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  • Interprofessional_1

    Learn together, work as a team

    January 25, 2018, 13:27 PM by Shelley Smith
    Preparing students for clinical rotations provided an ideal opportunity for interprofessional practice at the Clinical Skills Experience held recently in UTMB’s Interprofessional Nursing Simulation Center. Nursing students served as instructors and coaches for medical students gaining skills for basic procedures and learning to manage high-acuity situations.
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  • Flu Man

    Top tips for weathering flu season

    January 25, 2018, 13:26 PM by Dr. Megan Berman, associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine
    The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, as a severe strain of the flu—H3N2—has spread to most U.S. states, including Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the end of the first week in January, the entire continental U.S. reported widespread flu activity.
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    UTMB Trivia - January 2018

    January 25, 2018, 13:25 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This individual became the first African-American student to graduate from medical school at UTMB—and in the state of Texas—in 1953. Can you name him?
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    From the President

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by User Not Found
    I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we come to the conclusion of another calendar year—one that has been very eventful to say the least!
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    Working Wonders

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Correctional Managed Care employees Gary Eubank, chief nursing officer, and Paul Brown, Region 3 director of nursing, co-wrote several chapters in the fourth edition of the book “Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar.” The book addresses the financial management issues faced by nurse leaders in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics and home care.
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  • UTMB’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program includes an interprofessional committee that meets weekly to discuss targeted work across the institution.

    Handling antibiotics with care: UTMB's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program aims to protect health and preserve the power of antibiotics

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eighty years ago, infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia were leading causes of death in the U.S. Thanks to the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, that’s not the case anymore. However, these drugs have been used—often overused—for so long that the bacteria the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.
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  • Wendy Lentino (left) and her daughter, Lily, reunite with NICU nurses Carrie Holloway (middle) and Lavonda Morgan.

    UTMB’s littlest survivors reunite with NICU doctors, nurses at 10th Annual Preemie Reunion

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB’s 10th Annual Preemie Reunion on Oct. 21 was the first time Wendy Lentino was able to take her baby, Liliana, out in public. “Lily finally gets to experience things that most of us take for granted, like the sun shining and the wind blowing,” said Lentino.
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  • Hip

    UTMB to study new approach for hip fracture recovery

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for women recovering from hip fractures. UTMB is part of a consortium of seven universities that has received $15.6 million from the National Institute on Aging for a multisite clinical trial to study the use of testosterone therapy and exercise in post-menopausal women recovering from hip fracture.
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    Research Briefs

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Frequent alcohol consumption kills new brain cells in adults, with females being more vulnerable, according to new research at UTMB. Led by Dr. Ping Wu, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, the researchers discovered that alcohol killed the stem cells in adult mouse brains. Because brain stem cells are responsible for creating new nerve cells and are important to maintaining normal cognitive function, this study could open a door to combating chronic alcoholism.
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    A day in the life of a patient registration specialist

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When a patient arrives at the emergency department on UTMB's Galveston Campus, there’s a good chance Vonday Millier will be the first university employee they see. “We really set the tone for the patient’s visit,” says Millier, a patient registration specialist and team leader within Revenue Cycle Operations (RCO).
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  • (L-R) Philesha Evans, Ritchie Adoue (co-chair), Lycia Champagne (cochair), Dr. Kimberly Sherill, Ian Barrett and Imelda Wicks.

    Ability Resource Group aims to increase awareness, create culture of inclusion

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by Shannon Porter
    Dr. Kimberly Sherill does not look at her physical disability as a hindrance, but rather an admittance to a world of experience that better connects her with her patients.
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    Construction Update

    December 20, 2017, 09:07 AM by Stephen Hadley
    League City Campus Hospital Phase II Expansion: Construction of the five-story South Tower—which will add 123,000 square feet to the hospital—will begin in March 2018. Once completed, the expansion will increase inpatient capacity to approximately 100 beds and provide space for additional services.
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  • Garwood and his wife, Charlotte, at the top of Turtlehead Peak in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas.

    Spotlight on Bill Garwood, associate vice president of finance for community hospitals

    December 20, 2017, 09:06 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Bill Garwood joined the UTMB family in 2014, when he helped integrate the Angleton Danbury Campus with UTMB. For more than 30 years, he served as the senior financial officer of the Angleton Danbury Medical Center. In his current role as associate vice president of finance for community hospitals, his responsibilities recently expanded to include the financial management of UTMB’s League City Campus, as well.
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  • Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar, a UTMB nursing and Interprofessional Education (IPE) Scholars program graduate, leads a simulation.

