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    Best Care part of culture within CMC

    March 14, 2019, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Favour Onwukwe, a nurse in a Hospital Galveston facility known as 7A, is just one of the 3,000 CMC employees who provides constitutionally mandated levels of care to more than two-thirds of the state’s incarcerated offenders.
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    Driven by Data: Using UTMB Discover to reduce readmissions, deliver Best Care

    January 29, 2019, 14:09 PM by Jessica Wyble
    Defined as patients who return to the hospital within 30 days of their most recent discharge, 30-day readmissions at UTMB have been on the decline recently—boasting a 14.5 percent drop over the last two years. This notable trend has saved the institution nearly $2 million and was made possible in part by the development of programs and operational measures identified through the use of the Readmissions Explorer Application within UTMB Discover--an enterprise data warehouse and analytical toolkit that, through the use of various applications within it, aggregates real-time, accurate data generated by UTMB’s mission areas.
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    Improving patient access

    December 27, 2018, 20:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Over the past couple of years, UTMB has changed how it approaches the delivery of care to patients, particularly as it relates to improving access. That work was recognized in October when UTMB’s Ambulatory Operations— medical care provided on an outpatient basis in primary and specialty care clinics—was ranked 12th of 48 academic medical centers nationally that took part in the FY18 Vizient Ambulatory Quality and Accountability survey and achieved four-star performance.
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    Finding hope in tragedy

    September 8, 2018, 20:15 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzales
    Compassionate care delivered by UTMB health care professionals helped save a blood clot patient's life.
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    Visiting by video

    August 21, 2018, 20:15 PM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB’s Ambulatory Care Management Team is always looking for ways to better serve patients. So when Information Services approached the team about participating in a video visits pilot program, they knew this was something that could benefit patients—especially those who live in rural areas.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Fixing a broken heart: Adult congenital heart surgery at UTMB gives patient a second chance at life

    April 19, 2018, 19:38 PM by User Not Found
    Ruth Perez remembers the days when she could hardly get out of bed because of the headaches and shortness of breath. Always tired, she could hardly do a thing because her body couldn’t handle the exertion.
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    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.
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    1115 Waiver, Version 2.0

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    With just days to spare, UTMB leaders and participating health care providers were informed that a program providing funding for critical services for underserved patients will be extended another five years.
  • 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.”
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    A second chance at life

    February 23, 2018, 16:21 PM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB liver transplant recipient celebrates 10th wedding anniversary after a journey from near-death to new life.
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    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.
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    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.
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    We are open! Texas City and RMCHP Dickinson clinics reopen to patients following Hurricane Harvey

    January 25, 2018, 13:28 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Texas City Primary and Specialty Care Clinic and the Dickinson Regional Maternal and Child Health Program (RMCHP) clinics are happy to be back doing what they do best—serving patients and the community.
  • Wendy Lentino (left) and her daughter, Lily, reunite with NICU nurses Carrie Holloway (middle) and Lavonda Morgan.

    UTMB’s littlest survivors reunite with NICU doctors, nurses at 10th Annual Preemie Reunion

    December 20, 2017, 09:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB’s 10th Annual Preemie Reunion on Oct. 21 was the first time Wendy Lentino was able to take her baby, Liliana, out in public. “Lily finally gets to experience things that most of us take for granted, like the sun shining and the wind blowing,” said Lentino.
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    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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    UTMB scores an A for safety and quality

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB recently announced that the Health System has received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for its accomplishments in reducing errors, infections and accidents that have the potential to harm patients.