
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  • Over the holiday season, APA members took part in a local food drive and sponsored an activity cart for UTMB’s ACE Unit.

    Administrative Professionals Association celebrates new name, 60 years at UTMB

    January 19, 2017, 17:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As the new president of UTMB’s Administrative Professionals Association, Florence McMillian is on a mission to build membership and broaden the appeal of the organization. Founded in 1956 as the Secretaries Club, its name was changed to Support Staff Professionals in 2001 when the group grew to include more than secretaries. Today—more than 60 years since its founding—members are celebrating a new name: Administrative Professionals Association (APA).
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    EMERGE Resource Group aims to advance culture of inclusion for next generation of leaders

    January 19, 2017, 17:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    More than 90 members of the UTMB community attended the inaugural meeting of the EMERGE Resource Group on Nov. 30 on the Galveston Campus. As the second employee and student-led resource group to be created by UTMB’s Diversity Council, EMERGE is focused on advancing a culture of inclusion for the university’s next generation of leaders. Its mission is to shape the future of UTMB by inspiring innovation, engagement and learning in a way that connects, aligns and harnesses multigenerational professionals.
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    Achieving Best Care starts with you: Top tips for practicing self-care

    January 19, 2017, 17:30 PM by Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer, UTMB Health System
    As we begin the new year in a positive manner and navigate the challenges we encounter along the road to achieving Best Care, it is important to remember that in addition to being positive with others and maintaining a focused and optimistic outlook, we also need to take care of ourselves. No one can go on endlessly doing for others without also recharging their own batteries. Follow these simple tips every day to feel re-energized.
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    First babies of the new year

    January 16, 2017, 12:07 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Several families rang in the New Year by celebrating the arrival of their newborns at the Galveston, League City and Angleton Danbury campuses.
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    From the President

    December 20, 2016, 14:19 PM by User Not Found
    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 historically significant for UTMB in many ways.
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    Working Wonders - December

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Police Officer Hector Martinez designed a special challenge coin which was selected to commemorate The University of Texas System Police’s 50th anniversary (1967-2017). “The UT System Police are especially proud of the skilled artistry demonstrated by Officer Martinez, for these coins will be circulated across the United States during our anniversary year,” said UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells.
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    Best Care in Action: Multidisciplinary OB Services improvement team strengthens clinical documentation, ensures patient safety

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Providing safe and effective patient care is the top priority for UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. So when they learned UTMB would face penalties of $2.5 million—due to new state rules for Medicaid reimbursement regarding Obstetrical cases for potentially preventable complications (PPCs)—it surprised many.
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    An inside look: Employee Advisory Council visits CMC employees at Huntsville Pharmacy, Polunsky Unit

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Employee Advisory Council members got a closer look at how the Texas prison population receives medications and health care during a recent visit with UTMB Correctional Managed Care employees in Huntsville and Livingston on Oct. 17.
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    Research Briefs - December

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by User Not Found
    UTMB is the winner of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will help Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, PhD, assistant professor at UTMB, and his team pursue an innovative global health and development research project aimed at defining targets for drug development against a diarrhea-causing parasite.
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