From the President

Dec 31, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender

Callender, David15I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we reach the end of another calendar year, one in which we continued to work together to fulfill our mission in remarkable ways despite some challenges we faced along the way. 

As I reflect on 2018, I’m inspired and amazed at our achievements, which were made possible by each member of our UTMB family. Indeed, the past year has given us many reasons to celebrate. Some highlights included: 

  • Educating a historic number of students in our four schools 
  • Announcing the creation of our new Clear Lake Campus, which will open to patients in February 2019 
  • Continuing research initiatives that are leading to groundbreaking and life-saving discoveries 
  • Leading a successful SECC campaign for the 25th consecutive year 
  • Hard-wiring our Best Care results—we now rank fourth among 99 participating academic medical centers and have achieved five-star performance for the second year in a row 

Your hard work and commitment made these—and many other accomplishments— possible and have paved the way for continued success in 2019. This issue of Impact features stories about the people who make UTMB the exceptional organization it is, including: 

  • A Day in the Life of Dr. Joseph Sheringo, a dentist working in UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care program 
  • Ambulatory operations receiving national recognition for improving access to patient care 
  • Researchers developing a less expensive way to produce and store vaccines 
  • The Galveston National Laboratory celebrating its 10th anniversary 
  • A closer look at our annual luncheon to celebrate veterans 
  • Numerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column 
Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President