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  • HEALTHTIPS

    Five common myths about sun exposure

    July 1, 2018, 19:25 PM by Stephen Hadley
    With the dog days of summer now upon us, it’s likely that many will spend days frolicking in the pool or heading to the beach to keep cool and beat the heat. If you and your family are heading for the out-of-doors this summer, here are a few myths (followed by the facts) about exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light that you should keep in mind.
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    From the President

    June 8, 2018, 22:00 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This issue highlights the important contributions of our faculty and staff and your ongoing commitment to improving health for the people of Texas and around the world.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB Police detective

    June 7, 2018, 21:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Sleep doesn't always come easy for UTMB Detective Greg Gaona. He often wakes up in the middle of the night with an “aha” moment that may crack a case or lead to an arrest. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an idea come to mind at 3 a.m. and I have to go write it down,” he says. “Putting puzzles together and solving cases, especially complex cases—I can’t tell you how rewarding that is. You have to be persistent, nosy and think outside the box.”
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    Always focused on providing Best Care

    June 7, 2018, 20:15 PM by Mary Feldhusen
    The focus on providing Best Care extends well beyond the unit or clinic setting, as every employee contributes—directly or indirectly—to providing top-notch care to patients across our institution.
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  • EBOLA VIRUS

    An Ebola Breakthrough

    June 6, 2018, 20:15 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A new collaborative study has identified Ebola antibodies that could be used to design universal therapeutics that are effective against many different Ebola species. The findings were recently published in Nature Microbiology.
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    Celebrating Employees

    June 5, 2018, 20:15 PM by Shannon Porter
    It’s no secret UTMB is comprised of some of the most outstanding employees, but on May 16, more than 1,700 were celebrated for reaching important milestones in their careers during the annual Employee Service Day ceremony in Levin Hall.
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  • The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 39 degrees on May 18.

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awards 39 degrees

    June 4, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 39 degrees during its commencement ceremony May 18 in Levin Hall. Each year, a highlight of the school’s commencement is the presentation of four prestigious awards.
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    Hidden Talents: Dr. Matt Dacso and Richard Briley

    June 3, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Two UTMB employees are accomplished jazz musicians, one a saxophonist and the other a trumpet player. They sometimes even play in the Galveston Island Jazz Project together.
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    UTMB Trivia -June

    June 2, 2018, 19:23 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Located on UTMB’s Galveston Campus, the Ashbel Smith Building—also known as Old Red—was the first building completed on the campus and it was used to support the state’s first medical school.
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  • Emergency Man

    Emergency prep tips

    June 1, 2018, 19:25 PM by Stephen Hadley
    The June 1 start of hurricane season makes emergency preparedness a hotEmergency Man topic for those of us on the Gulf Coast. But as we all know, emergencies that disrupt our ability to fulfill our mission—and which affect our families and homes—can happen at any time and at any of our locations throughout the state.
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    From the President

    May 28, 2018, 22:00 PM by Stephen Hadley
    We recently shared the exciting news that UTMB earned an “A” grade for the second consecutive reporting period from the Leapfrog Group for our accomplishments in reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.
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  • Angela McDowell

    A day in the life of a sustainability coordinator

    May 28, 2018, 21:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Angela McDowell likes to talk trash… and recycling. As UTMB’s sustainability coordinator, she’s passionate about promoting environmentally conscious attitudes and planet-friendly habits across the institution. It’s an ambitious endeavor, but she’s up to the challenge.
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  • Best Care In Action: Imaging Stewardship

    X-ray Vision: UTMB's Imaging Stewardship team focuses on patient safety, addressing overutilization

    May 28, 2018, 20:20 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Although medical imaging technology is crucial to the timely diagnosis and management of many conditions, UTMB radiologist Dr. John Heymann admits: The volume of imaging tests has gotten out of hand.
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  • Information Services

    From outsourced to in-house

    May 28, 2018, 20:15 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    “Doing more with less” has become a commonly heard phrase, as health care organizations across the country—including UTMB—face financial challenges. Employees throughout the institution are working tirelessly to accomplish our mission more effectively and efficiently—and for a team within Information Services, the hard work is paying off.
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  • Alerts

    Be Smart. Take Part: Sign up to receive UTMB Alerts on a mobile device

    May 28, 2018, 20:00 PM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB Alerts is our institution’s method of communicating with faculty, staff and students during severe weather conditions or other emergency events that have the potential to threaten safety or impact business operations.
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  • Stephanie Zepeda

    Spotlight on Dr. Stephanie Zepeda, associate vice president for Pharmacy Services

    May 28, 2018, 19:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Stephanie Zepeda serves in the primary leadership role for UTMB and Correctional Managed Care Pharmacy Services. As associate vice president, she oversees and directs all pharmacy-related services provided by the Health System and is responsible for strategic planning, client services, and overseeing operations and finances.
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  • School of Nursing Commencement

