From the President

Oct 21, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender

Callender, David15Welcome to the latest issue of Impact.

I’d like to start by congratulating each of you for your efforts in helping UTMB be named a winner of the prestigious 2018 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

We are one of 11 academic health science centers in the U.S. to be honored, and this marks the second year in a row that our university has received this national recognition for providing superior patient care in our hospitals, as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. This is an outstanding accomplishment and a testament to the value UTMB provides to those we serve.

In addition, I’m pleased to share the good news that UTMB has signed a lease and taken possession of the hospital facility in Webster that formerly was known as the Bay Area Regional Medical Center.

With this formal agreement in place, we are in the process of commissioning the UTMB Health Clear Lake Campus to join our already established campuses in Galveston, Angleton and League City. This new campus represents a tremendous opportunity for us to fulfill our education, research and patient care missions and gives us even greater ability to provide health care services for one of the fastest growing regions in Texas. While no opening date is set just yet, we intend to see our first patients at the new campus in early 2019.

In the meantime, this issue covers a wide range of stories about how employees far and wide are fulfilling our mission. They include:

  • Our researcher’s efforts in adapting the Zika vaccine to fight brain cancer
  • A Day in the Life of Christine Lai, an inpatient physical therapist on our Galveston Campus
  • The Hector P. Garcia Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
  • The Global Infectious Disease Research Network addressing threats to health around the world
  • The latest Coaching for Emerging Leaders graduates
  • President’s Cabinet Award winners
  • The hidden talent of an extraordinary artist
  • A summary of recent Pulse videos
  • Tips for improving women’s health
  • This month’s trivia question and more

As always, send your story ideas, nominees for the Hidden Talents column and trivia answers to the Impact team. And thank you for all you do to serve UTMB and advance our mission.

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President