    Putting IPE into practice: UTMB alumna brings passion, enthusiasm for interprofessional education to patient care

    December 20, 2017, 09:06 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar is on a mission to ensure health care professionals understand the importance of interprofessional education and teamwork in transforming patient care for the better.
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  • Dr. David Callender stands with members of UTMB’s Student Government Association

    UTMB Student Government Association invests in future students

    December 20, 2017, 09:06 AM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB’s Student Government Association has already made its mark on the university, but now it also holds a special place in Galveston’s history.
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  • Current School of Health Professions students helped kick off the SHP's 50th anniversary celebrations

    School of Health Professions celebrates 50 years of success, innovation

    December 20, 2017, 09:05 AM by Shannon Porter
    Since 1968, UTMB's School of Health Professions, then known as the School of Allied Health Sciences, has dedicated its efforts toward training a key part of the health care work force and advancing knowledge of the disciplines it teaches all across Texas—and beyond.
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  • Santa Sled

    ‘Tis the season for safety

    December 20, 2017, 09:04 AM by UTMB Police Chief Thomas Engells
    The holidays are an opportunity to share good cheer with family and friends. However, they also are a time when people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, making themselves vulnerable to theft and other crime. Don’t let a Grinch ruin your holidays!
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  • Texas City Clinics

    Home for the holidays

    December 20, 2017, 09:03 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB’s Primary and Specialty Care Clinic in Texas City has reopened to patients after undergoing major repairs due to flood damage following Hurricane Harvey.
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    From the President

    November 20, 2017, 11:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The 2017 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) came to a close at midnight on Nov. 3 and our UTMB family showed that when we come together, we can accomplish anything.
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    Working Wonders

    November 20, 2017, 11:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Several UTMB employees received President David Callender’s Way to Go Award during the Nov. 1 Town Hall. Lonnie Winston and Seth Grimes, materials handling techs, were recognized for their actions going above and beyond to ensure a young patient at Jennie Sealy Hospital received a special package.
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  • UTMB’s Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit discusses patient care plans during their daily Progression of Care Round.

    Timing it right: UTMB inpatient units focus on appropriate length of stay, planning for safe discharge

    November 20, 2017, 11:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Every morning between 8 and 9 a.m., groups of interdisciplinary teams meet at all inpatient units in Galveston, League City and Angleton Danbury to discuss each and every patient in the hospital. They’re called “Progression of Care Rounds,” or POCR (pronounced “poker”) rounds, and for the past year, they have been making a difference in both patient outcomes and length of stay.
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    UTMB scores an A for safety and quality

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB recently announced that the Health System has received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for its accomplishments in reducing errors, infections and accidents that have the potential to harm patients.
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  • Supply Chain Logistics team members, Dr. Maria Belalcazar and Dr. Patricia Maeso stand with UTMB’s $10,000 medical supply donation.

    Helping Puerto Rico

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by Shannon Porter
    During Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Maria Belalcazar saw firsthand how a natural disaster can devastate a community. So when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, leaving residents without power and running water—and hospitals without supplies—she wanted to do whatever she could to help.
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    A day in the life of Alumni Relations

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It's 8 a.m. on a Saturday and Kim Barfield is in the midst of two days of nonstop receptions, luncheons, speakers and reunion dinners. More than 400 UTMB alumni and their guests have descended upon the San Luis Resort in Galveston for Homecoming Weekend—an October event that Barfield, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, and her team have been preparing for all year.
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    The results are in! Feedback from more than 1,000 employees will help guide Impact newsletter’s path forward

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A recent employee survey aimed to find out whether employees prefer the print or online edition of Impact, how they access it, what types of articles they like most and what suggestions they may have for improving the newsletter. After combing through more than 1,000 responses and taking notes on what you love—and don’t love—about Impact, it’s time to reveal the results.
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    Oxidative stress produces damage linked with increased risk of preterm birth

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by Donna Ramirez
    A group of scientists led by Dr. Ramkumar Menon at UTMB have gained new insights into what factors lead to preterm birth. These findings could help pregnant women decrease their risk.
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  • Gary Eubank enjoying a trip to Austria with his church choir.

    Spotlight on Gary Eubank, chief nursing officer, Correctional Managed Care

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Gary Eubank joined UTMB Correctional Managed Care’s management team in 2005. In his role as chief nursing officer, he oversees the nursing services provided to approximately 120,000 offenders at 83 prisons in the UTMB sector.
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  • (L-R) Military veterans Tina Brown, Juan Guerrero, Anthony Curry and Lori Blackwell took part in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. David Callender

    Honoring all who served: University recognizes military heroes past and present with first-ever UTMB Veterans Day Luncheon celebration

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB honored faculty, staff and students who have served in the military with its first-ever Veterans Day Luncheon celebration on Nov. 2 on the Galveston Campus.
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  • (L-R) Former AMT directors Drs. Ruth Levine, Vicki Freeman and S. Lynn Knox with current director, Dr. Bernard Karnath.

    UTMB’s Academy of Master Teachers celebrates 10 years of recognizing outstanding teachers, promoting educational excellence

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    There’s no question—Dr. Ruth Levine has always loved teaching. “When I see students get that ‘spark’ of understanding and start putting things together, it’s exciting for them—and me,” said Levine, assistant dean for educational affairs and director of the Office of Clinical Education within the School of Medicine. “Any kind of learning should be fun. If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.”
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  • Left to right: Dr. Danny Jacobs, James Akers, Cecilia Garcia-Akers, Stephanie Tutak, Dr. David Callender

    Incorporating cultural competence to provide quality health care to all

    November 20, 2017, 11:15 AM by Shannon Porter
    Stephanie Tutak is inspired by Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s story, his commitment to service and his role in improving access to health care. So when the fourth-year medical student was named the winner of the 2017 Hector P. Garcia, M.D. Cultural Competence Award during the annual luncheon Oct. 6 on the Galveston Campus, she felt honored to play a part in carrying out his legacy.
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