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    From the President

    October 19, 2016, 10:15 AM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This edition features articles about some of the people and initiatives that are contributing to our mission of becoming one of the leading academic medical centers in the U.S.
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    Working Wonders

    October 19, 2016, 10:14 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Annette Macias Hoag, associate vice president, Health System Operations and associate chief nursing officer, and Christine Wade, director of Patient Care Services and assistant chief nursing officer for Emergency Services, chaired the 20th annual American Heart Associations’ Black Tie and Boots Gala on Sept. 17 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
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  • Dr. Walser

    Best Care in Action: Face-to-face communication improves radiology care

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Face-to-face communication is important to UTMB’s Chair of Radiology, Dr. Eric Walser. Since the opening of the Jennie Sealy Hospital, Walser has made it a daily habit to trek from his office in the University Health Clinics building to the new hospital, where he makes a stop on most floors to talk directly with physicians, nursing staff and patients.
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  • CMCAwardWinners

    Being the best in correctional managed care

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This year’s CMC Summer Conference in Houston began with an introduction to UTMB’s top priority for 2017: Best Care. Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer for UTMB Health, spoke about the efforts to achieve a top 20 ranking among academic medical centers by fiscal year 2018, and explained how CMC employees fit into the initiative.
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    A day in the life of a sign language interpreter

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eileen Schubert’s fingers rapidly flip and bend as she uses her hands to explain a doctor’s instructions to a patient. As a certified American Sign Language interpreter at UTMB, Schubert connects the deaf and hearing worlds, bridging communication gaps between medical staff and patients or caregivers who are hearing impaired.
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  • Rebecca Saavedra

    Spotlight on Rebecca Saavedra, vice president for Strategic Management

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As Vice President for Strategic Management, Rebecca Saavedra, EdD, provides support to fellow members of the executive leadership team to develop, manage and execute UTMB’s strategic plan. In addition, she leads efforts to enhance accountability, assessment and performance improvement initiatives. She has served as co-chair of the Professionalism Committee since 2000.
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  • UTMB Nurse Latha Joy administers the HPV vaccine to patient Evelyn Perez while Dr. Abbey Berenson explains that a series of three injections is necessary for complete protection.

    Baby's checkup and a shot for mom

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    In the first months of a baby’s life, parents usually concentrate on their newborn’s health. But the postpartum period is also a good time for mom to catch up on an important vaccination for herself. The many doctor’s visits needed for a newborn present a convenient way for mom to get all three shots of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
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    Research Briefs

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by User Not Found
    Dr. Elena Volpi, director of UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging, received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging for a five-year project that will identify the mechanisms that can accelerate loss of muscle size, strength and physical function in older adults with Type 2 diabetes and those who have been hospitalized.
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    Incorporating empathy, cultural competence in medicine

    October 19, 2016, 10:11 AM by Stephen Hadley
    This year’s event marked the 20th year anniversary of the essay contest and awards ceremony. The program, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Hispanic Center of Excellence under the direction of Dr. Norma Pérez, recognizes a student “who demonstrates commitments to providing quality health care to all by incorporating cultural competence in his or her service to others.
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  • President's Cabinet Awards 2016

    2016 President's Cabinet Awards

    October 19, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Twenty-one UTMB faculty, staff and students recently received UTMB President’s Cabinet awards for projects that promote outreach, education and improved patient care in the community. The nine funded projects total more than $200,000 and were presented during a banquet on Sept. 9 at The San Luis Resort in Galveston.
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  • Urgent Care Clinic

    We're Growing! New clinics open on the Mainland

    October 19, 2016, 10:11 AM by User Not Found
    The new Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic is located in Texas City in the current Primary and Specialty Care Clinic.
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    Give with your heart: Support the 2016 SECC

    October 19, 2016, 10:10 AM by User Not Found
    The State Employee Charitable Campaign returns to UTMB this month, and it promises to raise more than just dollars. With a zombie and Halloween-inspired theme, it’ll be spooky and it’ll be fun. But most importantly, it’ll provide UTMB’s incredibly generous workforce an easy way to put their dollars to work for good, for the communities and causes that matter to them.
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  • Health Communication

    Top tips for communicating with your health care team

    October 19, 2016, 10:10 AM by Savannah Parks, UTMB Health Resource Center
    The following tips can help improve communication with your health care team—and ultimately help you take charge of your own health by becoming a better informed, more engaged patient.
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  • Flu Shots

    Fight the flu!

