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  • HR Hooligans

    Parting shot: Let's play ball!

    June 21, 2016, 14:41 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On May 25, six teams kicked off UTMB’s 2016 Co-Ed Softball League. More than 100 UTMB students, faculty, staff, contract employees and their families play games every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UTMB Fieldhouse fields through July.
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    From the President

    May 17, 2016, 10:19 AM by User Not Found
    Many of you may know that this October marks the 125th anniversary of the first meeting of the founding members of the University of Texas Medical Department at Old Red. The past few months also have included some new historic milestones for UTMB as we opened the state-of-the-art Jennie Sealy Hospital in April and held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new League City Hospital earlier this month.
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  • Quality&Safety

    Information is Power: UTMB transparency initiative informs patients, improves care

    May 17, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you want to buy a new car or try a new restaurant, do you look at online reviews before making a decision? For a growing number of people, the answer is yes. But what about medical procedures?
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    UTMB President David Callender’s ‘Way to Go Award!’ winners

    May 17, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Keykoca Johnson, a patient care technician in the Mother Baby Unit, recently received the award for her quick actions and exceptional patient care, which resulted in a positive outcome for both mother and baby when a 12-day-old infant experienced respiratory difficulty and needed immediate attention.
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  • Rakez Kayed, PhD, (left) does an interview with journalist Stone Phillips about cutting-edge neurodegenerative research being done at UTMB.

    A personal journey: UTMB’s neurodegenerative research attracts world-renowned journalist

    May 17, 2016, 10:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A five-person crew carrying loads of camera and lighting equipment headed up to the lab of Rakez Kayed, PhD, on the 10th floor of the Medical Research Building on UTMB’s Galveston Campus. Leading the way was well-known national reporter and correspondent, Stone Phillips.
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    Research Briefs

    May 17, 2016, 10:09 AM by User Not Found
    An interdisciplinary research team has made a discovery that could lead to the development of a treatment for a deadly virus spread by rodents. Thomas Geisbert, PhD, professor of Microbiology and Immunology, reports that a laboratory-engineered antibody provided complete protection against the deadly Junin virus responsible for Argentine hemorrhagic fever.
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    A day in the life of a CMC telepsychiatrist

    May 17, 2016, 10:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Pradan Nathan used to drive hundreds of miles to see psychiatric patients at Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units across the state. These days, he doesn’t drive at all. As a telepsychiatrist for UTMB Correctional Managed Care, Nathan sees up to 20 patients a day in the comfort and safety of his office in Conroe.
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    UTMB nursing graduate beats the odds: Father of four graduates with honors

    May 17, 2016, 10:07 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    It’s been a very long road for Galveston’s Hunter Cherryhomes. When he walked across stage at UTMB’s School of Nursing graduation ceremony on April 29, getting his degree was definitely the high point of a long journey.
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  • SON Nurses

    New UTMB program focused on hiring SON graduates

    May 17, 2016, 10:06 AM by Stephen Hadley
    To meet the growing demand for skilled and well-trained nurses in a highly competitive job market, UTMB Health launched an initiative this year to hire new nursing graduates from UTMB’s School of Nursing.
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    Spotlight on Tom Ksiazek, director of high-containment laboratory operations, Galveston National Laboratory

    May 17, 2016, 10:03 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Thomas Ksiazek, DVM, PhD, is a world-renowned virus expert with 40 years of experience on the front lines of some of the worst outbreaks the world has ever seen. He currently serves as director of high-containment laboratory operations for the Galveston National Laboratory, as well as professor in the departments of Pathology and Microbiology and Immunology.
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  • Dr. Sally Robinson (first row, center) and her colleagues wearing “Team Robinson” shirts.

    Celebrating 21,960 years of employee service

    May 17, 2016, 10:00 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It was a party atmosphere as more than 1,600 UTMB employees were celebrated for reaching important milestones in their careers during the annual Employee Service Day ceremony on April 13 at Levin Hall. Collectively, the employees represented 21,960 years of service to UTMB and its mission. Special service pins were presented in five-year increments, with 50 years being the longest tenure honored at the ceremony.
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    Second phase of John Sealy Hospital modernization underway

    May 17, 2016, 09:59 AM by Stephen Hadley
    When the second phase of the John Sealy Hospital modernization project is finished in 2020, the facade of the towers will look similar to Jennie Sealy Hospital, complete with gleaming glass running the building’s length and new brick to match the hue of the newest arrival to the Galveston campus.
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  • StebleinFamily

    UTMB Earth Day celebration marks 24th year, pays tribute to “the man who started it all”

    May 17, 2016, 09:58 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The courtyard outside of the Moody Medical Library was full of vendor booths, spectators, food trucks and live music as UTMB celebrated its 24th annual Earth Day celebration on April 22. Only one person was missing. Ken Steblein, UTMB’s recycling coordinator who started the annual event back in 1992, passed away on April 16 following an 18-month battle with cancer.
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    Working Wonders - May

    May 17, 2016, 09:57 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ann Varghese, director of Ambulatory Operations at the Angleton Danbury Campus, was recognized as one of the Brazosport Facts newspaper’s “Leaders Under 40.” Facts editor Yvonne Montz surprised Varghese with a plaque on April 18. Leaders were nominated by the community and were included in a special section of the newspaper on May 15.
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  • Pelicthlete

    7 Tips to get moving in may!

    May 17, 2016, 09:55 AM by Chad Davenport, UTMB Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
    May is national Physical Fitness and Sports Month and a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. The tips below can help people of all ages and body types not only get fit, but also reduce stress, lose weight and gain energy!
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  • LCC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    The ribbon is cut!

