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  • Angleton Danbury Food Services Manager Pam Buttaccio (with tray).

    Comfort food: Food and Nutrition Services employees work around the clock to feed and comfort patients, families and staff

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Shannon Porter
    In the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, Pam Buttaccio began watching the weather channel a little more closely than normal. On Aug. 23, Harvey had regenerated into a tropical depression about 535 miles southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. By Thursday, Harvey had strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane with winds as high as 100 mph.
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  • Aerial view of the Terrell and Stringfellow Units in Rosharon on Aug. 30

    CMC stands up to Harvey

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Just over a year after the Ramsey Prison Cluster in Rosharon was evacuated due to flooding of the Brazos River, Hurricane Harvey lingered over the region, dumping record rainfall on the area again. Once more, UTMB Correctional Managed Care employees rose to the occasion.
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  • Jamail Student Center

    Passing the test: Emergency planning ensured safety of students, preserved research mission

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Alexis Loyd
    The start of the 2017-2018 academic year was a memorable one for UTMB students and faculty. Just days after welcoming new students from all schools to campus at fall orientation, leaders in UTMB’s Academic Enterprise had the safety of students, faculty and staff in mind when they decided to cancel classes as Hurricane Harvey closed in on the Texas gulf coast.
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  • Emma Beard, a patient access specialist, answered calls throughout the storm at the League City Campus.

    Answering the call: Access Center, regional clinics respond to patient needs during Harvey

    October 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    As a major health care provider that residents of Southeast Texas depend on for primary and specialty care, UTMB works hard to safely maintain clinical operations during any adverse event. Hurricane Harvey was no exception.
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    All hands on deck

    October 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by Shannon Porter
    After 30 years in the Navy, Glen Baker has his own set of experiences riding out hurricanes all across the country, but Hurricane Harvey was his first time as a hospital facilities manager.
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    Disaster Relief Resources

    October 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by User Not Found
    There are a variety of local, regional and federal programs and services to assist our faculty, staff and students through each phase of the disaster recovery process.
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    Tips for self-care and recovery post-disaster

    October 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by Dr. Jeff Temple, Dr. Sara Nowakowski, and Lauren Scott, MSW, Behavioral Health and Research Department of Ob/Gyn
    Self-care is critical to coping in the aftermath and recovery of a disaster. Even with the (short) notice of an impending hurricane versus other natural disasters, the storm impacts are often unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. Knowing the common reactions and responses, how to cope and how to support each other can help us on a path to recovery.
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    A special ‘thanks’ to Harvey’s heroes

    October 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UT System Chancellor William McRaven stops to say ‘hello’ to one of UTMB’s smallest patients in the NICU on the Galveston Campus. He toured the campus on Sept. 1, met with the UTMB Incident Command team and stopped to personally thank many of the employees who worked tirelessly throughout Hurricane Harvey.
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  • US Coast Guard Helicopter landing on UTMB field

    Digital Bonus: Harvey and social media

    October 2, 2017, 10:39 AM by Eduardo Valdes
    When Hurricane Harvey barreled across the Texas coast late in August 2017, it unleashed unprecedented flooding. As the floodwaters rose, victims, rescuers, family and friends took to social media to share their stories. Among those stories are some remarkable and inspiring accounts about the people of UTMB. A few have been gathered for your perusal.
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    From the President

    August 18, 2017, 05:56 AM by User Not Found
    Can you believe we are nearing the end of another fiscal year? It sure has been an eventful one!
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    Working Wonders - August

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB employees Sarah Burnett, Brenda Lundy and Betty Shipp received President’s Way to Go Awards at the July Town Hall meeting. Burnett, a medical lab specialist with Blood Bank Transfusion Operations, was recognized for a “long list” of accomplishments, including initiating several innovative projects to improve patient care and ensure blood products are used safely and efficiently, and for her volunteer work in the community.
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  • Nurse manager Robert Hastedt (center) and the MICU nursing team

    Best Care in Action: Protecting patients against infection

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Keeping patients safe is the No. 1 priority for nursing staff in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UTMB’s Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. For the past two years, they have been working to reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs), which patients can get while receiving medical treatment in the hospital.
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  • Dr. Harold Pine stands at Everest Base Camp, an elevation of about 17,500 feet

    Extreme expedition: Team from UTMB takes medical mission trip to Mount Everest

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Five minutes after landing in Nepal in 2015, Dr. Harold Pine and his UTMB medical mission team experienced a catastrophic earthquake that devastated the region. Their carefully planned three-week trek to hold ear, nose and throat clinics in remote villages was turned upside down. Since then, Pine, a pediatric otolaryngologist, vowed to return to the region to finish what his team started.
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  • Vaccine Needle Spread

    New Zika vaccine protects fetus against infection and birth defects

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Immunizing female mice with a Zika vaccine can protect their developing fetus from infection and birth defects during pregnancy, according to new UTMB research. The UTMB study is the first to demonstrate that potential vaccines could protect a fetus from the Zika virus.
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    Research Briefs

