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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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    UTMB Volunteers and Angleton Danbury Campus Auxiliary: A Work of Heart

    March 21, 2016, 08:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    More than 350 active volunteers, including those in Galveston and League City and members of the Angleton Danbury Campus Auxiliary, give their time, energy and passion to serve patients and their families at UTMB’s three campuses. Whether they’re delivering coffee and seasonal beverages to waiting areas, or providing emotional and spiritual support to patients receiving infusions, volunteers play a vital role in UTMB’s mission to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.
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    On a journey to take health care around the globe

    March 21, 2016, 07:47 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A trip to help build a hospital in India. A summer spent walking from village to village in mountainous Appalachia, providing health care to underserved populations. Those were the defining moments, years ago, when Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer found their passion for traveling and helping the less fortunate.
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    Jennie Sealy Hospital dedication celebrates UTMB’s resilience and vision

    March 21, 2016, 07:46 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Welcome to your new Jennie Sealy Hospital—an indelible sign of what vision and hope and hard work can inspire.” President David Callender’s remarks drew a standing ovation from a crowd of about 700 state and local dignitaries, UTMB employees, students, friends and volunteers who gathered in the spacious second floor concourse of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital to witness its formal dedication on Feb. 26.
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    Eight tips to save your vision

    March 21, 2016, 07:44 AM by Matthew Crookston, OD
    March is National Save Your Vision Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. While not all eye diseases can be prevented, you can take steps now to help keep your eyes healthy and reduce the chances of vision loss in the future.
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    Fine art is good medicine.

    March 21, 2016, 07:43 AM by User Not Found
    Evidence shows art is an important component of a healing environment. The new Jennie Sealy Hospital features more than 1,000 pieces of art exuding a calming, coastal vibe. The art decorating the interior of the hospital comes from dozens of artists—about half of whom are from the Houston and Galveston area—and includes paintings, photographs and larger installation pieces.
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    Working Wonders - March

    March 21, 2016, 07:43 AM by User Not Found
    Becker’s Hospital Review has named Cheryl Sadro, CPA, executive vice president and chief business and finance officer at UTMB, one of its “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” The annual list recognizes leaders for their management and leadership skills, as well as career accomplishments.
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    From the President

    February 18, 2016, 10:19 AM by Dr. David Callender
    These are exciting times to be a part of the UTMB family. Later this month, we’ll unveil Jennie Sealy Hospital with an employee open house, a formal dedication ceremony and community open house.
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    Solving an age-old issue: Keeping seniors healthy for longer

    February 18, 2016, 10:19 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ten thousand baby boomers will turn 65 every day through 2030, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s a sobering statistic that shows older adults are becoming the core consumers of health care. Improving geriatric nursing competence is more critical than ever before—and UTMB is committed to doing just that.
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    A day in the life of Distribution Services

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If anyone knows how much UTMB has grown over the years, it’s Eddie Long. As a senior materials handling tech, he’s worked for the university for nearly 26 years delivering materials, equipment, supplies and records to institutional departments.
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    UTMB researchers at center of Zika virus media coverage

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    CBS Evening News. National Public Radio. NBC Nightly News. The New York Times. Univision. The Washington Post. National Geographic. BBC News. KTRK-TV, Ch. 13Houston. KHOU-TV, Ch. 11 Houston. The Houston Chronicle. When it comes to emerging infectious diseases, local, national and international media outlets are turning to UTMB for accurate information
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    New Comprehensive Eye & Ear Center

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by User Not Found
    The Sealy & Smith Foundation has awarded $3.87 million in funding to establish a comprehensive eye and ear center, which will allow UTMB to consolidate services at the current Eye Center at 700 University Blvd. in Galveston. Under the proposal, 8,000 square feet of the third floor will be reconfigured and renovated in order to relocate the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic and Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic.
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    New MD/PhD in aging-related research

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by Stephen Hadley
    The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging to fund a new MD/PhD program in social and behavioral sciences focused on health disparities in aging. While UTMB has had an MD/PhD combined degree program since 1983 and has educated more than 100 clinician scientists, the new grant will create a similar focus for medical students who want to also become researchers to study public health and social and behavioral sciences.
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    Spotlight on Philesha Evans, HR Corporate Administration