    Nursing graduation is a family affair

    May 28, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    You might say that six of the 578 graduates who received their degrees from UTMB’s School of Nursing on April 20 were “keeping it in the family” because they have family members who either work or teach at UTMB.
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  • Hidden Talent

    Hidden Talents: Vince Falco

    May 28, 2018, 19:26 PM by Stephen Hadley
    If you work on the Galveston Campus, you may have witnessed UTMB nurse Vince Falco riding a unicycle to and from Jennie Sealy Hospital.
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    Stroke: Four tips that can save a life

    May 28, 2018, 19:25 PM by Brenda Yanez, UTMB stroke coordinator
    When it comes to stroke, every second counts. Recognizing symptoms early and responding quickly is critical to reducing a person’s chance of long-term physical and mental damage—or even death.
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  • Trivia

    UTMB Trivia - May

    May 28, 2018, 19:23 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Dr. Thomas Jackson graduated in 1893 as a member of the second graduating class of UTMB’s medical school. How many total students graduated that year?
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    From the President

    April 19, 2018, 19:42 PM by User Not Found
    On April 6, I had the pleasure of announcing the three UTMB employees who were chosen as inaugural recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award. Hearty congratulations to Chad Connally, Mike Mastrangelo and Scott Woodby—you have done UTMB proud!
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  • Green Bike Lanes

    Working Wonders - April

    April 19, 2018, 19:42 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB School of Nursing Population Health students partnered with the Galveston Police Department to keep bicyclists safe by developing bicycle lanes near campus. As part of their clinical assignment, the students developed a study for the need of bicycle lanes and conducted numerous surveys that showed most respondents did not feel safe riding their bikes to campus without lanes and signage.
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    Congratulations to UTMB’s winners of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award

    April 19, 2018, 19:42 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Three UTMB employees were chosen as inaugural recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award. Chad Connally, nursing program manager, Emergency Services Administration; Mike Mastrangelo, program director, Institutional Preparedness—Facilities Risk Management; and Scott Woodby, nurse clinician V, MICU/CCU, received the prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their jobs.
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  • Dr. Erin Hommel goes over a pain contract with all patients who are taking or are considering taking opioids for chronic pain.

    Pain reframed: UTMB's Opioid Stewardship team focuses on safe prescribing, alternative treatments for pain

    April 19, 2018, 19:40 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When it comes to opioid addiction, many people don’t see it coming. It can happen to anyone, anywhere—and quickly spiral out of control. “I’ve had patients who had a surgical procedure and three weeks later were addicted to heroin,” said Dr. Edythe Harvey, an addiction psychiatrist at UTMB.
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  • Dr. Patrick Roughneen with patient Ruth Perez.

    Fixing a broken heart: Adult congenital heart surgery at UTMB gives patient a second chance at life

    April 19, 2018, 19:38 PM by User Not Found
    Ruth Perez remembers the days when she could hardly get out of bed because of the headaches and shortness of breath. Always tired, she could hardly do a thing because her body couldn’t handle the exertion.
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    A day in the life of a patient service specialist

    April 19, 2018, 19:37 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Flu? Poison Ivy? Spider bite? Broken bone? Rash? You name it, Tasheda Johnson has seen it. “Every day is different—you never know what situation is going to walk through the door when you work in urgent care,” she says.
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  • Adam and Christine Kley hike Montaña de Colores, or Rainbow Mountain, in Peru.

    Couple travels their way to a "match"

    April 19, 2018, 19:34 PM by Kurt Koopmann and Shannon Porter
    When medical students Adam and Christine Kley sat in UTMB’s Levin Hall Auditorium in Galveston on March 16 to find out where they would be continuing their training, it was the culmination of a long and winding road that included marriage and a life-changing experience in South America.
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  • Dr. Christina Maslach talks about employee burnout as part of the 2018 Provost Lecture Series.

    Meeting the challenge of burnout

    April 19, 2018, 19:33 PM by Shannon Porter
    “Burnout” is a word that gets thrown around a lot—especially between busy, working professionals. However, research shows that it’s not just a busy schedule that can trigger professional burnout. In fact, there are various levels of burnout that can be experienced by all types of professionals from all walks of life.
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  • Dr. Laura Rudkin speaks about her experiences in leadership roles.

    Women rising: New employee-led group focuses on supporting the advancement of women who aspire to leadership roles

    April 19, 2018, 19:32 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Laura Rudkin was told not to worry who would be the next chair of their department because she would be there to “help him,” she took it as a challenge.
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  • Jesus Arzua (middle), a physical therapy student in UTMB's School of Health Professions, ran this year's FunD Run to help support his fellow students.

    View from the top

    April 19, 2018, 19:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Jesus Urzua ran across the Galveston Causeway on March 3 as part of the School of Health Professions’ FunD Run 5K, he did it not just for the stunning bay views—he did it to benefit students, much like himself.
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