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    On the cutting edge

    July 12, 2018, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    While continuous improvement through lifelong learning has been a key part of UTMB’s culture for years, this tenet comes to life at the Sealy and Smith Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment and Research (LSTAR).
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    Always focused on providing Best Care

    June 7, 2018, 20:15 PM by Mary Feldhusen
    The focus on providing Best Care extends well beyond the unit or clinic setting, as every employee contributes—directly or indirectly—to providing top-notch care to patients across our institution.
  • Best Care In Action: Imaging Stewardship

    X-ray Vision: UTMB's Imaging Stewardship team focuses on patient safety, addressing overutilization

    May 28, 2018, 20:20 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Although medical imaging technology is crucial to the timely diagnosis and management of many conditions, UTMB radiologist Dr. John Heymann admits: The volume of imaging tests has gotten out of hand.
  • Dr. Erin Hommel goes over a pain contract with all patients who are taking or are considering taking opioids for chronic pain.

    Pain reframed: UTMB's Opioid Stewardship team focuses on safe prescribing, alternative treatments for pain

    April 19, 2018, 19:40 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When it comes to opioid addiction, many people don’t see it coming. It can happen to anyone, anywhere—and quickly spiral out of control. “I’ve had patients who had a surgical procedure and three weeks later were addicted to heroin,” said Dr. Edythe Harvey, an addiction psychiatrist at UTMB.
  • The Lab Stewardship Team

    Right test, right time, right patient: Lab Stewardship Team focuses on appropriate medical testing, improving patient safety

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Thousands. That’s how many different laboratory tests physicians may choose from when diagnosing, screening or monitoring a patient. It’s a vast menu—including common tests that measure glucose levels or specialty tests that screen for Zika virus. However, growing evidence shows that just because a test is available, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to have it done.
  • Dr. Abe DeAnda performs a heart surgery without blood transfusion.

    Rethinking blood transfusions: UTMB’s Patient Blood Management Program focuses on better blood use, better patient outcomes

    February 23, 2018, 16:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Abe DeAnda trained in cardiac surgery years ago, he was given some dangerous advice. “There were a lot of old rules of thumb such as, ‘If you need to give one (unit of blood), give two,’” recalled DeAnda, who is now professor and chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at UTMB. “Every resident memorized that about blood transfusions. It was probably the most dangerous rule you could learn in medicine.”
  • HG Length of Stay team members (L-R): Claudia Thomas, Paulicia Grimes, Kenia Latin, Oyebamiji Adebayo, Marjorie Kovacevich, Dr. Olubgenga Ojo, Veronica Kwarteng-Amaning, Nancy Ritzmann and Angel Male.

    Continuity of care behind bars: UTMB Hospital Galveston initiative improves average length of stay, patient throughput

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On any given day, all 110 acute care beds in UTMB Hospital Galveston are full. While some patients are preparing for discharge, new patients are brought in by bus, ambulance and vans from prison units all over the state. As the state’s aging prison population requires increased medical care, the maximum security hospital on UTMB’s Galveston Campus often faces a challenge: there aren’t enough beds to go around.
  • Dr. Jason Ross, a senior radiology resident, stands in front of a CT machine.

    Everyday Best Care: UTMB radiologist steps out of his comfort zone to provide exceptional, compassionate care for cancer patient

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by Erin Swearingen
    When Irene Slovak, who was an otherwise healthy 74-year-old woman, began experiencing stomach pain and fatigue, she knew something wasn’t right.
  • UTMB’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program includes an interprofessional committee that meets weekly to discuss targeted work across the institution.

    Handling antibiotics with care: UTMB's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program aims to protect health and preserve the power of antibiotics

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eighty years ago, infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia were leading causes of death in the U.S. Thanks to the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, that’s not the case anymore. However, these drugs have been used—often overused—for so long that the bacteria the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.
  • UTMB’s Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit discusses patient care plans during their daily Progression of Care Round.

