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  • Callender, David15

    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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    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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  • Callender, David15

    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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  • Sollenberger (middle) stands at the entrance to Jennie Sealy Hospital with Justin Sanchez and Cindy Jones, customer service representatives with Hospital Transportation Services.

    Spotlight on Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer, UTMB Health System

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On June 22, Sollenberger was officially appointed board chair of America’s Essential Hospitals. We had the opportunity to sit down with Sollenberger to talk about her new role leading the board of the national organization, her experiences at UTMB, and a few lessons she’s learned along the way.
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  • SOM graduation 2017

    Congrats, Doc: UTMB School of Medicine graduates more than 200

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    Regardless of whether the 225 graduates of UTMB’s School of Medicine end up working in a modern facility or one with just basic equipment, this year’s commencement speaker had some good advice.
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  • Gold-Headed Cane Award 2017

    Baymon receives highest medical student honor: The Gold-Headed Cane Award

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    School of Medicine graduate Da'Marcus Baymon received this year’s prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award—the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating medical student.
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  • Sunface

    Top tips for a healthy summer

    July 17, 2017, 09:21 AM by Blair H. Brown, registered dietitian nutritionist, UTMB Health Texas Transplant Center
    Summer is officially here! For many, the summer months mean vacations, swimming pools and outdoor barbecues. Follow these helpful tips to keep your health in mind while having fun in the sun.
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  • Hospital Galveston Units 6b and 6c (2)

    Say cheese!

    July 12, 2017, 08:18 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Employees from the President’s Office and TDCJ Hospital Galveston Units 6B and 6C were happy to strike a pose for “National Selfie Day” on June 21.
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  • Callender, David15

    From the President

    June 20, 2017, 06:21 AM by User Not Found
    On May 31, we honored 1,719 employees who have achieved significant service milestones and 538 GEM card recipients at one of my favorite events of the year—Employee Service Day.
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    Working Wonders

    June 20, 2017, 06:21 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Police Officer Harold Beasley was recognized by the 50 Club of Galves­ton County as one of its Officers of the Year during an awards luncheon at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston on May 4.
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  • Dr. Randall Urban (left) with members of the Daniels Team, Drs. Matthew Mrazek, Megan Berman, Lindsay Sonstein, Brian Harris and Carlos Clark.

    Moving on up! UTMB continues rising in academic medical center rankings, pushes toward Best Care goals

    June 20, 2017, 06:20 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For many months, UTMB’s Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer Dr. Gulshan Sharma has been living and breathing UTMB’s No. 1 priority goal—the Best Care initiative, which challenges UTMB to achieve a top 20 ranking among academic medical centers by 2018.
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  • Celia Enriquez and her baby, Ariabella

    Breaking the cycle: BAMBI program helps female offenders bond with their newborns, reduces recidivism

    June 20, 2017, 06:20 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    From the moment a woman and her infant arrive at the Santa Maria Hostel in Houston, Liz Moore works to break a cycle—the cycle of incarceration.
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