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  • PhileshaEvans

    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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  • HR Meeting

    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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  • Brain

    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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  • Healthyheart

    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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    A day in the life of Food and Nutrition Services

    January 20, 2016, 15:27 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Rebecca Carson and Katrina Lightbourn are the brightest parts of the day for many patients at UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital. They don’t provide direct patient care, but what they do as UTMB and Morrison Healthcare Food and Nutrition Services employees plays a major role in helping patients—from children to seniors—stay healthy and recover from medical procedures and illnesses.
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    Team at Angleton Danbury Campus helps patients navigate their way to good health

    January 20, 2016, 14:40 PM by
    Each day, nurses Cheryl Vining and Darlene Carroll take their mission of improving health to community centers and into patient’s homes throughout Brazoria County. As part of the Patient Navigation Team at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, the energetic duo might be attending a health fair, community event or working one-on-one with a patient who needs help in managing a chronic illness.
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    Transforming the Safety Net

    January 20, 2016, 14:34 PM by
    UTMB partnered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to share 1115 Waiver progress at a national forum sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 6–9.
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    Spotlight on Sheila Lidstone, Chief of Staff

    January 20, 2016, 14:27 PM by
    Sheila Lidstone serves as chief of staff to UTMB President David L. Callender. A fifth-generation BOI, she graduated from Ball High School and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Houston—the first in her family to complete college.
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    Not quite according to plan

    January 20, 2016, 14:10 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “The best laid plans often go astray.” Erin Lindsey would know. As a midwife at UTMB, she’s seen carefully thought-out birth plans turn into emergency cesarean sections and “Plan Bs,” but she never expected that to happen during her own pregnancy.
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    New Year, healthier you

    January 19, 2016, 16:37 PM by Gerald Cleveland
    Consider these 10 strategies to help you get 2016 off to a healthy start including tips for mental and physical health for the new year.
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    A Pretty RAD Class

    January 19, 2016, 15:55 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This 12-hour basic self-defense class is designed for women and provides personal safety education through a blend of threat-avoidance strategies and real-world assault-resistance tactics.
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    VetsRG receives ERG Leadership Excellence Award

    January 19, 2016, 15:50 PM by
    The National Diversity Council recently recognized UTMB’s Veterans Resource Group (VetsRG) as one of the top Employee Resource Groups in Texas.
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    Online toolkit promotes diversity & inclusion

    January 19, 2016, 15:44 PM by
    UTMB’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently launched the Strategic Diversity and Compliance Toolkit, a Web-based library of resources designed to provide UTMB employees with support tools and strategies for addressing workforce diversity and inclusion.
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    The Sealy & Smith Foundation contributes $1 million to honor Dr. Courtney M. Townsend Jr.

    January 19, 2016, 15:20 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    The Sealy & Smith Foundation recently contributed $1 million to establish an endowed chair in honor of Dr. Courtney M. Townsend Jr.
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    The Road Ahead for 2016-2018

    January 19, 2016, 15:14 PM by
    UTMB’s institutional vision, The Road Ahead, has been updated for 2016–2018. It outlines UTMB’s goals and strategies among four essential, strategic priorities: People, Value, Strategic Management and Growth, Resources.
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    What pushes your button?

    January 19, 2016, 15:09 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    We all have our own unique emotional triggers. Maybe it’s lack of punctuality, sarcasm or inappropriate language that pushes your buttons. But how do you deal with those situations when they arise? Do you let anger take over and derail the rest of the day?
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    SHP students make holidays bright for one patient

    January 19, 2016, 14:55 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Just before the holidays, members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association in the School of Health Professions helped make the season a little brighter for one of their St. Vincent’s House Clinic clients.
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  • Research Briefs: Jeff Temple, Dr. Allen Brasier, Dr. Ana M. Rodriguez and Slobodan Paessler

    January 19, 2016, 14:50 PM by Donna Ramirez and Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Jeff Temple, PhD, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has found that teens who are involved in dating abuse—as either the perpetrator or the victim—are more likely to also be involved in cyberdating abuse.
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    Lussier promoted to associate vice president of Health Systems Operations

    January 19, 2016, 14:41 PM by
    Amy Lussier was recently promoted to associate vice president, Health Systems Operations. Lussier’s responsibilities will include the League City Hospital and Perioperative and Endoscopy Services.
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    Escobar elected as officer in American College of Health Care

    January 19, 2016, 14:39 PM by
    Carlos Escobar, associate vice president of Business Operations and Facilities, was recently elected to be an officer for the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executive’s Board of Directors.
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