    May 17, 2016, 09:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB President David Callender cuts the ribbon on May 3 for the new League City Campus Hospital. A crowd of local dignitaries, UTMB leaders, staff and many friends from throughout the community attended the ceremony, which also included tours of the three-story hospital.
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    From the President

    April 20, 2016, 09:32 AM by User Not Found
    By the time this issue of Impact hits newsstands, UTMB will have safely transferred 185 patients from adult medical, surgical and intensive care units in John Sealy Hospital to their new rooms in Jennie Sealy Hospital.
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    Parking Management Plan approved by UTMB leadership

    April 20, 2016, 09:30 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s executive leadership team approved changes to the university’s parking management plan for its three campuses in early March. The changes, which take effect with the start of Fiscal Year 2017 on Sept. 1, include a new web-based validation system for public parking areas on the Galveston and League City campuses, as well as increased rates for some employee, student and patient/visitor parking in Galveston.
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  • WEAR

    Stay A-WEAR to promote workplace security

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Kristen Hensley
    UTMB President David Callender first announced the WEAR initiative in January, to ensure all university faculty, staff, students and contractors consistently display proper identification while on UTMB property.
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  • PushingButtons

    What pushes your button?

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the Professionalism Committee student table on April 6 to talk about what unprofessional behaviors “push their button,” as well as share positive examples of professional behavior. The event led up to UTMB’s fifth biennial Professionalism Summit on April 8, titled “Managing a Respectful Intergenerational and Interprofessional Workforce.”
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  • ADCWomensServices

    Angleton Danbury Campus open house introduces women’s health care team to the community

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Members of the Angleton Danbury community had the opportunity to tour the Peklo Women’s Pavilion on the UTMB Angleton Danbury Campus and meet its physicians and staff during an open house on March 17.
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    Spotlight on Katrina Lambrecht, Angleton Danbury Campus and Institutional Strategic Initiatives

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Since joining UTMB in 2010, Katrina Lambrecht has overseen a host of mission critical initiatives, including the university’s involvement in the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program (1115 Waiver) and the integration of the Angleton Danbury Campus with UTMB. In addition to her role as vice president of Institutional Strategic Initiatives, Lambrecht was named vice president and administrator of the Angleton Danbury Campus in January.
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    Open for Business: April 9 patient move ushers in opening of state-of-the-art Jennie Sealy Hospital

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Nearly a decade of planning, years of construction and many months of preparation, culminated with the opening of Jennie Sealy Hospital on April 9. On that day, UTMB safely moved 185 patients from John Sealy Hospital to the new 765,000-square-foot facility that includes12 floors and 252 patient rooms.
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    Research Briefs

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by User Not Found
    Ramkumar Menon, PhD, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has found that higher concentrations of Bisphenol A, or BPA, the common plastics chemical and environmental pollutant, in a pregnant woman’s blood may be a contributing factor in preterm births. The UTMB study found that pregnant women with higher levels of BPA in their blood are more likely to deliver their babies early compared to women with lower levels of BPA.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB archivist

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Ever wondered what it would be like to live on the Moon?” Bobby Marlin asks, as he points to an oversized drawing from the 1950s. It was made by Dr. James Gaume, who was charged with designing the first house in outerspace—before man had even left the atmosphere.
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    From nurse to doctor: UTMB medical student finds her "match"

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Fourth-year medical student Agnes Usoro looked calm as she waited to receive the envelope that would reveal her fate for the next three to seven years.
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  • Graduate student Chris Roundy checks one of the 20 mosquito traps located on Galveston Island.

    Trappings of Research: Graduate student sets up mosquito traps to help with arbovirus research

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Stephen Hadley
    It’s early morning as Chris Roundy methodically checks the small black traps in a Galveston backyard, looking intently for the tiny treasures that might help scientists researching arboviruses, including Zika and dengue fever.
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  • The patient assistance team (left-right): Laura Muruato, Ashley Halbert, Amerisa Waters, James Truong and Erin Dinehart. Not pictured: Adriene Eastaway, Atul Gupta and Russell Purpura.

    Rx within reach: St. Vincent's Student Clinic helps patient access medications they need but can't afford

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A team of student volunteers at St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic in Galveston are working to make sure patients don’t have to choose between filling their prescriptions or buying food.
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  • UTMB Police Canine Officer Wesley Braunsdorf and his partner, Noey.

    An officer and his canine companion: Risking life and paw to protect

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    You’ll never see one without the other. Whether tracking a fleeing crime suspect at 3 a.m. or spending a quiet night at home with family, UTMB Police Canine Officer Wesley Braunsdorf and his four-legged partner, Noey, go everywhere together.
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  • RebeccaCastro

    Working Wonders - April

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by User Not Found
    ebecca Castro, LCSW, was named Social Worker of the Year by the Gulf Coast Branch of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The annual award honors a member who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments. Castro has been at UTMB for more than 20 years, spending 13 years in the Emergency Department before moving to the Community Health Program.
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