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by User Not Found
    Managing asthma in adults can be tricky because the condition can stem from several causes and treatment often depends on what is triggering the asthma. A team of experts from UTMB examined and summarized the current information available from many different sources on diagnosing and managing mild to moderate asthma in adults.
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  • Jessica069

    A day in the life of a UTMB volunteer

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If you’re an employee or patient who frequents UTMB’s League City Campus, chances are you’ve met Jessica Norris. For the past year, she’s donated her time and energy to pushing a beverage cart around all League City Campus clinics—making sure no patient, family member or employee is overlooked.
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  • Annette Macias-Hoag (right) enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Dan; son, Nick; his partner, Jennifer; and her grandson, Jaxson.

    Spotlight on Annette Macias-Hoag, associate vice president, Health System Operations and associate chief nursing officer, Angleton Danbury Campus

    August 18, 2017, 05:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Annette Macias-Hoag joined UTMB in 2011 and currently serves as associate vice president for Health System Operations, as well as associate chief nursing officer for UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus.
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  • EAC members with CMC Dialysis employees at the Estelle Unit.

    Headed to Huntsville: Employee Advisory Council visits CMC employees at Estelle Unit, attends Employee Service Awards ceremony

    August 18, 2017, 05:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Employee Advisory Council members had the opportunity to meet hundreds of UTMB Correctional Managed Care employees during a July 13 trip to the Huntsville area.
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    Making the grade: UTMB’s Office of Educational Outreach enables teachers and students to succeed

    August 18, 2017, 05:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The importance of a good teacher is no secret. There’s longstanding research confirming that the most influential factor in student achievement is teacher effectiveness. That’s why UTMB’s Office of Educational Outreach provides programs not only for students but also for teachers.
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  • John Sealy Modernization

    Construction update

    August 18, 2017, 05:54 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s three campuses continue to experience growth and expansion. The following are some of the projects currently underway across the institution.
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  • I AM UTMB FB Screen Shot

    Did you know UTMB has a Facebook page just for employees?

    August 18, 2017, 05:54 AM by User Not Found
    The I Am UTMB Facebook page features news, information, photos and event coverage in a friendly and engaging community for employees and students at our three campuses and locations throughout the state.
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  • SuicidePreventionTips

    Know the signs: Suicide warning signs and prevention tips

    August 18, 2017, 05:53 AM by Dr. Jeff Temple and Lauren Scott, MSW, Behavioral Health and Research Department of Ob/Gyn
    While shows like the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” have been criticized for glamorizing or romanticizing suicide, they have also stirred important conversations about suicide and depression among teens. The fact that about half a million teens every year have thoughts of suicide means that we should be talking about it more.
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  • Waverley Smith Renovation

    A sneak peek

    August 18, 2017, 05:53 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The first phase of renovations to the R. Waverley Smith Pavilion on the Galveston Campus will wrap up in October.
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    From the President

    July 17, 2017, 09:23 AM by User Not Found
    The July 6 Town Hall meeting provided an opportunity to discuss several subjects, including the close of the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature and its impacts on UTMB.
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    Working Wonders - July

    July 17, 2017, 09:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Rebecca Clayton, a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), was one of six finalists nationally to be recognized by American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, during their “Spirit of Caring” contest.
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  • Christine Wade (right) and Pam Cruz (4th from left) with members of the Emergency Department care team.

    Best Care in Action: Curing ER wait times

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Crowding in the emergency room and long wait times seem to be the “norm” at hospitals across the country. But Christine Wade and her colleagues in UTMB’s Emergency Department on the Galveston Campus are working hard to change that perception.
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  • Taylor Deluna holds her diploma after being surprised by UTMB Children’s Hospital staff.

    UTMB Children's Hospital staff plan surprise high school graduation ceremony for patient

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When young patients stay at UTMB Children’s Hospital, important milestones such as birthdays, last days of chemotherapy and even high school graduations don’t go uncelebrated.
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    New cancer drug makes commonly prescribed chemo drug more effective when given together

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Researchers have found a way to increase the effectiveness of a widely used cancer drug while decreasing the risk of heart-damaging side effects, according to a new study by researchers from UTMB and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
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  • Cell

    Research Briefs

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by User Not Found
    Researchers at UTMB may hold the answer to preventing premature cell death. According to Dr. Ken Fujise, head of UTMB’s cardiology division, the key finding of new research is that the protein fortilin plays a role in the death of cells that could help fight cancer or help preserve an organ that will be used in a transplant.
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    A day in the life of a Correctional Managed Care nurse manager

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    After moving to Texas from the Philippines nearly six years ago, Vincent Ong has found his niche. As nurse manager of the Ramsey Cluster, Ong oversees a nursing staff of about 50 UTMB CMC employees who provide care to more than 4,300 offenders.
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