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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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Salmonella

    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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