Working Wonders - July

Jul 21, 2016, 08:37 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
Marcus Yanez
Marcus Yanez,
a pharmacy technician at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, was recently honored by Angleton High School students for being an exceptional teacher. As part of the Health Technology partnership with area high schools, students come to ADC to shadow various positions and learn about health care careers. The students appreciated Yanez so much, they presented him with a card and invited him to the 25-yard line at the high school graduation ceremony so they could introduce him to their parents. Teaching was Yanez’s My Road Ahead goal. His pharmacy manager, Samantha Kibodeaux, says he has done a great job and students really look up to him.
Jim LeDuc
Jim LeDuc, PhD, director of the Galveston National Laboratory, has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences with a lifetime appointment as a National Associate of the National Research Council. This honor is bestowed upon those who have provided extraordinary service to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. While thousands volunteer their time to committee activities each year, only a select few are singled out for their dedication and exemplary contributions for the honor of National Associate.

UTMB has earned the “Military Friendly” designation thanks to the efforts of UTMB’s Diversity Council and the Veterans Resource Group. The designation comes from Victory Media, a nationally recognized ratings entity and trusted resource on post-military education and employment options for veterans and military families. Military Friendly schools and employers represent the top tier of institutions in the recruitment and retention of military employees, students and spouses.
AmberClaytonAmber Clayton will serve as the director of Health System Special Projects in support of the John Sealy Hospital Modernization Project. She has been at UTMB for 17 years and had been serving as a project development and support manager. UTMB Health System Chief Operating Officer Deb McGrew said, in addition to Clayton’s experience in project management, quality and nursing, Clayton’s personal experience will bring a great perspective to the team as the Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s units are modernized. Clayton is the mother of triplets who were born almost three months early and spent three months in a neonatal intensive care unit.
HoustonPressClubUTMB’s Nursing Service received a Houston Press Club’s 2016 Lone Star Award (Silver) for the “UTMB Health Nursing Annual Report” in the Public Relations Annual Report category. The annual event honors the best in Texas media and is open to media professionals working in TV, radio, magazines and to all public relations specialists. Award recipients were honored at a banquet at Rice University’s Grand Hall on June 25.

MaribelBhojaniMaribel Bhojani, a clinical educator at UTMB, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Association for Nursing Professional Development–Houston Affiliate. The ANPD aims to inspire members to excel by providing educational services, networking, advocacy and research to support the unique needs of nursing professional development.

Steven LiebermanDr. Steve Lieberman, senior dean for administration in the School of Medicine, has been named interim dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine in the coming year during the search for a permanent dean. During this time, he will return to Galveston Campus approximately monthly as he continues to serve UTMB through strategic oversight of the SOM’s teaching allocation system and executive sponsorship of UTMB’s TEAM Clinic in Texas City. He will also continue to mentor faculty members and continue some of his teaching duties.
PRSA_cmyk_prefThe Internal Communications Team in the Office of Marketing and Communications was awarded the national Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America for “Let’s Talk! Strengthening Internal Communications at UTMB.” This team, working with the UTMB Internal Communications Council, developed and implemented the Weekly Relay meetings we have throughout UTMB, which earned the award. The team also was awarded the Silver Excalibur Award of Excellence from the PRSA Houston chapter and the Bronze Quill Award of Excellence from the Houston chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
WeAreOrlandoMore than 80 people gathered outside the Moody Medical Library on June 24 to remember the victims and survivors of the Orlando night club shooting. The vigil, organized by UTMB’s Student Government Association, honored the 49 lives that were lost and signified the SGA’s unwavering objection to hateful actions against any person, particularly the LGBTQ community, both on campus and beyond. The event included a reading of each victim’s name followed by a moment of silence for prayer and remembrance; an opportunity for people to express their grief, condolences and hope by signing a #WeAreOrlando banner (pictured) to be displayed at the Student Center; a performance of Amazing Grace by the student a cappella group, Syncope; and access to counselors from Student Health and Wellness.