MORE THAN 1,600 UTMB EMPLOYEES WERE CELEBRATED for reaching important milestones in their careers during the annual Employee Service Day ceremony in late May.
Collectively, the employees honored at the May 22 event at Levin Hall on the Galveston Campus represented 22,000 years of service to UTMB and its mission. Special service pins were presented in five-year increments, with 40 years being the longest tenure honored at the ceremony.
In addition, 624 GEM card recipients were recognized for “Going the Extra Mile” in their daily activities.
Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the UTMB Health System, recognized six employees who have been with UTMB for 40 years. They are:
• Dr. Michael Malloy, professor in the Division of Pediatric Neonatology
• Amy Carroll, nurse clinician in the Mother Baby Unit at John Sealy Hospital on the Galveston Campus
• Dr. Vincent Conti, professor in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery
• Dr. Anne Hudson Jones, professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health and the Institute for the Medical Humanities
• Carolyn Johnson-McCorpen, medical assistant in Internal Medicine at the Primary Care Pavilion on the Galveston Campus.
• Dr. John Papaconstantinou, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
In addition, Vicky Easter, a Correctional Managed Care facility nurse manager at the Lindsey Unit in Jacksboro, Texas, received the 2019 Nicholas and Katherine Leone Award for Administrative Excellence.
The award recognizes a manager or supervisor at UTMB who displays the highest degree of professionalism, with a monetary prize of $7,500: $2,500 for the winning manager and $5,000 for developing and training in his or her department.
The Leone Award, established in 1971, is made possible through an endowment from Dr. Nicholas Leone, a former commanding officer and director of the Public Health Service Hospital in Galveston, and his wife, Katherine.