We have had an eventful spring with the openings of Jennie Sealy Hospital and, on June 4, the League City Hospital. Each is a major milestone in UTMB’s historic mission, and I’d like to thank each of you for contributing to the successful launch of these new facilities and your ongoing work to improve health through excellence, innovation and compassion.
In late April, we held our annual emergency and hurricane preparedness meeting, where we discussed how the university makes decisions in an emergency and what is expected from each employee before, during and after an emergency.
An active hurricane season is predicted, but as flooding, cybersecurity threats and other disruptions have shown us, preparedness is a year-round effort. I strongly encourage you to visit www.utmb.edu/emergency_plan
to familiarize yourself with UTMB’s emergency operations information so that you and your family are well prepared. If you haven’t already done so, please take time now to update your emergency notification information online in Employee Self-Service.
You can learn more about the importance of emergency preparations inside this issue, along with stories about our people. Among them:
- A day in the life of Tonya Visor, senior communications specialist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus
- A profile of Tom Engells, UTMB police chief
- How a new agreement will enable UTMB researchers to work with Cuban scientists in the fight against infectious diseases
- How the UTMB Milestones Gala fundraiser celebrated our 125-year history, while also generating $3.7 million in support for scholarship and faculty endowments
- Tips on getting a good night’s sleep by Thomas Speer, associate professor in UTMB’s Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Enjoy the articles and tell us what you think. Thanks again for all that you do to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.
Dr. David L. Callender