Working Wonders

Jun 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford

BabyShowerNursing staff
from UTMB’s Blocker Burn Unit coordinated a surprise baby shower for the wife of a patient who had been receiving care in the unit for three months. Sylvia Garcia was seven months pregnant when her husband was injured and taken to UTMB. She switched her doctor from her hometown of McAllen to UTMB to be near her husband.The Burn Unit staff pitched in to buy gifts, decorations and food for the baby shower and invited the couple’s families to attend on May 2. Shortly after, Garcia gave birth at UTMB to a healthy baby boy on May 9. She expressed her gratitude to the nurses and said it was something she’ll never forget.
UTMB nurses Meredith Hartzog (Adult Patient Care Services) and Gwen Hildebrand (Neuro/NeurosurgeryICU) were selected as two of the top 150 nurses in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle. The nurses were honored during National Nurse’s Week at the Salute to Nurses Luncheon presented by the Chronicle on May 5. Hartzog and Hildebrand were selected among hundreds of nominations by a panel of educators and leaders identified by the Chronicle.

HarshiniMark Hellmich, PhD, a professor of surgery and physiology and biophysics, Harshini Neelakantan, PhD, a research scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and John Stonestreet, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Medical Humanities, were among participants from across Texas who completed the “Successful Entrepreneurship in Healthcare” program in May. Directed by UTMB’s Stanley Watowich, PhD, an associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the program, in partnership with UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, focused on converting innovative therapeutics and medical device technologies into successful startup companies. Participants showcased their company’s value propositions in an eight-minute pitch delivered to an elite investor panel on the final day of the program.
Dr. James Vanderploeg, professor of Aerospace Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, received the 2016 Joe Kerwin Award from the Aerospace Medical Association. The award is named after Dr. Joe Kerwin, the first physician selected for astronaut training in the U.S. space program. Vanderploeg received the award at the AsMA’s annual meeting in April for his groundbreaking work evaluating individuals with chronic medical conditions undergoing a simulated commercial spaceflight experience.

WilledBodyThe Andreas Vesalius Osler Student Society and the Willed Body Memorial Ceremony Committee sponsored this year’s Willed Body Memorial Ceremony on April 6 at the Old Red Amphitheater. The event celebrated the lives of those who have generously donated their bodies to science and medicine. Dr. Susan McCammon, vice chair and co-director of UTMB’s Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck, was the featured speaker. Students from the Galveston Campus, including the School of Health Professions and School of Medicine lent an inspirational air to the program through their musical performances and artwork.

Several TDCJ Hospital Galveston Correctional Managed Care employees were recognized during a special awards ceremony on May 11, hosted by Dr. Owen Murray, vice president of Correctional Managed Care, and Dr. Olugbenga Ojo, chief medical officer of TDCJ Hospital Galveston. Mohamed Mohamud, a nurse in Medical/Surgical Telemetry, was the winner of this year’s Owen Murray Award for Nursing Excellence; Kellie Perrone, a patient care technician in the Transitional Care Unit, received the Award for Administrative Excellence; Don Bosco, a senior warden, was recognized for his service excellence; and nurses Paula Stangeland and Bryan Hicks were honored for going above and beyond in responding to an accident involving multiple traumas.

CMC Nursing Excellence
Owen Murray Award for Nursing Excellence nominees and awardee: (L-R) Dr. Olugbenga Ojo, Paula Stangeland (who accepted the nomination on behalf of Jayasree Narayanan), Elodia Rodriguez, Bryan Hicks, Oyebamiji Adebayo, Mohamed Mohamud (awardee), Patricia Crosby and Dr. Owen Murray.

CMC Admin Excellence
Administrative Excellence award nominees and awardee: (L-R) Dr. Olugbenga Ojo, Bridget Jones, Kellie Perrone (awardee), Jessica Wallace, Oralia “Lolly” Zuniga, Hemal Amin, Lori Glycenfer and Dr. Owen Murray.