Welcome to the latest issue of Impact.
This issue highlights the contributions of our faculty and staff and your ongoing commitment to improving health for the people of Texas and around the world.
In particular, this edition includes an article on the annual Employee Service Day celebration, which was held May 22. During that event, we honored more than 1,600 employees who achieved significant service milestones and 624 GEM card recipients. Also honored were six employees who have each dedicated more than four decades of service to the university and this year’s winner of the Nicholas and Katherine Leone Award for Administrative Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes one manager or supervisor each year who displays the highest degree of professionalism in his or her work on behalf of UTMB.
As always, Impact includes numerous articles that highlight your efforts to advance our mission areas. Among them:
- A Day in the Life of Ron Krenek, a facilities operations technician, and his fellow team members on the UTMB Clear Lake Campus;
- A new Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) nutrition program that promotes population health initiatives;
- A new vaccine against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) developed by UTMB researchers;
- More than 400 School of Nursing graduates recognized at commencement;
- Five myths typically associated with vaccines; and
- Hidden talent, trivia, kudos 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.
Dr. David L. Callender