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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Eight ways to live a greener life

    April 20, 2016, 09:23 AM by Ken Steblein, UTMB recycling coordinator
    Earth Day 2016 is April 22. Lessen your impact on the environment with these eight tips.
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    From the President

    March 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by Dr. David Callender
    On Feb. 26, we ushered in a new era for our health sciences university, with the dedication of the Jennie Sealy Hospital on the Galveston campus. The event marked a major milestone in UTMB’s 125-year history—one made possible by the hard work and determination of untold numbers of UTMB employees, students, alumni, contributors and friends over the past seven-plus years.
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    Going with the patient flow: UTMB’s Patient Placement Center

    March 21, 2016, 08:31 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The phones never stop ringing in UTMB’s Patient Placement Center. Tucked away in a small office near the Emergency Department on UTMB’s Galveston Campus, the PPC is home to 12 staff members who coordinate the admission, discharge and transfer processes for all hospital patients at the Galveston and Angleton Danbury Campuses. It’s a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week job.
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    Correctional Managed Care Awards Employees of the Year

    March 21, 2016, 08:30 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Some of UTMB’s top Correctional Managed Care employees were recognized during CMC’s 2016 Winter Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston on Jan. 28. About 500 CMC employees attended the conference, which consisted of educational breakout sessions and was directed toward multidisciplinary physicians, mid-level providers, nursing and administrative personnel.
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  • DrugPortal

    Virtual drug discovery portal making a global impact

    March 21, 2016, 08:29 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A laptop and Internet access are all researchers need to be on a path to discovering possible new drug candidates to fight a vast number of diseases, including obesity, cancer, influenza, dengue fever and leishmaniasis, a tropical disease transmitted by sand flies.
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    Research Briefs

    March 21, 2016, 08:29 AM by User Not Found
    Patricia Aguilar, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, has found that a recently discovered virus is able to spread to healthy neighboring cells by a mechanism previously unseen in other arthropod-borne viruses. Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) virus, a tick-borne bunyavirus discovered in China that causes severe fever and can lead to death, was first described by a team of scientists, including UTMB experts, in 2011.
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    A day in the life of UTMB's program director of Capital Projects

    March 21, 2016, 08:21 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Jake Wolf walks into the new Jennie Sealy Hospital, he can tell you the story behind every light fixture, piece of furniture and architectural detail that adorns the 765,000-square-foot building. On a Wednesday afternoon in February, I’m lucky enough to have Wolf lead me on a private tour.
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    Initiative paves way for UTMB nurses to obtain BSN degree

    March 21, 2016, 08:20 AM by Stephen Hadley
    For registered nurses, providing care to patients has become increasingly more complex over the last decade. From making critical decisions about patients who are sicker and more frail to dealing with a host of issues that require significant training in analysis and synthesis of extensive patient information, registered nurses are dealing with a rapidly evolving health care system.
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    Spotlight on Amy Lussier, Health System Operations

    March 21, 2016, 08:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Amy Lussier joined UTMB in 2013 as director of Health System Special Projects, serving as a liaison between UTMB and the construction design teams for the League City Campus, Clinical Services Wing and Jennie Sealy Hospital. She recently began her new role as associate vice president of Health System Operations, where her areas of responsibility include the League City Hospital and Perioperative and Endoscopy Services, while continuing her work in the activation of the new facilities.
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