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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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    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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  • Sports Injury

    Top 6 sports injury prevention tips

    October 24, 2017, 17:22 PM by Dr. Jeremy S. Somerson, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
    Whether you’re playing sports for fun or as a competitive athlete, don’t let sports-related injuries keep you on the sidelines this fall. The most common types of injuries are sprains, strains and stress fractures due to overuse. The following tips can help prevent injuries no matter what sport you play.
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  • SHP Graduation

    Parting shot: Oh happy day

    October 24, 2017, 17:22 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Graduates of UTMB’s School of Health Professions sing “The Eyes of Texas” at the end of this year’s commencement on August 11 at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Three hundred eighty-one graduates received their degrees.
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    From the President

    October 2, 2017, 11:56 AM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact, a special edition dedicated to highlighting some of the significant contributions of our UTMB family during Hurricane Harvey.
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    Working Wonders

    October 2, 2017, 11:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This edition of Working Wonders honors all UTMB employees statewide who stepped up before, during and after Hurricane Harvey to serve the needs of our patients, families, colleagues and communities.
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    Stopping for no storm: UTMB continues vital mission throughout Hurricane Harvey, historic rainfall

    October 2, 2017, 11:56 AM by User Not Found
    “The University of Texas stops for no storm.” Today, those words ring true once again as UTMB’s students and employees deal with the effects of yet another Gulf of Mexico hurricane.
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    Mission: (Not) impossible

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When a Black Hawk helicopter carrying 500 pounds of blood products landed in the parking lot at UTMB’s Galveston Campus on Aug. 29, a wave of relief came over Dr. Barbara Bryant.
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  • This image and the photo below were taken by Dr. Doug Tyler on his cell phone, while traveling along I-45 in Dickinson.

    No water too high

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Shannon Porter
    When Deb McGrew first heard that hospitals in the northern part of Galveston County were not taking patients, and possibly even closing during Hurricane Harvey, she knew something needed to be done.
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    #WeAreUTMB

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford and Shannon Porter
    There are endless accounts of employees, students and volunteers going above and beyond, even when faced with the effects of flooding that experts are saying is a 1-in-1,000-year event. Here are just a few of the many examples that show #WeAreUTMB.
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    Storks in the storm

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    On a late August morning as Tropical Storm Harvey moved north of the Galveston County area, anyone would have excused Latasha Vernon if she was a bit cranky. She had been in her hospital room in John Sealy Hospital for a week.
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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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