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  • 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.
  • Joint Boot Camp

    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.
  • Best Care in Action Hypertension

    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.
  • JudyandDog

    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.
  • The OB Services improvement team

    Best Care in Action: Multidisciplinary OB Services improvement team strengthens clinical documentation, ensures patient safety

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Providing safe and effective patient care is the top priority for UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. So when they learned UTMB would face penalties of $2.5 million—due to new state rules for Medicaid reimbursement regarding Obstetrical cases for potentially preventable complications (PPCs)—it surprised many.
  • IS Epic Support Team

    Best Care in Action: IS Epic Support team takes care of the caregivers

    November 21, 2016, 07:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When the Texas City Urgent Care clinic opened on Oct. 3, UTMB’s Epic Support team was there to help ensure every patient received the best care. Although team members don’t provide hands-on medical care, the expert support they provide to physicians, nurses and other caregivers regarding UTMB’s electronic health record has a significant impact on the care patients receive.
  • Dr. Walser

    Best Care in Action: Face-to-face communication improves radiology care

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Face-to-face communication is important to UTMB’s Chair of Radiology, Dr. Eric Walser. Since the opening of the Jennie Sealy Hospital, Walser has made it a daily habit to trek from his office in the University Health Clinics building to the new hospital, where he makes a stop on most floors to talk directly with physicians, nursing staff and patients.
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    Best Care: All UTMB employees are needed to achieve goal

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Every employee at UTMB contributes to patient care. Whether you work directly with patients on a daily basis or not—each person who wears a UTMB badge impacts the overall patient experience on some level.