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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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  • Callender, David15

    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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  • LaurenSheer2

    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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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    February 17, 2017, 16:16 PM by User Not Found
    The Feb. 2 Town Hall covered a lot of ground regarding UTMB’s current state and plans for the future. Despite this being a challenging time for the state’s budget, our university is strong.
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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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  • JudyandDog

    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

    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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  • NICU

    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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  • MichelleConley159

    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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  • UTVirtualHealthNetwork

    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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  • Zikarooney

    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

    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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