    Timing it right: UTMB inpatient units focus on appropriate length of stay, planning for safe discharge

    November 20, 2017, 11:17 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Every morning between 8 and 9 a.m., groups of interdisciplinary teams meet at all inpatient units in Galveston, League City and Angleton Danbury to discuss each and every patient in the hospital. They’re called “Progression of Care Rounds,” or POCR (pronounced “poker”) rounds, and for the past year, they have been making a difference in both patient outcomes and length of stay.
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    Adding value to Best Care

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Adding value to patient care is on the mind of nearly every health care organization across the country. As we shift from a volume-based to a value-based health care world, improving outcomes and reducing costs has become critically important.
  • Dr. Sharma speaks at the Galveston Campus celebration on Oct. 16. For more photos from all three campus celebrations, visit UTMB’s Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/utmb.

    Welcome to your 5-star academic health center

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB was among 12 U.S. academic health centers to receive the 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award on Sept. 14. Based on the final results of our Vizient survey, UTMB now ranks ninth among 107 participating organizations and has achieved 5-star performance.
  • Nurse manager Robert Hastedt (center) and the MICU nursing team

    Best Care in Action: Protecting patients against infection

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Keeping patients safe is the No. 1 priority for nursing staff in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UTMB’s Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. For the past two years, they have been working to reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs), which patients can get while receiving medical treatment in the hospital.
  • Christine Wade (right) and Pam Cruz (4th from left) with members of the Emergency Department care team.

    Best Care in Action: Curing ER wait times

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Crowding in the emergency room and long wait times seem to be the “norm” at hospitals across the country. But Christine Wade and her colleagues in UTMB’s Emergency Department on the Galveston Campus are working hard to change that perception.
  • Dr. Randall Urban (left) with members of the Daniels Team, Drs. Matthew Mrazek, Megan Berman, Lindsay Sonstein, Brian Harris and Carlos Clark.

    Moving on up! UTMB continues rising in academic medical center rankings, pushes toward Best Care goals

    June 20, 2017, 06:20 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For many months, UTMB’s Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer Dr. Gulshan Sharma has been living and breathing UTMB’s No. 1 priority goal—the Best Care initiative, which challenges UTMB to achieve a top 20 ranking among academic medical centers by 2018.
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    Best Care in Action: UTMB's Rehabilitation Services revamp "joint boot camp"

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Getting a knee or hip replaced is a major surgery requiring weeks—sometimes months—of recovery. As you can imagine, most patients have numerous questions and concerns for their health care team leading up to the operation.
  • (Left) SICU employees test out the PACE device. (Right) Kathleen O’Neill (green shirt) stands next to an assistive device with Nursing/SICU emloyees

    The power of collaboration: HR and Nursing Service team up to improve employee safety, patient outcomes

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Mobility is a critical piece of patient recovery. Research shows the earlier a patient gets out of bed and starts moving, the better health outcomes they will experience. However, getting patients mobilized can pose a risk to health care personnel—lifting is dangerous and can lead to employee injuries. A recent collaboration between UTMB Human Resources and Nursing Service is helping to solve that dilemma.
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    Best Care in Action: Getting to the heart of blood pressure control

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    In less than a year, UTMB’s ambulatory clinics have gotten to the heart of a big health issue: hypertension. It’s often symptomless, but can be a dangerous disease—leading to stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease.
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    Best Care in Action: UTMB employee exemplifies how compassionate care can help patients—and their beloved pets

    February 17, 2017, 16:14 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Taking care of patients’ four-legged friends is not part of Judy Trevino’s job description. But that didn’t stop the medical lab scientist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus from showing compassion when a newly admitted patient needed help.
  • Dr. Dave Khurana with Jennifer Elmore (R), cluster nurse manager, and Beverly Pennington (L), nurse practitioner.

    Best Care in Action: CMC dialysis team surpasses standard of care, lowers medical costs

    January 19, 2017, 17:34 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The UTMB Correctional Managed Care dialysis team works like a well-oiled machine, seamlessly treating about 46 patients at a time between the Estelle Unit in Huntsville and Carole Young Medical Facility in Dickinson. Dialysis machines run nonstop six days a week between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. to ensure UTMB CMC’s 211 dialysis patients receive care with patient outcomes above state and national standards. The team has found success through interdisciplinary collaboration, innovative use of resources, commitment to excellence and a focus on providing Best Care.