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    Pregnant women unaware how Zika virus can spread, survey finds

    June 20, 2017, 06:16 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Pregnant women at risk of Zika virus infection may not be aware of the various ways the virus is spread or be taking the proper preventive measures. A survey conducted by UTMB researchers focused on pregnant women in Southeast Texas.
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    A day in the life of a linen services technician

    June 20, 2017, 06:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Glynnis Glover doesn’t need an alarm clock to wake up for her 3 a.m. shift—she’s naturally full of energy and looks forward to each new day.
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  • Mari Robinson and her husband, Greg Ritzen, on vacation at a local winery in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico.

    Spotlight on Mari Robinson, director of telehealth

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Mari Robinson, JD, joined UTMB in October 2016 as director of telehealth. In her role, Robin­son guides UTMB regarding policy and regulatory issues surrounding telehealth and assists in developing partnerships across Texas to expand health care to those in rural and remote areas of the state.
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  • Dr. Callender (left) with 45-year employees Dr. Joan Richardson, Dr. Barbara Thompson, Johnny Peterson, PhD, and Shirley McGraw.

    Employee Service Day celebrates 22,135 years of employee service

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    More than 1,700 UTMB employees were recognized for reaching important milestones in their careers during a festive Employee Service Day ceremony on May 31 on the Gal­veston Campus.
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    Walking in a nurse's shoes: UTMB leaders gain insight from front-line nurses during Nurses Week and Health System Week 2017

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Stacey Robinson became a nurse not only because she is an adrenaline junkie, but also because she wants to make a difference.
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    UTMB Graduate School awards 49 degrees at commencement

    June 20, 2017, 06:14 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 49 degrees during its commencement ceremony on May 19 in Levin Hall. Chief Research Officer, Senior Vice President and Dean, David W. Niesel, presided over the convocation.
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    Fast-track learning: Mini Medical School at UTMB's Angleton Danbury Campus graduates first class

    June 20, 2017, 06:14 AM by Simone Parker
    UTMB’s Mini Medical School graduated its first class at the Angleton Danbury Campus on April 26, which included nearly 60 participants from working professionals and community leaders to retired seniors and high school students.
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    Construction Update

    June 20, 2017, 06:13 AM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB’s three campuses continue to experience growth and expansion. The following are some of the projects currently underway at the institution.
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    Top tips to protect yourself from the Zika virus

    June 20, 2017, 06:13 AM by Scott Weaver, PhD, director of the UTMB Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and scientific director of the Galveston National Laboratory; and Dr. George Saade, professor and division chief of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UTMB
    As Texas weather heats up for the summer, mosquitoes that carry Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses become more active and abundant.
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    One year and growing!

    June 20, 2017, 06:12 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As UTMB’s League City Campus Hospital celebrates its one-year anniversary in June, all eyes are on the future.
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    Take the Impact survey: It's time to hear from you!

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Now that we’ve published nearly two dozen print issues, it’s time to hear from you! Visit iUTMB for a link to the online survey, as well as a printable PDF version.
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    From the President

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This edition highlights another Best Care in Action showing how UTMB’s Rehabilitation Services team revamped a “boot camp” class for knee- and hip-replacement candidates that has improved the overall patient experience and outcomes.
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    Working Wonders

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Nurses, surgical technologists and physicians from the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery represented UTMB at the Marfan Foundation’s Walk for Victory in Houston on March 25. Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue.
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    Best Care in Action: UTMB's Rehabilitation Services revamp "joint boot camp"

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Getting a knee or hip replaced is a major surgery requiring weeks—sometimes months—of recovery. As you can imagine, most patients have numerous questions and concerns for their health care team leading up to the operation.
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    Keeping hope: UTMB maternal-fetal medicine specialist shares her own journey through infertility

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Shannon Clarks' entire career revolves around bringing new life into the world. So when the high-risk obstetrician found out she may not be able to conceive children of her own at the age of 40, it was tough news to swallow.
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    A day in the life of a transplant coordinator

