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    A day in the life of a nurse practitioner at a Regional Maternal and Child Health clinic

    September 16, 2015, 13:40 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It’s not even 8:30 a.m. and Kirsten Emanuel, a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health and OB-GYN at the Regional Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Conroe, is already on her fourth patient of the day. At 26 years old, she is the youngest NP in the building and radiates energy and enthusiasm when she talks about her job, which she’s held for the past year and a half.
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    Spotlight on Ann Varghese, Angleton Danbury Campus

    September 15, 2015, 14:34 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ann Varghese, director of Ambulatory Operations at UTMB Health’s Angleton Danbury Campus, joined the Angleton Danbury Medical Center in 2004 and held a variety of positions, including director of Managed Care and Rehab Services and assistant administrator. In August 2014, she made the transition to UTMB employment as the associate administrator for the ADC.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB photographer

    August 18, 2015, 09:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Coffee, lots and lots of coffee. That’s pretty much the only constant in Mark Kinonen’s work day as a photographer at UTMB. So it only makes sense that I find him – surprise! – drinking industrial-strength coffee in his office on a Friday morning, charging camera batteries for a shoot later that day and jamming out to an eclectic mix of music (think Miles Davis/The Black Keys/Bryan Adams) as he answers emails and gets his creative juices flowing.
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    Spotlight on James LeDuc, Ph.D., director of the Galveston National Laboratory

    August 15, 2015, 14:39 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    James LeDuc, Ph.D., is the director of the Galveston National Laboratory, one of the largest active biocontainment facilities on a U.S. academic campus. LeDuc joined UTMB in late 2006 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he was the influenza coordinator and director of the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases. With more than four decades of experience working in the fields of biodefense and public health, LeDuc’s work has taken him around the world.
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    A day in the life of a nurse manager at the TDCJ Hospital in Galveston

    July 17, 2015, 09:45 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Organized chaos.” That’s how nurse manager Bryan Hicks describes most days at the TDCJ Hospital in Galveston. And when I join him shortly after 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, I quickly understand why.The hospital, which is commonly referred to as “HG” or Hospital Galveston, sees between 200 and 300 patients a day. And by patients, I mean offenders that have been brought in by bus, ambulance and van from prison units all over the state.
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    Spotlight on Deb McGrew, chief operating officer, Health System

    July 15, 2015, 14:42 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Deb McGrew has been at UTMB since 2013 and serves as vice president and chief operating officer of the UTMB Health System. She is responsible for leading, planning and integrating numerous aspects of the Health System, including its hospitals, clinics and ancillary services, as well as Correctional Managed Care.
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    Spotlight on Jeremy Brynes, Health System Business Development

    June 15, 2015, 14:47 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Jeremy Brynes joined UTMB as associate vice president for Health System Business Development in July 2014. Prior to that, Brynes served as the assistant administrator and director of business development for Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, where he oversaw a number of health service lines and was involved in the strategic planning process. Under his leadership, patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction rates increased above the 90th percentile.
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    A day in the life of a patient services specialist

    June 2, 2015, 10:00 AM by Mary Ann Hellinghausen
    If you or a family member have ever been a UTMB patient, it’s likely you have interacted with a patient services specialist, or PSS as they call themselves. And if you have been to the Orthopaedic Clinic at the Specialty Care Center in League City, you may have been greeted by a smiling Rosana Gomez.
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    A day in the life of a NICU nurse

    May 19, 2015, 10:30 AM by India Ogazi
    They’re the smallest and most fragile patients at UTMB’s Galveston campus, and Registered Nurse Norma Salinas has the privilege of providing their care. Some people find their calling, but as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Salinas’ calling found her.
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    Spotlight on Dr. Owen Murray, Correctional Managed Care

    May 15, 2015, 14:53 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As the vice president for offender health services and the chief physician executive for UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care (CMC) program, Dr. Owen Murray oversees the medical, mental health and dental services for more than 120,000 offenders within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)—that’s 80 percent of the state’s inmate population.
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    Spotlight on Kathryn Cunningham, Ph.D., Center for Addiction Research