    October 19, 2016, 10:09 AM by User Not Found
    Tammy Canales, a senior business coordinator for Radiation Oncology, smiles as she waits to receive a flu shot from Richard Bond, LVN. Free flu shots were available beginning Sept. 13 for all UTMB employees, retirees and volunteers.
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    From the President

    September 22, 2016, 11:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Happy New (Fiscal) Year! The past year has been one of tremendous growth, significant research breakthroughs and excellence in educating the future generation of health care professionals.
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    Working Wonders - September

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Texas Space Grant Consortium recently awarded scholarships for the upcoming academic year to two UTMB students. Armando Elizondo, a medical student, received a $1,500 STEM Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship. Brooke Barnette, a biochemistry and molecular biology student, received a $5,000 fellowship grant. Part of the consortium’s mission is to promote high-quality, graduate-level space research.
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    Research Briefs - September

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by User Not Found
    Thomas Geisbert, PhD, in collaboration with Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, has protected nonhuman primates against Ebola Sudan four days after exposure to the virus. The study results, which were recently published in Nature Microbiology, demonstrated that the treatment was effective at a point when animals had detectable levels of the virus in their system and were at an advanced stage of disease.
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    Best Care: All UTMB employees are needed to achieve goal

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Every employee at UTMB contributes to patient care. Whether you work directly with patients on a daily basis or not—each person who wears a UTMB badge impacts the overall patient experience on some level.
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  • Broken iPhone

    Digital forms of dating violence on the rise: What school nurses need to know

    September 22, 2016, 11:09 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Many teens experience physical or sexual abuse within their romantic relationships, and now dating violence can also be perpetrated digitally by harassing, stalking or controlling a romantic partner via technology and social media.
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  • Otis Johnson

    A day in the life of a print shop manager

    September 22, 2016, 11:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Otis Johnson stands next to a large printing press that arrived at UTMB just before he did—nearly 30 years ago. It’s a daily reminder of how far printing and graphic design has come since he started his career as a press operator.
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  • Carrie King and her 11-year-old daughter, Anna Xia.

    Spotlight on Carrie King, senior vice president and general counsel

    September 22, 2016, 11:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Carolee “Carrie” King has been at UTMB since 2008 and serves as senior vice president and general counsel for the university. Her expertise includes health care and regulatory law, hospital compliance, fraud and abuse, technology and commercialization, medical liability and legal issues regarding physician practice and clinical research.
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  • UT Learning Zone

    Professional development now just a click away

    September 22, 2016, 11:08 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Responding to employee requests for additional professional development opportunities, UTMB launched an extensive online library of books, training courses, videos and other learning assets in July.
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    Superhero Hideout: UTMB students help create special place for children at the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston

    September 22, 2016, 11:05 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Inside the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, there’s now a special room for children who are facing a life-threatening illness or disability to rest and regain their superhero powers. It’s called the “Superhero Hideout” and it’s thanks to the UTMB Physician Assistant Class of 2017 in the School of Health Professions, in collaboration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants organization.
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    Living the dream: SHP graduate overcomes hardships to pursue career in health care

    September 22, 2016, 11:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Becoming a health care professional has always been a dream for Robert Guedea. But when he received a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care at the School of Health Professions graduation ceremony on Aug.12, it became a reality—one he previously thought was beyond reach.
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  • Ergonomics

    Top tips for staying comfortable at work

    September 22, 2016, 11:01 AM by Lela Lockett-Ware, certified ergonomics assessment specialist and institutional ADA officer
    Whether you sit or stand, have a desk job or provide patient care, a comfortable workspace can help you feel your best. Following some of these ergonomic tips will help to decrease fatigue, discomfort and physical stress while increasing comfort and productivity.
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  • MakerHealth

    Reshaping health care with 3D printing

    September 22, 2016, 11:00 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Andrew Maxwell-Parish, MakerHealth Space manager, shows incoming UTMB students how a 3D printer can be used to create medical devices and organ models.
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    From the President

    August 17, 2016, 13:58 PM by User Not Found
    We are nearing the end of another fiscal year and what a year it has been. From the opening of Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston in April to the first patient at our new League City Campus Hospital in June, there has been much to celebrate. I’d like to thank you for making this 125th year a remarkable one at UTMB as we’ve continued to build on our legacy of excellence in education, research and patient care.
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    Working Wonders - August

    August 17, 2016, 13:58 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Maureen Wilder, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, associate professor and Master’s Program director in the School of Nursing, was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration entitled, “Adding Practice Partnerships for Learning to Advance Underserved Service Efficiency.”
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  • Jody Domingue receives cancer care treatment at UTMB

    Compassionate care inspires cancer patient to give back

    August 17, 2016, 13:57 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Gwyn Richardson hears a bell ring at UTMB’s Cancer Center in Galveston or League City, it’s music to her ears. “It’s a happy, happy sound,” said Richardson, a gynecologic oncologist and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “It signifies the end of cancer treatment and has been a UTMB tradition for many years. Patients also ring a bell when they reach certain milestones, such as one-year or five-year anniversaries being cancer-free.”
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    Finishing strong: New service offered for runners could help prevent injury, improve efficiency

    August 17, 2016, 13:57 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Are you a serious runner who always gets aches and pains at mile 14 of a marathon? Are you looking to improve your form and shed a few seconds off your 10K personal record? If so, a video running analysis could help. The analysis is a new service now offered by UTMB’s Occupational and Physical Therapy Clinic in Galveston.
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