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Every day, Jeanene Trochesset sees how organ donation and transplant medicine provide recipients with a second chance at life. She’s spent the last 31 years working in nephrology-based positions at UTMB—from a pediatric dialysis nurse, to her current role as a post-transplant coordinator for UTMB’s kidney and pancreas transplant programs.
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    Advancing health through animal research: New website aims to inform employees and public about animal research at UTMB

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you take medication or get a vaccine or chemotherapy, chances are you’re able to do so because of animal research. In fact, most of the major medical advances in the last century were made possible through the help of laboratory animals.
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    Spotlight on Dustin Thomas, vice president for Decision Support

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dustin Thomas joined UTMB in 2016 as the financial executive over forecasting, budgeting and operational analytics. He oversees compilation of UTMB’s annual budget, financial business planning, and the institution-wide strategy for the UTMB Discover data warehouse and suite of analytics applications.
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    Defining the future of health care education: UTMB celebrates Health Education Center groundbreaking

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by Simone Parker
    A ceremonial groundbreaking on April 7 recognized the official start of construction on UTMB’s $90.4 million Health Education Center (HEC). A group of enthusiastic supporters, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors, gathered for the event at the building site on UTMB’s Galveston Campus.
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    Switching careers: SON graduate fulfills dream of becoming a nurse

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    For Charmarie Ritchie Reese, the path to getting her nursing degree went down a long road that led her first through the criminal justice system.
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    UTMB celebrates Earth Day

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by Simone Parker
    If you’re looking for ways to go green, look no further than UTMB. The university is ranked No. 2 in paper recycling and No. 3 in cardboard recycling among higher education institutions nationwide.
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  • Emergency Prep Tips

    Are you ready? Emergency prep made simple

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by Mike Mastrangelo, program director, Institutional Preparedness
    Hurricane season starts on June 1, but emergencies can come in many forms and in any location year-round—2016 floods and the John Sealy Hospital fire are just two reminders of that fact. Take the following actions now, before an emergency affects your work site or home, to ensure you are prepared.
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  • Therapy Dog

    Keep calm and pet a therapy dog

    May 22, 2017, 07:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    School of Nursing students were greeted by Pet Partners therapy dogs in April as they entered the UTMB Testing Center to take their exams.
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    From the President

    April 20, 2017, 12:51 PM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest edition of Impact! It’s hard to believe we celebrated the opening of the Jennie Sealy Hospital a year ago this month. As patients and families got their first glimpse of the state-of-the-art building, Jennie became a symbol of what vision and hope and hard work can inspire.
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    Working Wonders

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Two UTMB doctors, Jeffrey Aycock, DMD, an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident, and Dr. Andrew Grant, a professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, were onboard an Atlanta-to-Houston Southwest Airlines flight when a passenger fell ill. Aycock, Grant and nearly 20 other physicians happened to be on their way back from a conference and were able to help.
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    The power of collaboration: HR and Nursing Service team up to improve employee safety, patient outcomes

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Mobility is a critical piece of patient recovery. Research shows the earlier a patient gets out of bed and starts moving, the better health outcomes they will experience. However, getting patients mobilized can pose a risk to health care personnel—lifting is dangerous and can lead to employee injuries. A recent collaboration between UTMB Human Resources and Nursing Service is helping to solve that dilemma.
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    Screening to save lives: UTMB program aims to make lung cancer screening as routine as mammograms, colonoscopies

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Lisa Rogers says there’s little doubt in her mind that lung cancer screening saved her life. The 62-year-old Rosharon resident continually battled pneumonia and was in and out of the hospital several times over the past two years. But in February, while in the Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital with complications from pneumonia yet again, Rogers met Dr. Ikenna Okereke, chief of Thoracic Surgery.
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    Researchers find new gene interaction associated with increased MS risk

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    A person carrying variants of two particular genes could be almost three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings from scientists at UTMB and Duke University Medical Center.
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    Research Briefs

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by User Not Found
    New research led by Dr. Fangjian Guo, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB, suggests that the increase in women receiving BRCA gene testing may not necessarily mean better diagnosis of those at risk of certain types of cancer.
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    A day in the life of a Labor and Delivery nurse manager

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For more than two decades, Tandra Medellin has been part of patients’ most exhausting and most exhilarating moments—when they welcome their baby (or babies) into the world.
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