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    A day in the life of a Facilities Operations Technician

    June 24, 2019, 08:59 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Across UTMB, there are 116 employees in Property Services, including 98 technicians, who maintain the institution’s 10.5 million gross square feet of facilities that are part of our operations. Ron Krenek, a Facilities Operations Technician is a part of that team and helps keep UTMB's buildings and structures up and running.
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    A day in the life of the Auxiliary of Angleton Danbury

    May 28, 2019, 12:59 PM by Shannon Porter
    Sara McDaniel smiles as she looks up from the stack of papers she’s busily preparing for patients. Every Wednesday morning, she’s the first person a patient sees as they enter the Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital.
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    A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Specialist

    March 30, 2019, 12:59 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Diane Ugartechea is an occupational therapist at the League City Campus where she helps patients recover and heal in both the hospital and rehabilitation gym setting.
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    A day in the life of a Principal facilities project manager

    February 27, 2019, 12:59 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Leonard LaComb, a principal facilities project manager for UTMB Design and Construction, oversees the exterior construction of the new South Tower that will add five stories and boost the patient bed count to nearly 100 as the campus rapidly expands to meet growing patient demand.
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    A day in the life of a Point-of-care-testing technical supervisor

    January 30, 2019, 21:30 PM by Jessica Wyble
    At the start of every day, Rina Kalariya sits at her desk checking the latest performance reports for the point-of-care-testing (POCT) equipment she helps maintain and manage. It’s just one part of her role as technical supervisor for the POCT group within UTMB’s Laboratory Services department, but it’s an important one. “It’s my job to do this initial review every day to ensure there are no outliers [out-of-the-ordinary figures] and that the machines are producing accurate results,” says Kalariya. Producing rapid results and taking place as the patient is receiving care, POCT allows patients to receive faster diagnoses. This means they can more quickly receive the appropriate care they need. To perform this type of diagnostic screening, UTMB has specialized equipment that receives routine quality control checks and maintenance.
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    A day in the life of a CMC dentist

    December 30, 2018, 21:30 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Dr. Joseph Sheringo is one of 74 dentists practicing in UTMB-CMC Dental Services, which also employs 26 dental hygienists and 112 dental assistants who together provide care to the majority of the prison population in the state of Texas.
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    A day in the life of an inpatient physical therapist

    October 20, 2018, 21:30 PM by Jessica Wyble
    When Christine Lai thinks back to her first exposure to the world of physical therapy, her grandfather comes to mind. After having several strokes, he needed the help of trained physical rehabilitation professionals to regain his strength and command of his body. As a child, Lai sometimes accompanied her parents to his therapy sessions, where she witnessed firsthand the integral role the physical therapists played in his recovery.
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    A day in the life of an assistant director for the UTMB Office of Student Life

    September 12, 2018, 21:30 PM by Shannon Porter
    Ask anyone who has been a student at UTMB in the past 30 years, and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you they’ve met Mike Cromie. For going on three decades now, Cromie has played an integral role in working with students all across the institution, first as a representative in the financial aid office and now as the assistant director of student life.
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    A day in the life of an institutional ADA officer

    August 22, 2018, 21:30 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Lela Lockett-Ware, UTMB’s institutional American with Disabilities Act (ADA) officer, will conduct more than 100 ergonomic worksite evaluations in a year, just one of the many responsibilities this occupational therapist will tackle in a given day.
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    A day in the life of a surgical resident at the Angleton Danbury Campus

    July 14, 2018, 21:30 PM by Shannon Porter
    Dr. Laticia Stewart’s day begins hours before she ever steps inside the doors of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Hospital. Mondays are usually a clinic day at the Angleton Danbury Campus for Stewart. But this particular Monday starts before sunrise in Galveston, after she responds to an early-morning call for residents to cover procedures at Hospital Galveston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility on UTMB’s island campus.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB Police detective

    June 7, 2018, 21:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Sleep doesn't always come easy for UTMB Detective Greg Gaona. He often wakes up in the middle of the night with an “aha” moment that may crack a case or lead to an arrest. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an idea come to mind at 3 a.m. and I have to go write it down,” he says. “Putting puzzles together and solving cases, especially complex cases—I can’t tell you how rewarding that is. You have to be persistent, nosy and think outside the box.”
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    A day in the life of a sustainability coordinator

    May 28, 2018, 21:30 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Angela McDowell likes to talk trash… and recycling. As UTMB’s sustainability coordinator, she’s passionate about promoting environmentally conscious attitudes and planet-friendly habits across the institution. It’s an ambitious endeavor, but she’s up to the challenge.
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    A day in the life of a patient service specialist

    April 19, 2018, 19:37 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Flu? Poison Ivy? Spider bite? Broken bone? Rash? You name it, Tasheda Johnson has seen it. “Every day is different—you never know what situation is going to walk through the door when you work in urgent care,” she says.
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    A day in the life of a graduate student

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Ever since she can remember, UTMB graduate student Elizabeth Jaworski has had “a thing” for science. “I love it so much! I really do. It can be a huge challenge but it’s fun—you’re at the forefront of discovery, which is really exciting,” she says.
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    A day in the life of a patient transporter

    February 23, 2018, 16:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For Jeimmy Banegas and Darion Alexander, working as patient transporters means much more than just taking patients from point A to point B. It’s about providing excellent customer service, supporting patients when they need it most—and always greeting everyone who comes through the door with a smile.
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    A day in the life of a stroke coordinator

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Stroke Coordinator Brenda Yanez lives and breathes the mantra “Time is brain.” “Every minute counts after a person has a stroke,” she says.
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    A day in the life of a patient registration specialist

    December 20, 2017, 09:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When a patient arrives at the emergency department on UTMB's Galveston Campus, there’s a good chance Vonday Millier will be the first university employee they see. “We really set the tone for the patient’s visit,” says Millier, a patient registration specialist and team leader within Revenue Cycle Operations (RCO).
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    A day in the life of Alumni Relations

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    It's 8 a.m. on a Saturday and Kim Barfield is in the midst of two days of nonstop receptions, luncheons, speakers and reunion dinners. More than 400 UTMB alumni and their guests have descended upon the San Luis Resort in Galveston for Homecoming Weekend—an October event that Barfield, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, and her team have been preparing for all year.
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    A day in the life of a mammographer

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    All it takes is 20 minutes for Heather Fields to help a woman take control of her breast health. “A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer early—when it is most treatable,” said Fields, a breast imaging technologist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus. “It only takes a few minutes and it saves lives.”
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    A day in the life of a UTMB volunteer

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If you’re an employee or patient who frequents UTMB’s League City Campus, chances are you’ve met Jessica Norris. For the past year, she’s donated her time and energy to pushing a beverage cart around all League City Campus clinics—making sure no patient, family member or employee is overlooked.