    May 15, 2015, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Kathryn A. Cunningham, Ph.D., serves as the Chauncey D. Leake Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, the director of the UTMB Center for Addiction Research, and the vice chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Cunningham is known as a mentor and a world leader in cutting-edge research in neuropsychopharmacology. She has pioneered the investigation of complex interactions among behavior, neurobiology and drug abuse.
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    Spotlight on David Niesel, vice president and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    April 21, 2015, 14:56 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    David W. Niesel, Ph.D., has been at UTMB since 1983 and was appointed dean of UTMB’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in March 2014. As the outgoing and passionate chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology for 10 years, he saw the department rise to a top 5 ranking in NIH funding among microbiology and immunology departments nationally.
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    A day in the life of an IS Support Specialist

    April 21, 2015, 12:33 PM by India Ogazi
    If you haven’t used one recently, you probably soon will. They’re information support specialists, better known as IS (formerly known as IT). They’re the people you’re happy to see coming when you’re computer is on the fritz. Without them UTMB would probably come to a screeching halt, but computers aren’t their only responsibility.
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    Spotlight on Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for Health Policy & Legislative Affairs

    April 6, 2015, 15:00 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Ben Raimer isn’t new to UTMB – in fact, he’s worn numerous academic and administrative hats in Galveston over the past four decades. As a tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Raimer was most recently appointed as senior vice president for the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs in 2008.
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    A day in the life of a social worker

    March 23, 2015, 08:48 AM by India Ogazi
    When you hear the word social worker what comes to mind? Do you envision a government employee who makes visits to people’s homes who are in crisis? Do you think of a person who has someone’s child placed in child protective services?
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    Spotlight on Dr. Selwyn Rogers, vice president and chief medical officer

    March 15, 2015, 15:04 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Selwyn O. Rogers, surgeon and public health expert, joined UTMB as vice president and chief medical officer in December 2014. He also serves as assistant dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine. Rogers provides leadership for the quality, safety, service, efficiency and outcomes of UTMB’s clinical services.
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    A day in the life of a trash technician

    February 24, 2015, 09:19 AM by India Ogazi
    If you work in the Rebecca Sealy Building on the UTMB Galveston campus, then you’re probably familiar with Jarvis Givens. He’s the eight-story building’s sole trash technician and on any given day, you can see him in his bright red shirt, hustling and bustling through the hallways as he greets everyone with a “Hello, how are you doing?” and a chuckle.
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    A day in the life of an ER Nurse

    January 26, 2015, 14:40 PM by India Ogazi
    When most people think of an emergency room, they probably picture ambulances with blaring sirens rushing up to the ER carrying patients with bloody bodies. They may envision a man clutching his chest from heart attack pain, as he’s rushed through the halls on a stretcher.
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    A day in the life of a midwife

    October 6, 2014, 14:56 PM by India Ogazi
    When my manager first suggested I write an “A day in the life of” story about a midwife, I thought “OK.” Then I thought, wait a minute, am I going to witness a live birth with a moaning mother who’s refused medication? I imagined her lying in a kiddie pool with a midwife rubbing her back, wind chimes blowing through the wind and yoga music playing in the background.
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    A day in the life of a Correctional Managed Care physician

    September 15, 2014, 15:07 PM by India Ogazi
    We’ve all seen horror stories of prison life through overly dramatic films and television shows. But what is life really like in prison? Our fellow UTMB correctional managed care employees, who work within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, have an idea.
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    A day in the life of a Media Relations Director

    August 18, 2014, 15:17 PM by India Ogazi
    With the massive media coverage UTMB has received of late, I decided to sit down with Media Relations Director Raul Reyes for a glimpse into his work life. From the Ebola outbreak to chikungunya to our researchers’ recent fat-burning discovery, UTMB has been making major news and Reyes and his team have been working hard, behind the scenes, to make it all come together.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB police officer

    July 16, 2014, 15:28 PM by India Ogazi
    “Safety first. Buckle your seat belt,” said Officer Curtis Dorsey as I climb into his police car. Dorsey just celebrated 10 years with the UTMB Police Department this past June, and today I’m joining him for a ride-along and a sneak peek into his work life.
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