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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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  • From left, Sophia Hashemi, Casey Schneider and Madison Lankford helped organize the first UTMB Interprofessional Scholars Program Disaster Day on Nov. 4.

    Disaster Day simulation sets example for interprofessional education at UTMB

    November 20, 2017, 11:15 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s Interprofessional Scholars Program recently hosted its first Disaster Day, a student-led, large-scale simulation aimed at preparing and educating health care professional students on responding to a crisis.
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  • Health History

    Seven tips for a better family health history

    November 20, 2017, 11:15 AM by Dr. Michael Thanh Nguyen, assistant professor of Internal Medicine and medical director of Internal Medicine at the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic
    As you attend family gatherings this holiday season, don’t just ask your loved ones to pass the turkey. Ask them about their health history. It’s the perfect time to gather important information that you and your doctors can use to create a plan for preventing disease.
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    Celebrating 60 years at UTMB

    November 20, 2017, 11:15 AM by Shannon Porter
    September 5, 1957—that was Adeline Smith’s first day as a nurse’s aide on UTMB’s Galveston Campus. She would later transfer to UTMB’s Food and Nutrition Services team. Now, 60 years later, she’s still feeding patients and bringing a smile to everyone she meets—with no immediate retirement plans.
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    From the President

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by User Not Found
    On Oct. 16, I had the pleasure of joining our UTMB family in celebrating the prestigious national honor our university received for superior quality and care provided to our patients—the 2017 Vizient Bernard Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.
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    Working Wonders

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Mayukh Sarkar, a medical laboratory scientist in UTMB’s Department of Pathology, was recognized as a 2017 “Choosing Wisely Champion” by the American Society for Clinical Pathology during its annual meeting Sept. 6-8 in Chicago.
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    Adding value to Best Care

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Adding value to patient care is on the mind of nearly every health care organization across the country. As we shift from a volume-based to a value-based health care world, improving outcomes and reducing costs has become critically important.
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  • Dr. Joan Nichols and Dr. Joaquin Cortiella look at an example of a bioreactor pouch that contains lung progenitor and stem cells and pieces of lung scaffolding, similar to those sent to space in August.

    Out of this world research: UTMB and Houston Methodist research project sends lungs to space, could lead to new therapeutics

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by Shannon Porter
    Growing up during an era with an active space program, Dr. Joan Nichols and Dr. Joaquin Cortiella were fascinated by space. Now, she and Cortiella, a professor and physician in the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB, are having the chance to live a childhood dream.
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  • Dr. Sharma speaks at the Galveston Campus celebration on Oct. 16. For more photos from all three campus celebrations, visit UTMB’s Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/utmb.

    Welcome to your 5-star academic health center

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB was among 12 U.S. academic health centers to receive the 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award on Sept. 14. Based on the final results of our Vizient survey, UTMB now ranks ninth among 107 participating organizations and has achieved 5-star performance.
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  • Magnet

    UTMB again achieves Magnet recognition

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center recently notified UTMB that it had met the criteria of the Magnet Recognition Program, which distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest honor for professional nursing practice.
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    Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic Now Open in Galveston!

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by User Not Found
    Whether it’s sniffles, aches and pains or bumps and bruises, UTMB Health’s Urgent Care clinics are open evenings and weekends to bring you relief. Located near you and staffed by UTMB physicians and medical professionals, these sites provide quality care and prompt attention for injuries and illnesses that are not life threatening.
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  • Recorder

    Taking the message and the medicine home

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by Shannon Porter
    Three of the scariest words in the English language are, “You have cancer.” “You don’t hear anything after that,” said Dr. Avi Markowitz, chief of hematology and oncology at UTMB. But thanks to a UTMB program called Taking the Message and the Medicine Home, the university is improving communication between patients, families and care providers.
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    A day in the life of a mammographer

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    All it takes is 20 minutes for Heather Fields to help a woman take control of her breast health. “A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer early—when it is most treatable,” said Fields, a breast imaging technologist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus. “It only takes a few minutes and it saves lives.”
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  • José Cedillo with his wife, Ninfa, at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

    Spotlight on José Cedillo, director of Pastoral Care

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Rev. José Cedillo joined UTMB in May 2016 as director of Pastoral Care. An ordained bishop with the Church of God, Cedillo provides support for the spiritual, religious, emotional and value concerns of patients, families and staff.
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  • Chris Rice, a second-year School of Medicine student, practices using a handheld ultrasound device during the Point of Care Echocardiography course

    Stethoscope of the future? New School of Medicine course replaces centuries-old device with mobile technology to diagnose heart disease

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For the past two centuries, the stethoscope has been the iconic symbol of medicine. But if you ask Dr. Masood Ahmad, that could soon change.
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    IPE2Practice focuses on actively implementing interprofessional education

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by Stephen Hadley
    The focus on interprofessional education has been a foundational part of UTMB’s Academic Enterprise since it was introduced at the institution in 2008. Interprofessional education—or IPE as it’s commonly called—was introduced as part of Synergy, UTMB’s quality enhancement plan.
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    2017 President’s Cabinet Awards

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Twenty-six UTMB faculty, staff and students recently received UTMB President’s Cabinet awards for projects that promote outreach, education and improved patient care in the community and beyond. The 11 funded projects total more than $243,000.
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