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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.
  • Dr. Harold Pine stands at Everest Base Camp, an elevation of about 17,500 feet

    Extreme expedition: Team from UTMB takes medical mission trip to Mount Everest

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Five minutes after landing in Nepal in 2015, Dr. Harold Pine and his UTMB medical mission team experienced a catastrophic earthquake that devastated the region. Their carefully planned three-week trek to hold ear, nose and throat clinics in remote villages was turned upside down. Since then, Pine, a pediatric otolaryngologist, vowed to return to the region to finish what his team started.
  • 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.
  • Taylor Deluna holds her diploma after being surprised by UTMB Children’s Hospital staff.

    UTMB Children's Hospital staff plan surprise high school graduation ceremony for patient

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When young patients stay at UTMB Children’s Hospital, important milestones such as birthdays, last days of chemotherapy and even high school graduations don’t go uncelebrated.
  • 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.
  • Emily Blomberg (left) shadowed nurse Stacey Robinson during a total knee surgery.

    Walking in a nurse's shoes: UTMB leaders gain insight from front-line nurses during Nurses Week and Health System Week 2017

    June 20, 2017, 06:15 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Stacey Robinson became a nurse not only because she is an adrenaline junkie, but also because she wants to make a difference.
  • 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.
  • ShannonClark

    Keeping hope: UTMB maternal-fetal medicine specialist shares her own journey through infertility

    May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Shannon Clarks' entire career revolves around bringing new life into the world. So when the high-risk obstetrician found out she may not be able to conceive children of her own at the age of 40, it was tough news to swallow.
  • (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.
  • Lung Screening

    Screening to save lives: UTMB program aims to make lung cancer screening as routine as mammograms, colonoscopies

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Lisa Rogers says there’s little doubt in her mind that lung cancer screening saved her life. The 62-year-old Rosharon resident continually battled pneumonia and was in and out of the hospital several times over the past two years. But in February, while in the Angleton Danbury Campus Hospital with complications from pneumonia yet again, Rogers met Dr. Ikenna Okereke, chief of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Women's Clinic

    New UTMB clinics!

    April 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Women's HealthCare Clinic in Friendswood and Angleton Urgent Care Clinic are now open!
  • 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.
  • Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB, Galveston employees copy

    Help—Just a phone call away: Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB available 24/7 to educate and save lives

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by Simone Parker
    The Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB is a bustling place. The center receives about 120 calls each day about poisonings and toxic exposures from the public and medical health professionals.
  • NICU

    Working Wonders during John Sealy Hospital fire

    February 17, 2017, 16:12 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford and Simone Parker
    More than 110 patients were safely relocated on Jan. 4 after a fire broke out in a non-patient care area of John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. While the fire was contained to a small area, the smoke was not—requiring full evacuation of both John Sealy Hospital and John Sealy Annex. Hundreds of UTMB employees from all areas of the institution immediately jumped into action, putting their emergency training to use to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors and colleagues.
  • UTVirtualHealthNetwork

    UTMB leading creation of statewide telemedicine network

    February 17, 2017, 16:11 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB physicians have been practicing telemedicine for more than 20 years, delivering care via video conferencing to Texas prison inmates, cruise ship passengers, researchers in Antarctica and patients in rural parts of the state. So it only makes sense for UTMB to lead the coordination and implementation of a UT System initiative connecting all eight UT health care institutions under one statewide telemedicine network.
  • Myra Guerra sets up a colposcope, used to perform cervical biopsies and loop electrosurgical excision procedures, before the clinic staff begins to see patients.

    RMCHP clinic provides cancer screenings, fills unique role for women in the Rio Grande Valley

    January 19, 2017, 17:31 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    In a single year, thousands of women will walk through the doors of a nondescript building in downtown McAllen, Texas. That decision could end up saving their lives. The building is one of UTMB’s 13 Regional Maternal and Child Health Program clinics spread out across the state and it serves a unique role for women in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Urgent Care Clinic

    We're Growing! New clinics open on the Mainland

    October 19, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The new Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic is located in Texas City in the current Primary and Specialty Care Clinic.
  • Jody Domingue receives cancer care treatment at UTMB

    Compassionate care inspires cancer patient to give back

    August 17, 2016, 13:57 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Gwyn Richardson hears a bell ring at UTMB’s Cancer Center in Galveston or League City, it’s music to her ears. “It’s a happy, happy sound,” said Richardson, a gynecologic oncologist and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “It signifies the end of cancer treatment and has been a UTMB tradition for many years. Patients also ring a bell when they reach certain milestones, such as one-year or five-year anniversaries being cancer-free.”
  • Run2

    Finishing strong: New service offered for runners could help prevent injury, improve efficiency

    August 17, 2016, 13:57 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Are you a serious runner who always gets aches and pains at mile 14 of a marathon? Are you looking to improve your form and shed a few seconds off your 10K personal record? If so, a video running analysis could help. The analysis is a new service now offered by UTMB’s Occupational and Physical Therapy Clinic in Galveston.
  • UTMB’s coagulation DMT includes (L-R): Drs. Jack Alperin, Michael Laposata, Aristides Koutrouvelis, Camila Simoes, Chad Botz, Aaron Wyble and Jacob Wooldridge.

    A team approach to diagnostic management

    July 21, 2016, 08:37 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, vividly remembers an exchange he had with an internal medicine resident back in 1984. “I was a first-year clinical pathology resident at the time and he asked me a simple lab test question; he didn’t know how to further evaluate an abnormally prolonged clotting test for a patient with unexplained bleeding,” said Laposata, professor and chair of UTMB’s Department of Pathology. “It surprised me.”