• 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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    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.
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    UTMB again achieves Magnet recognition

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center recently notified UTMB that it had met the criteria of the Magnet Recognition Program, which distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest honor for professional nursing practice.
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    Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic Now Open in Galveston!

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by User Not Found
    Whether it’s sniffles, aches and pains or bumps and bruises, UTMB Health’s Urgent Care clinics are open evenings and weekends to bring you relief. Located near you and staffed by UTMB physicians and medical professionals, these sites provide quality care and prompt attention for injuries and illnesses that are not life threatening.
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    Taking the message and the medicine home

    October 24, 2017, 17:23 PM by Shannon Porter
    Three of the scariest words in the English language are, “You have cancer.” “You don’t hear anything after that,” said Dr. Avi Markowitz, chief of hematology and oncology at UTMB. But thanks to a UTMB program called Taking the Message and the Medicine Home, the university is improving communication between patients, families and care providers.
  • This image and the photo below were taken by Dr. Doug Tyler on his cell phone, while traveling along I-45 in Dickinson.

    No water too high

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Shannon Porter
    When Deb McGrew first heard that hospitals in the northern part of Galveston County were not taking patients, and possibly even closing during Hurricane Harvey, she knew something needed to be done.
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    Storks in the storm

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    On a late August morning as Tropical Storm Harvey moved north of the Galveston County area, anyone would have excused Latasha Vernon if she was a bit cranky. She had been in her hospital room in John Sealy Hospital for a week.
  • 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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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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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    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.