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Philesha Evans has worked at UTMB her entire adult life and has taken on a number of roles and projects since starting off in the Transportation Department and transferring to Human Resources in 1996. She took the time to talk to us about her first impressions of UTMB as a child and the future of UTMB, as well as her extensive shoe collection.
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    UTMB and UH–Clear Lake to Offer MD–MBA Dual Degree Program

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Medical students at UTMB seeking to gain an edge with additional management and finance skills will be able to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Houston–Clear Lake while working on their medical degree. The MD–MBA program is geared toward medical students who wish to go on to private or group practice, health system administration or into the fields of biotechnology, health system management or entrepreneurship aspects of health care.
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    UTMB influencing international standards in human resources

    February 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB recently hosted the International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee 260 (ISO/TC 260) meeting for Human Resource Management. The meeting brought together more than 40 delegates and experts from 13 countries to develop standards involving human governance, recruitment, workforce planning and HR terminology. These standards will provide guidance to HR practitioners across the globe.
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    Jennie Sealy Hospital ceremonies to celebrate opening

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB employees and students—as well as the local community—will have their first chance to see the new Jennie Sealy Hospital up close and personal in late February. Several events will mark the completion of construction and opening of the new 765,000-square-foot hospital, which will accept its first patient on April 9.
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    New parking services will debut in coming months

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Stephen Hadley
    A multitude of parking changes aimed at improving the patient experience and enhancing parking for faculty, staff and students will take effect over the next few months to coincide with the opening of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital.
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    Weekly Relays - 2.0

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Kristen Hensley
    A recent employee survey about Weekly Relays indicated the program is meeting the goal of strengthening internal communications so that employees are better informed, understand how they fit in the UTMB mission, and have a reliable way to voice concerns and get answers to their questions. Results also pointed to some ways the program can be improved. With the one-year anniversary of Weekly Relays, the ICC and Office of Marketing and Communications will be making additional modifications in response to the survey data to make the initiative even better.
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    Research Briefs: Rakez Kayed, Bridget Hawkins, Sapna Kaul, Alex Bukreyev and Ashok Chopra

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Rakez Kayed, PhD, associate professor of Neurology, and Bridget Hawkins, PhD assistant professor of Anesthesiology, have filled an important gap in understanding the link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, UTMB researchers found a toxic form of tau protein that increases after a traumatic brain injury and may contribute to development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition experienced by many professional athletes and military personnel.
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    President's WTGA

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by User Not Found
    President’s “Way to Go” Awards: Dr. David Callender recognized several UTMB employees for their great work during the Jan. 27 Town Hall Meeting.
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  • Bridging the gap: Technology Commercialization Program funds four promising projects

    February 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers are making invaluable discoveries. However, how do the researchers get their breakthroughs out of the laboratory and into the marketplace?
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    Take care of your hardest working muscle: your heart

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by Dr. Sendil Hari Prasad, cardiologist, UTMB Angleton Danbury Campus
    Strive for a heart-healthy weight. Use a Body Mass Index calculator to find out if you’re at a healthy weight. BMI is an indicator of the amount of body fat most people have. If you can reach and maintain a healthy weight (BMI < 25 kg/m2), not only will you have more energy, you’ll also have a reduced risk of heart disease and other cancers.
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    The sky's the limit!

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by User Not Found
    More than 150 CMC managers got a first look at the new Jennie Sealy Hospital during the CMC Winter Conference in Galveston on Jan. 27-28. A “skylight” complete with cloud images adorns the ceiling above an intraoperative MRI in the new hospital. An iMRI is used to get real-time images of the brain during surgery and helps neurosurgeons achieve a more complete removal of some brain tumors. Managers also got a tour of Old Red and Hospital Galveston.
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    UTMB honors MLK’s memory with luncheon, awards ceremony

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Six UTMB employees were honored as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recipients at the annual luncheon in January. The award is presented annually to individuals who carry out Dr. King’s dream and have made a profound difference through dedication and service to UTMB and the greater community.
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    Working Wonders - February

    February 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Officer Wesley Braunsdorf is UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month for February, Katrina Lambrecht is the new vice president and administrator for Angleton Danbury Campus, Steve Schuenke is named Photographer of the Year by the Bay Area Photo Club, and much more...
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    From the President

    January 20, 2016, 15:48 PM by Dr. David L. Callender
    Happy New Year, and welcome to the latest issue of Impact! The beginning of a new year gives us a chance to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous months and look forward to the many opportunities ahead.
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