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    A day in the life of a transplant coordinator

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    Every day, Jeanene Trochesset sees how organ donation and transplant medicine provide recipients with a second chance at life. She’s spent the last 31 years working in nephrology-based positions at UTMB—from a pediatric dialysis nurse, to her current role as a post-transplant coordinator for UTMB’s kidney and pancreas transplant programs.

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    Spotlight on Dustin Thomas, vice president for Decision Support

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford

    Dustin Thomas joined UTMB in 2016 as the financial executive over forecasting, budgeting and operational analytics. He oversees compilation of UTMB’s annual budget, financial business planning, and the institution-wide strategy for the UTMB Discover data warehouse and suite of analytics applications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

  • (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.

  • 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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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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    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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    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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    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.